The Divine Kenosis, Self-Gift and Sacrifice

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus (Phil. 6:14). ⧾ Our second reading includes an ancient canticle or hymn that...

Immortal Irony

In his short story “The Ambitious Guest,” Nathaniel Hawthorne uses a lot of irony. A lot might actually be an understatement. The story is...

Second Sunday of Advent and the Church in Quebec

‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight’ (Mt. 3:3) ⧾ The Gospel of the Mass on this second Sunday of Advent introduces...

Where your treasure lies: A spiritual reflection on an election year

   This election cycle, Catholic Americans are presented with the hair-raising choice between Hillary Clinton, a woman whose corrupt record and virulent support for the...

Review of “The Shallows: What the Internet is doing to our Brains”

If you are an average web-surfer, chances are you will spend about 10 seconds looking at this article. Those of you who stick around...

Potty Mouth: A Reflection on ‘Swearing’

I have been asked to write about what is euphemistically, and rather incorrectly, known as 'swearing'.  We have all perhaps heard our younger siblings...

The Holy Mass Signifying Christ’s Eternal Sacrifice: Part IV

This Sunday’s reflection is the fourth in a series of meditations on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, with specific references to the Ancient...

Confiteor, Et Miserere Mei

At the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, we begin with the call to repentance and to a reflective manner of life...

Fifth Sunday: The Church’s Mission to Each Individual Soul

I do it all for the sake of the Gospel, so that I may share in its blessings (1 Cor. 9:23). St. Paul’s passionate words...

Twelfth Sunday, Open Churches and the Return of the King

‘Fear no one….Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven’ (Mt. 10: 26, 32). ⧾ At long...