Articles from April, 2015

A large family is God’s blessing


By today's standards, a family with three children is considered to be a large family. A century ago, my great grandmother had 24 children: 16 survived into adulthood. Today we are afraid of having children; society tells us it is too expensive and not possible. My husband and I have raised seven children. It says in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (2373): "Sacred Scripture and the Church's traditional practice see in large families a sign of God's blessing and ... (Continue reading)

4th. Sunday of Easter: Vicariousness


I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep (Jn. 10:11). Today is Good Shepherd Sunday and as we continue to celebrate the Feast of Easter, we contemplate the figure of Jesus, the Good Shepherd "who has risen and who laid down his life for his sheep and willingly died for his flock" (Communion Antiphon Fourth Sunday of Easter, The Roman Missal). The Gospel reading of the Mass today emphasises the absolute freedom with which ... (Continue reading)

3rd Sunday of Easter: Christ, the Atoning Sacrifice


Jesus Christ the righteous…he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. (1 Jn 2:1-2) The Easter Season is a privileged time of catechesis or instruction both for the newly-baptized and for all of us who renewed our baptismal vows on Easter Sunday. This liturgical catechesis is called mystagogy because it draws us into the Mystery of Christ. This mystery is not a riddle or a fable but ... (Continue reading)

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Palliative care from a Catholic moral perspective


On 6 February 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously struck down the ban on physician-assisted suicide stating, “The prohibition on physician-assisted suicide infringes on the right to life, liberty and security of the person in a manner that is not in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.” The Federal Parliament has one year to draft new legislation that allows consenting adults who are enduring physical or mental suffering to request medical aid in ending their lives. Their medical condition ... (Continue reading)

Two Different Views of the Story of Emmaus

Dale Ahlquist

Okay, the big news at our house is that we finally remodeled the only room in the house that we had not remodeled since we moved in 18 years ago. It was the guest bathroom. For those who like the Baroque style, the old bathroom may still have held some charm. Old is not bad. Old can be good. The 1650s were not bad. But this was the 1970s interpretation of the 1650s, wherein we understand the distinction between “antique” ... (Continue reading)

‘Marking the transition’


Being from the prairies, one of the habits my mother instilled in me as a boy was to take off my shoes whenever I entered a home. It never occurred to me that you could step into a house any other way. How scandalized I was when we moved overseas in our 20s to find Londoners, Texans, and Australians marching straight through your front door without untying their laces. Alas! Not everyone has had the privilege of growing up with ... (Continue reading)

The promise of the Paschal candle


At the beginning of the Easter Vigil, when the congregation is engulfed in darkness, the entrance of a single source of light from the Paschal candle signifies hope, salvation, resurrection. It is the light that we follow into the darkened church, the only light that illuminates our way. As the gentle flame draws us in, we are reminded that our Saviour, through His death and resurrection, has set aflame our new life within Him and He is the light that ... (Continue reading)

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Easter Sunday: O Sacred Banquet in which Christ is received


Christ our Passover has been sacrificed, alleluia; therefore let us keep the feast with the unleavened bread of purity and truth, alleluia, alleluia (Communion Antiphon, Easter Sunday, The Roman Missal). On this holiest of days, we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the crowning truth of our faith. Our solemn celebration of Paschal Triduum began on Holy Thursday with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper during which we contemplated the gift and mystery of the Holy ... (Continue reading)

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