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Interview with Dorothy Cummings-McLean


What was your inspiration for A Ceremony of Innocence? A Ceremony of Innocence is very much a tribute to Graham Green and his book The Quiet American. The big issue he wrote about was the beginning of the American involvement in Vietnam. What I think is the big issue of our time since 9/11 is the spread of a particularly imperialist form of Islam—and how this works itself out in young terrorists, generally home-grown, like the Toronto Eighteen. How intentional was the ... (Continue reading)

What to expect when no one’s expecting


What to expect when no one’s expecting: America’s coming demographic disaster by Jonathan V. Last Encounter Books, 2013 ISBN: 978-1-59403-641-5 In 1796 Thomas Malthus published An Essay on the Principle of Population in which he maintained that the population of the world increases geometrically with time while food supplies increase only arithmetically. Hence at some time in the future food supplies would be insufficient to sustain the world’s population, causing widespread famine. More recently, Paul Ehrlich’s book ... (Continue reading)

Signs and Mysteries: Revealing Ancient Christian Symbols

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Signs and Mysteries: Revealing Ancient Christian Symbols by Mike Aquilina illustrated by Lea Marie Ravotti Our Sunday Visitor, 2008 ISBN 978-1-59276-450-1 More devotional than academic, this book begins by discussing the theology, history, and culture of ancient Christian symbols. Aquilina focuses on the Bible and the Church fathers’ explanations and discussions for each symbol. Ancient saints such as Justin Martyr and Clement of Alexandria, and the historian Eusebius of Caesarea, established broad horizons for the Church’s symbols, believing that “Since their God is ... (Continue reading)

The Catechism of Hockey


The Catechism of Hockey by Alyssa Bormes American Chesterton Society Books, 2013 ISBN: 978-0-97444-950-0 “What if Wayne Gretzky’s mother was his first teacher of hockey and supported him in hockey, and his dad sat in the easy chair with a newspaper and said, ‘Hockey is for the weak-minded. Just do what your mother says’? What if his father didn’t go to the games? What if his father refused to watch hockey on television? What if his father mocked his teamwear? What if ... (Continue reading)

Young in the Spirit: Spiritual Strengthenng for Seniors and Caregivers

Young in the Spirit: Spiritual Strengthening for Seniors and Caregivers ISBN: 978-0-96774-495-7 125 pages, softcover $10.95 US According to Statistics Canada, the years between 2010 and 2031 will see an accelerated rate in the aging population since during this period all baby boomers will have turned sixty-five. By the year 2036, between 23% and 25% of the population will be comprised of seniors aged sixty-five and over. The number of seniors by 2036 will be double the number of seniors in 2009. In the United ... (Continue reading)

Learn From Me For I Am Gentle and Humble of Heart

Learn From Me For I Am Gentle and Humble of Heart: Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Fr. Marco Testa Porter Fine Printing, 2013 ISBN: 978-0-9880692-1-3 Softcover, pp. 48; price: $5.00 CAD For two years beginning in 1673, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a humble nun of the Visitation Order, received private revelations from the Lord. Through her, He revealed His Most Sacred Heart to the world. With the assistance of her spiritual director, the Jesuit priest St. Claude de la Colombiere, a Feast in ... (Continue reading)

CBC Exposed

CBC Exposed by Brian Lilley Freedom Press, 2012 ISBN: 978-0-98816-910-4 Softcover, pp. 185; price: $22.36 CAD My relationship with the CBC as a listener ended about a decade ago when, during the course of a weekend’s air- time on Radio One, I heard veteran broadcaster Michael Enright make a series of crude anti-Irish jokes that might have provoked a few titters at an Orange Lodge, or been unremarkable banter in polite company almost a century ago, when Toronto was known ... (Continue reading)

The I-Choice: Staying Human in a Digital Age

In his new book, The I-Choice: Staying Human in a Digital Age, Fr. Denis Lemieux explores the Internet's effects on culture and on our relationships. He examines important questions of isolation, dehumanization, control, and freedom in relation to our use (or overuse) of the Internet and social media. Within the context of Christianity, he looks at relationships and other questions of importance in the digital age: what is relationship—my relationship with others, my relationship with God, my relationship with myself, the definition ... (Continue reading)

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Visits to the Blessed Sacrament

After her death, St. Teresa of Avila appeared to one of her nuns bearing an important message: "There should be no difference as far as purity and love are concerned, between the blessed in Heaven and the faithful on Earth, though we are perfectly happy and you are suffering. What the Divine Essence is to us in Heaven, the Blessed Sacrament should be to you on Earth." For the past few weeks, I have been following the prayers in the book Visits ... (Continue reading)

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Our Lady’s Psalter

Our Lady's Psalter

Our Lady's Psalter: The Rosary of the Mystery of Christ Translated by Fr. Marco Testa ISBN 978-0-9880692-0-6 Cost: $10. Proceeds benefit the pro-life movement. Father Marco Testa, a priest in the Archdiocese of Toronto, has published a beautiful 63-page pocketbook with which to pray the Rosary: Our Lady’s Psalter, The Rosary of the Mystery of Christ. Fr. Marco explains that the Rosary originated in monastic times, between the 14th and 15th centuries. Dominic of Prussia, a Carthusian monk, composed meditations or clauses (clausulae) summarizing the ... (Continue reading)

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