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The promise of the Paschal candle

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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

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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)

Works without faith

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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

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‘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

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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

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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?

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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)

3rd Sunday in Lent: The Sacred Temple

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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)

Ontario’s new sex-ed curriculum and Fully Alive

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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

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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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