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Faith of our Fathers: Church Militant


Frederick William Faber was a theologian, poet, writer, and priest who lived in Victorian England. The son of a Calvinist minister, he was born in Yorkshire, England on 28 June 1814. After serving two years as an ordained minister in the Church of England, he converted to the Roman Catholic Church. With Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman, he founded the Oratory in London. While Newman went on to establish the Birmingham Oratory, Fr. Faber remained in London. For his prodigious work, ... (Continue reading)

13th Sunday: The experience of suffering


For God created man for incorruption, and made him the image of his own eternity, but through the devil’s envy death entered the world, and those who belong to his company experience it. (Wis 2:23-24) These words from the Book of Wisdom, our first reading, address the problem of suffering—as did our first reading last Sunday, taken from the Book of Job. Suffering is part of the human condition; we all know that. Everyone suffers in some way, at some time; this ... (Continue reading)

12th Sunday: Objective truth and the saving Word


Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? (Job 38:1) We do well to consider the meaning of this question, posed by God in the dialogue with Job. The book of Job is a reflection or dialogue on the problem of evil and the suffering of the just in this world. As such, this book addresses the question of human suffering—specifically, the suffering of the just and the innocent. It gives voice to a question often asked: Why do the ... (Continue reading)

The Mass as Spectacle


The visiting priest came with members of his Order and a few singers. They were there to raise money and awareness for their charity and in so doing, they turned Holy Mass into a spectacle. Shouts of “Amen!” and “Alleluia!” filled the air as people enthusiastically waved their arms, prompted by the visiting priest. The musical performance (because that’s exactly what it was) was better suited to a rollicking concert venue than Holy Mass. The parishioners clapped to the upbeat rhythm, ... (Continue reading)

11th. Sunday: sacred liturgy


It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name (Ps. 92). Our celebration of the Paschal Mystery in all its detail was completed in a sense, with the beautiful Feast of Corpus Christi, celebrated last Sunday and with the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, celebrated this past Friday. In the Sacred Heart of Jesus, wounded for our sins we have a summary of our whole faith and the path of our discipleship. ... (Continue reading)

Corpus Christi: The gift of the Holy Eucharist


 Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance. (Heb 9:14) As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ or Corpus Christi as it is traditionally known, we celebrate the Church’s greatest treasure, the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist. Though the Institution of the Holy Eucharist is celebrated yearly on Holy Thursday, Corpus Christi celebrates in a particular manner the Real Presence of Jesus in the ... (Continue reading)

Charlie Charlie: A wake-up call for sobriety

St. Michael the Archangel

When I was a teenager in the early seventies, an older cousin introduced me to the Ouija Board. At first, I thought we were just playing a harmless game. Amidst giggles and whispers we would ask silly questions: Does the cute boy like me? Will I have lots of money? While we lightly placed our hands on the planchette, it would answer our questions by pointing to letters of the alphabet or sliding over "yes" or "no." Initially, there was ... (Continue reading)

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity


Since you are children of God, God has sent into your hearts the Spirit of His Son, the Spirit who cries out: Abba, Father. (Gal 4:6; Communion Antiphon) Each year, the Sunday following the Solemnity of Pentecost commemorates the Mystery of the Most Blessed Trinity, the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the Mystery of God Himself (Catechism of the Catholic Church 234). The Catechism teaches that "by sending his only Son and the Spirit of Love in the ... (Continue reading)

Saving the Church

Msgr. Foy

At the present time, in many countries the Church is in grave danger because of the contraceptive mentality and many other evils. To save the Church, many reforms are necessary. I am listing some suggestions for this purpose. Build a Culture of Life Father John Hardon SJ (died 30 December 2000) was surely one of the greatest theologians of the last century. Near the end of his life he gave a lecture entitled “The Greatest Moral Responsibility: to convert the Contraceptive ... (Continue reading)

Book review: Why Be Afraid?


Why Be Afraid? A Retreat by Douglas McManaman Justin Press ISBN: 978-0-9917996-6-4 102 pages, softcover $12.95 CDN Deacon Douglas McManaman is a Permanent Deacon for the Archdiocese of Toronto, ministering especially to those who suffer from mental illness. A high school teacher for twenty-five years, he teaches Religion and Philosophy to senior high school students and is currently the chaplain for the Toronto Catholic Teachers Guild. Why Be Afraid? is based on a retreat he gave. I bought this book for one of my university-aged sons who is ... (Continue reading)

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