Articles from March, 2017

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Salvific Suffering

John Paul II

In, 1984, Pope Saint John Paul II penned an Apostolic Letter on the mystery of human suffering, Salvifici Doloris (curiously, now looking back, the same year he made his first apostolic journey to Canada).  One priest in a talk I heard recently mentioned that it may be remembered as one of his most prophetic works, with which I concur.  I long ago included the Letter in my syllabus on Magisterial teaching, and now with the looming shadow of euthanasia about ... (Continue reading)

Laetare, O Maria


A blessed solemnity of the Annunciation, when the divine Word was made incarnate in the womb of the Virgin Mary.  When Dionysius Exiguus, who formulated what we now know as the calendar in 525 A.D., he assigned March 25 as the first day of the year, since that was when the new covenant of grace began, Man's true nature and destiny were revealed, and his salvation begun.  It remained New Year's Day in England until 1752, and the universal Church ... (Continue reading)

Sacred Sounds – From Kyiv to Canada A celebration of Eastern and Western Christian choral music Sheptytsky Institute Choir with Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Schola (Barry’s Bay) Sunday, March 26, 3:00 p.m. Divine Infant Catholic Church, 6658 Bilberry Dr., Orleans Free parking. Refreshments to follow Tickets $20 (adults), $10 (students), free (children under 13) online, at the door, or reserved at or 613-236-1393 x2332 The Sheptytsky Institute Choir is a mixed choir of males and females founded in January, 2015 with singers of all ages ... (Continue reading)

British Terrorism, Big Brother and M 103

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Motion M-103 passed in the House of Commons this afternoon, by a margin of 201 to 91, meaning that there are 201 people in charge of legislation in this country who know not the meaning nor the purpose of human law (and many of them are, I presume, lawyers). Yes, the media are all clamouring that this is not technically a 'law', but rather a 'motion', and has no binding power, at least not yet, but that difference is somewhat ... (Continue reading)

Firefighters, Envy and the Public and Private Sector

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It is no secret that there is a war brewing between the public and private sectors of the economy, with their economic prospects diverging ever-more widely. As happens in many socialist regimes, the money and wealth produced by the latter are pouring ever-more freely into the coffers of the former.  Estimates across Canada now claim that those who work for the government (however broadly defined) earn between 18 and 37% more than those who do not, and that is ... (Continue reading)

Bill M-103 and the Abuse of Power via Language


(Parliament may effectively vote into law today with the third reading of Motion 103, which would be propaedeutic to making any criticism of Islam illegal, under the broad and vague notion of 'Islamophobia'.  I wrote of this recently, but the government's interference in the use of language is always a troubling sign, one that goes along with every dictatorial regime. But as John Paul II warned, 'a democracy without values quickly turns into a thinly disguised totalitarianism'.  The thoughts I ... (Continue reading)

Christ’s Sacrifice Was one of Redemption, Not Popularity


Dear Brothers and Sisters, This Sunday’s Gospel (cf. Jn 6:51–58) is the concluding part and culmination of the discourse given by Jesus in the Synagogue of Capernaum after he had fed thousands of people with five loaves and two fishes the previous day. Jesus reveals the meaning of this miracle, namely that the promised time had come; God the Father, who had fed the Israelites in the desert with manna, now sent him, the Son, as the true Bread of life; ... (Continue reading)

Idle, No More, Please

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Eric Idle, of Monty Python comedy troupe fame, has recently tweeted that 'climate change deniers' (one of the few groups remaining,  in this Disney-esque world-of-universal tolerance, upon which opprobrium can be piled without guilt) should be punished in an international court, and that such nefarious and recalcitrant malfeasants be 'put down gently'; one may suppose he means in the euthanistic sense. Mr. Idle, as those of a certain age or milieu may recall, is the same individual who played in ... (Continue reading)

Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Schola is singing Schubert's setting of a solemn High Mass at 11: 00 a.m. this Saturday, March 25th, at Saint Columbkille's cathedral in Pembroke, to celebrate the solemnity of the Annuciation. The celebrant will be one of OLSW's own alumni, Father Scott Murray. If you are in the area, please do feel free to join us in this beautiful and joyful celebration, joining ancient Liturgy, Gregorian chant, sacred polyphony ... (Continue reading)

Ite Ad Joseph

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Saint Joseph was proclaimed the patron of this country at its very origins, by none other than Samuel de Champlain himself, on March 19, 1624, a choice later ratified by Pope Urban VIII.  Although Canada has gone through many trials, and seems to heading for many more, like his guidance of the Holy Family, Saint Joseph will see us through, one way or the other. It is a curious parallel in providence that the secondary patrons of this country, the ... (Continue reading)

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