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A large family is God’s blessing

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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

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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)

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)

33rd Sunday: The duty of talent

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So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober (1 Thes 5:6). As we approach the end of the liturgical year, the Scripture lessons of the Mass direct our attention towards the coming of our Lord, the Day of the Lord when judgment will be given and they history of salvation will be fulfilled. The biblical readings also make it clear that it is absolutely impossible to determine in advance the date and ... (Continue reading)

Mary, Mother of God

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In the first reading we find the ancient prayer of blessing which God gave to Moses to hand on to Aaron and his sons: “The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace” (Num 6:24-25). There is no more meaningful time than the beginning of a new year to hear these words of blessing: they will ... (Continue reading)

Ash Wednesday

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten journey of 40 days, which will lead us to the Easter Triduum, the memorial of the Lord’s passion, death, and resurrection and the heart of the mystery of our salvation. Lent prepares us for this most important moment; therefore, it is a “powerful” season, a turning point that can foster change and conversion in each of us. We all need to improve, to change for the better. Lent ... (Continue reading)

Humanae Vitae and NFP: my testimony

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In a recent interview with an Italian newspaper, Pope Francis was reported to express praise for Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI's encyclical on the regulation of birth in keeping with natural and Divine law. Pope Francis reportedly said that Pope Paul VI was "prophetic" and and that "had the courage to place himself against the majority, defending the moral discipline, exercising a culture brake, opposing present and future neo-Malthusianism." He indicated that the time had come to delve deeper into the encyclical and develop ... (Continue reading)

A gathering of dynamic women of faith

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  There are days that stick out in your mind as being some of the best, most soul-inspiring, validating, joyful days you have ever witnessed. On the Saturday before Palm Sunday, I was given God's generous gift of one such day when I attended the Dynamic Women of Faith Conference in Toronto. The conference (which celebrated its fifth year) is the labour of love of founder, author, broadcaster, columnist, entrepreneur, mom, and wife—Dorothy Pilarski. I was invited to give a talk on ... (Continue reading)

Good Friday reflections

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Lent is a time to renew our baptismal calling to fast from the world and to draw closer to Christ. It is a time to put aside the fool's gold of this world and embrace the true gold of Heaven, that we may be eternally enriched. The fact is that many of us are running headlong into sin, seeking the wealth and plaudits of the world, and forgetting that anything we can gain in this life—wealth, ... (Continue reading)

The Way of the Cross

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Dear Brother and Sisters, Thank you for having taken part in these moments of deep prayer. I also thank those who have accompanied us through the media, especially the sick and elderly. I do not wish to add too many words. One word should suffice this evening, that is the Cross itself. The Cross is the word through which God has responded to evil in the world. Sometimes it may seem as though God does not react to evil, as if he ... (Continue reading)

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