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  • "We can learn from the whales and dolphins. They have a degree of intelligence that often surprises humans. Along with other mammals, humans need to enter an unconscious state when asleep in order to function properly. We normally do that each night, or at other times, for those who work shifts or t

  • "The Gospel today is an invitation for us to examine the motivation with which we do things. Jesus contrasts those who “do all their deeds to be seen by others” and to be treated with respect, with those who see themselves as one among other brothers and sisters."

  • November is a month of remembrance. This is natural, as fall has settled in and our thoughts are turning to the end of another year and the reminiscing that comes with that. Special days such as All Saints' Day, All Souls' Day and Remembrance Day all heighten that sense of the significance of reflec

  • "Today’s Gospel reiterates a simple and straightforward message that features prominently in Jesus’ teaching: love of God and neighbour. That love is total - “with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” It also includes love of self. . . How do I best show love to others?"

  • "The Church acknowledges today as World Mission Sunday. The Church is reminding us that through our generosity, we can extend our compassion beyond our own immediate borders to our sisters and brothers who are crying out from every corner of the globe."

  • Sunday's gospel leads us to reflect on our relationship with God in the midst of our busy life.

  • It's Thanksgiving Day! How do we show our gratitude to God and to each other? Philip Shano, SJ writes about one way we can - on this day - give thanks to God and for each other.

  • How do we react to the tragic event that took place in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017? Is it possible for me to grow in knowledge of where God is in this? If not in this, is there anything that God seeks from me at a time like this?

  • Today's parable of the two sons asked to work in their father's vineyard is particularly relevant to our own lives.

  • "Are we made whole by the power of God's grace or by our own human efforts? Or does the path to wholeness and human completion require cooperation between God's grace and our human nature?"

  • "As we gather at barbecues and picnics today, let's take a few minutes to look back on the gifts of the summer and to ponder what we will take up with a new determination as a new year starts."

  • The Canadian Canoe Pilgrimage celebrated Ignatius Day in North Bay. Erik Oland,SJ preached at the Mass.

  • "This Sunday in Ordinary Time falls on the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. Today is also the anniversary of the Second World War bombing of Hiroshima, and, a few days later, Nagasaki. The Church invites us to pray for peace at this time."

  • One day, Ignatius met a Moor travelling in the same direction. Today - the feast of St. Ignatius - Greg Kennedy, SJ imagines the Moor’s version of what has come to be known as “donkey discernment”.

  • Using as a starting point the quote: "In Baptism Eucharist is begun; in Eucharist Baptism is sustained.", Eric Jensen, SJ looks at the celebration of this feast in our faith lives today.

  • How do we need the Spirit? There are the seven traditional gifts of the Holy Spirit (wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and a sense of wonder). I've written previous posts about each of these gifts. But my mind today is closer to home. What do I need?

  • How do we speak about evangelization in our pluralistic and politically correct culture? More and more, we have to be extremely careful about language and assumptions. Recent discussion about cultural appropriation offers a helpful reminder about the need for caution before we open our mouths and ut

  • The post for this 6th Sunday of Easter takes us into the meaning of today's gospel words that the Spirit "abides with you."

  • We celebrate Mother's Day. I'm present with my own mother today, spending time with her as I prepare for major surgery in a few weeks. We are both spending easy time together. I occasionally go out with friends for a visit or to see icebergs (this is Newfoundland after all), but generally we are at

  • I can't imagine a person who can proudly boast, I have enough peace." Whether we look at our own lives or the state of the world, we are easily aware of areas with an absence of peace."

  • I was a member of the team at Loyola House, our Jesuit spirituality centre in Guelph, Ontario, in the 1990s. On most Good Fridays we acted out a mime version of the events of the Pascal Triduum for the retreatants. A member of the team who had studied theology in California brought the production ba

  • Several years ago, I walked the famous Camino de Santiago de Compostela across the north of Spain. After a full day of being confined by hiking boots and having tired feet, I got into the habit of soaking and massaging my feet most evenings. That was practical, even necessary, if my feet were going

  • A doorway leading to Holy Week is an invitation to mysteries both familiar and unknown. . . .But the events of suffering, death, and resurrection are experienced in ever-new ways. Let's find our own path through the mysteries of this sacred Week.

  • In this six-part series, Kevin Burns selects a book for each week of Lent. Each book speaks to one of the great traditions within Catholic culture. Each book also shows how its author integrates that tradition. Six different approaches to the same journey through the desert of Lent to the Easter pro

  • The Resurrection grace of Easter will be revealed to us when we are most in need. In the meantime, that early bud or bird arrives as a harbinger of greater things to come.

  • In this six-part series, Kevin Burns selects a book for each week of Lent. Each book speaks to one of the great traditions within Catholic culture. Each book also shows how its author struggles to apply that tradition. Six different approaches to the same journey through the desert of Lent to the Ea

  • The story of two ants has a very Christian meaning for our daily lives in Lent.

  • Saint Irenaeus reminded us that the fully alive person gives glory to God.

  • In this six-part series, Kevin Burns selects a book for each week of Lent. Each book speaks to one of the great traditions within Catholic culture. Each book also shows how its author struggles to apply that tradition. Six different approaches to the same journey through the desert of Lent to the Ea

  • Lent is a period when this question of WHY should naturally lead to a deepening of our faith. Perhaps the apex of that faith is today's famous verse from Paul's Letter to the Romans: God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit." "

  • In this six-part series, Kevin Burns selects a book for each week of Lent. Each book speaks to one of the great traditions within Catholic culture. Each book also shows how its author struggles to apply that tradition. Six different approaches to the same journey through the desert of Lent to the Ea

  • Our Lenten reflections continue with today's steps that take us further along the path.

  • In this six-part series, Kevin Burns selects a book for each week of Lent. Each book speaks to one of the great traditions within Catholic culture. Each book also shows how its author struggles to apply that tradition. Six different approaches to the same journey through the desert of Lent to the Ea

  • Wilderness. Stones. Mountains. The dust of the ground. Serpents and wild animals. . . These are rich images for us to ponder as we enter into our annual Lenten journey. They are relevant images for the mysteries of life.

  • In this six-part series, Kevin Burns selects a book for each week of Lent. Each book speaks to one of the great traditions within Catholic culture. Six different approaches to the same journey through the desert of Lent to the Easter promise of resurrection. This week Thomas Merton experiences Lent

  • On this Ash Wednesday we are asked that nagging question - what are we giving up for Lent?

  • Had my faith the same intensity and dedication as go into the marvels of this carnival, I would be a walking firebrand setting the world aflame with the love of God. Had my soul the same depth of desire to make manifest the beauty of creation, I would be moving mountains to glorify the Creator. The

  • The Christmas story makes not just great literature but powerful Liturgy. Great literature helps us relive the past, but liturgy makes the past present, here and now, in Mystery / Sacrament / Body of Christ.

  • The Fourth Sunday of Advent offers us the mystery of our identity. It calls us beyond ourselves into an intimacy with the ongoing Body of Christ .

  • In an ongoing new series for igNation, using excerpts from letters written to his parents between 1961 and 1963, Father Frank Obrigewitsch, SJ shares his experience of being a Jesuit novice and scholastic.

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