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Monsignor Vincent Foy: 75 years of priestly service

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Msgr. Vincent Foy is a retired priest and canon lawyer of the Archdiocese of Toronto. From his online biography (Selected Writings of Rev. Msgr. Vincent Foy, msgrfoy.com) we read of his many years of service to the Church: He was born in Toronto, Ontario on 14 August 1915, second of a family of eight children. He attended Holy Name Catholic Elementary School and De La Salle High School in Toronto. In 1933 he entered St. Augustine’s Seminary and was ordained ... (Continue reading)

The Virgin Mary of Smolensk

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Our cover artist, Janusz Charczuk, was featured in our December 2012 issue. He is originally from Poland, where he graduated from the Technical University of Gdansk with a Master’s in Architecture. His studies encompassed the fine arts, including the principles of architectural forms, composition, freehand drawing, painting, sculpture, and the history of art. Janusz immigrated to Canada in 1985, where he worked as an architect, and began painting icons about fifteen years ago. His work, which is available for purchase, ... (Continue reading)

Nazareth Family Spirituality

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It was an exciting day when I received Nazareth Family Spirituality: Celebrating Your Faith at Home with Catherine Doherty in the mail. I had seen it, newly minted, on the Madonna House bookshelves and eyed it longingly, so it was a real treat when I could finally crack the cover. While the heart of this book consists of Catherine’s meditations on marriage and family, many taken from the old Dear Parents book, I have situated these within the context of Catherine’s meditations ... (Continue reading)

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Why we should pray the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of Mary

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"I'll pray the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of Mary for you," I assured a friend who had just revealed some upsetting news. "It seems appropriate." I had never prayed the Rosary of Seven Sorrows before and didn't know anything about the devotion to our Lady of Sorrows but I had recently bought the special rosary because I thought it was pretty. A prompting in my heart assured me this was the right thing to do and, determined to keep my ... (Continue reading)

Chickens

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The chickens came to us from a situation of overcrowding. There was a red rump here or a de-feathered neck there, but they were none the worse for wear. I had been assured that having chickens would be easy (let the record show that I am a documented plant murderer) and that they would require little more than a splash of water, some kitchen scraps, and a handful of feed every once in a while. No sweat, I ... (Continue reading)

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Heroic virtue, martyrdom, and putting on Christ

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In April 2014, the Canadian Senate passed Bill C-250 which adds "sexual orientation" to the list of classes that the Canadian Criminal Code protects under its hate provisions. With this provision in place, how long will it be before Canadians who oppose gay "marriage" are prosecuted for their defence of traditional marriage between one man and one woman? Pro-life candidates need not apply to the Liberal Party is the message from Federal Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau. With his words of intolerance, ... (Continue reading)

What we’re looking on the web..

Archbishop Prendergast decrees an end to eulogies by Kelly Egan, Tristan Hopper "In a Christian funeral, we gather not to praise the deceased, but to pray for them." Making your way through Facebook's 58 genders by Austin Ruse "For those who may want to change their gender on Facebook, here are a few definitions." O, Alma Mater by Anne-Marie Maginnis "When a highly educated woman is home with her children ... she weaves the richness of her education into their lives in ... (Continue reading)

White Salmon

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Our soap or our salmon can travel in tins. - Songs of Education: “Geography” by G. K. Chesterton I like eating fish, but not all fish. I find tuna dry, nondescript, and rather tasteless. I do like salmon, however, which can be hard on the budget. One of my hobbies is chopping firewood, which saves us money and keeps me away from more expensive pursuits. So salmon sandwiches in my lunch pail is a luxury I allow myself, like an occasional cigar, or ... (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)

The Ethics of Elfland

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Orthodoxy, Chapter 4: “The Ethics of Elfland” by G. K. Chesterton When the business man rebukes the idealism of his office-boy, it is commonly in some such speech as this: “Ah, yes, when one is young, one has these ideals in the abstract and these castles in the air; but in middle age they all break up like clouds, and one comes down to a belief in practical politics, to using the machinery one has and getting on with the world ... (Continue reading)

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