Articles Tagged ‘Pope Benedict XVI’

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The promise of the Paschal candle


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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Eight strategies for a calm, fruitful Advent


Most of us are distracted by so many things. Busyness is a stress-inducing condition of daily life. We rush from one place to another and try to juggle one too many commitments. With less than one month left before Christmas, our lives are going to be even more hectic. We are in danger of not giving ourselves the time to be still, to breathe, to be. When our lives are frenetic, we don't pay attention to important matters including our time ... (Continue reading)

First Sunday of Advent: Sacred Liturgy


Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand (Is 64:8). The first Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of a new liturgical year. In the cycle of the sacred liturgy, this is Year B, during which the Sunday Gospel readings will be taken from the Gospel of St. Mark. At the school of discipleship that is our life in Christ, we will recall the great deeds ... (Continue reading)

Moral conscience and who am I to judge

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A lesbian couple in Missouri were denied Holy Communion at one of the women's mother's funeral when it came to light that the two were in a same-sex relationship. The two women had been parishioners at St. Columban Catholic Church for twelve years. Ms. Parker, one of the women, was quoted as saying that she hoped the priest, Fr. Kneib, would "open his eyes and fully receive the LGBT community into the church." She further added: "We're all God's children ... (Continue reading)

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Catholic faith and morals: why I said “no” to World Vision

I was excited when I read the email. World Vision Canada wanted to know if I would be interested in reviewing a new book of family mealtime prayers. The boost to my ego was super-charged. "Wow! They want me?" I was elated. And I would get a free book, too. What a deal! World Vision Canada engages in many worthwhile projects and makes a significant difference in the lives of the children, families, and communities they help. I happily read through their website, ... (Continue reading)

The Pope Francis effect (or why I’m having a tough time)

I have a confession. I'm having a tough time adjusting to Pope Francis. I admit that I'm a Pope Benedict XVI fan girl and I'm still getting over Pape Bene's understandable departure. It's like when your best friend moves far away and no matter how hard you try, you can't help but compare all your other friends to him. Or when you're at an extended family gathering and both your grandads are there and even though you respect both of them, ... (Continue reading)

Beautiful: a ten-year old’s impression of Mass ad orientum

On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, my ten-year-old daughter went to church with me. The priest at the church regularly celebrates Mass ad orientem, whether he is offering the Novus Ordo Mass in Latin or English. Afterwards, I asked my daughter what she thought of the Mass. Her short but certain answer was "beautiful." In Spirit of the Liturgy, Pope Benedict XVI, then Cardinal Ratzinger, writes about the ad orientem Mass this way: "Praying towards the East is a tradition that goes ... (Continue reading)

Will you let me be your servant?

Will you let me be your servant, let me be as Christ to you? Pray that I might have the grace to let you be my servant, too. We are pilgrims on a journey, we are trav’lers on the road. We are here to help each other walk the mile and bear the load. (from a song by Richard Gillard) Holy Thursday is very special to me. In a personal way I can relate to Jesus washing the feet of the Apostles. As an ... (Continue reading)

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Lookin’ for Love…

I thought it strikingly ridiculous, during my morning "scroll" the other day, when I came across two hundred pictures of an acquaintances’ acquaintance and her debaucherous evening out. Two hundred pictures taken in about four hours? What is that, a little less than one picture per minute? (I’m strikingly bad at math…) It seems to me that there are more pictures being taken on any given night than there is actual fun being had. Am I missing something? Is the ... (Continue reading)

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Anything Is Possible

One day years ago, while channel surfing, I came across a news story about a woman who became a man, and had decided to have a child. Because he still had the reproductive organs of a woman, he was able to accomplish bearing a child, while looking, in every other observable way, like the masculine creation he had engineered himself to be. (Side note: it was not a pretty picture. Just from an aesthetic point of view, something about the ... (Continue reading)

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