Articles from March, 2015

Works without faith


In the March 2015 issue of Catholic Insight, a letter to the editor opines that “many Catholics tend to treat Sunday Mass and receiving Communion as the principal, and sometimes only action required of them.” The letter writer sees Holy Mass as “only a start to our following His teaching.” He believes that once we leave the church after Sunday Mass, many of us are “oblivious to the rest of Christ’s teaching, which is centred on love of your neighbour.” ... (Continue reading)

5th Sunday of Lent: Passiontide


‘And I when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.’ Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death He was to die. (Jn 12:33) The veiled statues and images in our church indicate that we have entered into what was once known as Passiontide. The sacred liturgy leads us to ponder and to reflect on the saving mystery of our Lord’s sacred Passion which our Lord refers to as His hour. "Now my soul is ... (Continue reading)

Cardinal Burke, Msgr. Foy, Fr. Hardon: Protecting the Catholic family


Parents are understandably upset about Ontario's new sex-ed curriculum that is being forced upon our children despite opposition from thousands of concerned citizens. Many of us feel that it is increasingly difficult to protect our children from the immorality prevalent in society. To make things worse, according to LifeSiteNews, the general secretary of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (ACBO), Roger Lawler, "is a partisan Liberal who has been tweeting his support for the Wynne government’s controversial sex-ed program." ... (Continue reading)

4th Sunday in Lent: Life’s meaning and purpose


For we are what He has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life. (Eph 2:10) Today is Laetare Sunday. It is so designated because Laetare is the first word of the Introit or Entrance Antiphon of the Mass: Laetare Jerusalem; Rejoice Jerusalem, and all who love her. In the middle of this penitential season of Lent, as we hasten towards the celebration of the Paschal Triduum with prompt devotion ... (Continue reading)

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Where have all the new religions gone?

Dale Ahlquist

It's been a while since anyone started a new religion. It's not as easy as you think. You have to get a believable number of people to believe that you have some special insight into ultimate things. In recent times, we call these clusterings “cults” (though, like so much of our modern English usage, it is the wrong word), and they center around one charismatic (also the wrong word) individual, who calls all the shots. They generally do not last ... (Continue reading)

Where man meets mercy


Carl Jung (1875-1961), one of the fathers of modern psychology, once apparently quipped that in all his years of therapy he only ever met a handful of Catholics. Jews and Protestants were his bread and butter clientele; Catholics almost never came. One explanation is that Catholics sin less and have fewer sorrows. Another is that Catholics don’t like to pay for things they can get for free. Jung preferred the second explanation. Catholics didn’t need to sit on his couch, ... (Continue reading)

3rd Sunday in Lent: The Sacred Temple


Zeal for your house will consume me (Jn 2:17). The Gospel records something uncharacteristic: the anger of Christ our Lord. It is a righteous anger, born of our Lord’s zeal for the House of the Lord. "Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!" (Jn 2:16). The cleansing of the Temple, as this incident is often referred to, effectively speaks to the nature and purpose of worship and by extension, places of worship, a church. At an even ... (Continue reading)

Help take back Canada’s story


Magna Carta is the foundation of our rights to this day. Its guarantees of due process, security of the person, property rights, popular control of taxation, religious freedom, even women’s rights, have been the rallying cry of defenders of freedom for eight centuries. And by making space for citizens to dream, act, and flourish, it established the moral as well as legal basis of a free society. That’s why John Robson and Brigitte Pellerin are making a documentary called Magna Carta: Our ... (Continue reading)

Ontario’s new sex-ed curriculum and Fully Alive


Despite protests from thousands of concerned citizens, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and her Liberal party are determined to launch their new controversial health and physical education program in September 2015. Education Minister Liz Sandals claims the government had "strong consensus" from the one parent they consulted at each school. Like many  Catholics, I hoped for a strong statement from our Catholic leaders. On 24 February 2015, Toronto's Cardinal Thomas Collins, the President of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (ACBO) ... (Continue reading)

2nd Sunday in Lent: The glory of the crucified Christ


On the second Sunday in Lent we always read the Gospel of the Transfiguration of our Lord. We do so in order that our focus may be directed towards the glory of Easter and our Lord’s victory over sin and death by His glorious Resurrection. Our Lenten penance is not an end in itself but a means to an end; that cleansed of our faults and sanctified in both body and mind we might more fully appreciate and participate in ... (Continue reading)

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