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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)

1st Sunday in Lent: Willing obedience

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After Jesus was baptized, the Spirit drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan (Mk 1:12). On Ash Wednesday we began the observance of the holy season of Lent with the imposition of blessed ashes, an external sign of our interior resolve to undertake Lenten penance; so that with purified minds and bodies we may celebrate the Paschal Mystery at Easter. The Passion and Death of Jesus bring His public life to an end. ... (Continue reading)

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When a Catholic blogger makes a mess

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We live in a litigious society. People sue for every and any reason: finding something gross in their fast food, slipping on an ice-covered driveway, getting one's feelings  hurt. In media, lawsuits abound: copyright infringement and stealing someone else's work is illegal. When we post an image on this website we have to be 100% certain that it is copyright-free and we have permission to use it. Sometimes, readers take offense at what we write. My article on NFP resulted in a strongly ... (Continue reading)

Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus

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When Venerable Pope Pius XII granted that the Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus be observed on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, he fulfilled the desire of Our Lord that His sorrowful Holy Face be contemplated in reparation for our sins. The history and tradition of venerating His Holy Face began on the day of His crucifixion and continues through the centuries with the help of holy men and women chosen by  Our Lord and Our Blessed ... (Continue reading)

6th Sunday: Be made clean!

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Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I do choose. Be made clean! (Mk 1:41) This Sunday’s Gospel reading, in continuation with last Sunday’s text, describes another healing—a miracle. In fact, in the Gospel of St. Mark which we are reading this year, the miracles of Jesus comprise one fourth of the entire text. Jesus, we are told, is moved with pity; touches the leper, heals him, and instructs him to fulfill the ... (Continue reading)

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5th Sunday: Poverty, humility, service.

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I do it all for the sake of the Gospel, so that I may share in its blessings (1 Cor 9:23). Last Sunday, in a presentation given at the end of Mass, you were asked a rhetorical question: What is the best kept secret of the Catholic Church? The response was the Church’s corpus of teaching on social issues. We were reminded that beginning with the encyclical of Pope Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum, which addressed the challenges of industrialization and the ... (Continue reading)

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The battle for Ontario doctors’ freedom of conscience rights

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The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) has drafted a policy mandating that physicians must make referrals for procedures and "treatment" even if it is against their conscience. This is surprising since the CPSO had previously attempted bringing such demands into policy in 2008. At the time, the policy was not enacted because of advocacy efforts from physicians and the public. As well, the College conducted a poll that resulted in strong opposition. Twenty-five thousand people voted against ... (Continue reading)

Septuagesima Sunday and preparing for Lent

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Before 1969, Septuagesima Sunday was observed in the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church. According to fisheaters.com, the three Sundays that comprise this short season are named for their distance to Easter and are as follows: Septuagesima Sunday which lends its name to the entire season is approximately seventy days before Easter. Seventy days represents the seventy years that the Jewish people of the ancient kingdom of Judah were held captive in Babylon. Sexagesima, or the second Sunday of Septuagesima, comes ... (Continue reading)

A dignified life; a dignified death

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I lost someone very special recently, someone who demonstrated to me what a dignified death looks like. In the eyes of the world, he had been dealt a lousy hand, sentenced to life in a wheelchair as his immune system ate away at the protective sheath that covered his nerves. But even as the disease continued to ravage his too young body, he let loose with his dry sense of humour, in turn causing those around him to roll their eyes ... (Continue reading)

4th Sunday: Listen to the voice of the Lord

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They were astounded at his teaching for he taught as one having authority, and not as the scribes (Mk 1:21). As we commemorate the mysteries of our Lord’s public life and ministry, the Gospel text of today’s Mass invites us to see in Jesus the fulfillment of the prophecy spoken by Moses in the Book of Deuteronomy: "The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from among your own kin; you shall heed such a prophet" (18:18). ... (Continue reading)

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