"As I look back on significant points in my life, I usually associate them with sacred ground, whether figurative or literal. Those places become icons for the important moments in my life. I cannot always go back to them, but they are always with me."
"How do we build up treasure in our hearts? We recognize our sins and turn away from them. We put on the mind of Jesus. We cling to the divine life Jesus gave us at our baptism. We put our faith in Jesus’ promise of resurrection and strive to be sinless."
"Each of us can readily admit, we have been tempted, making less of ourselves. So, to what is the Good Spirit calling me/us, to make right again, to restore order with what has become disordered, and to give genuinely more by having less, so that others, in some cases, may simply have?"
"Our attempt to build more virtue, or fight against vice, may then meet with success or failure. We can however be rest assured, that Christ will have the final say over our lives, and in the end, everything will work out for the good for those who continue to love him (Romans 8:28). "
"Lent is a period of preparation, a type of spiritual retreat that evokes the experience of the desert. Perhaps the grace we can pray for in this week of our Lenten journey is the grace of listening with ears of discernment, of being attentive to how we need to grow and experience further initiation
"To eat is to live off the sacrifice of other life. This is most obvious when it comes to meat and its inevitable slaughter of animals. However, even vegans thrive on the cutting short of vegetal life. Food is the most precious, unconditional giving of one being to another."
"Like many good Christian practices, the roots of this day are of non-Christian origin. It was accepted into the beliefs of the Catholic Church at the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD. But it still took a while to get to the holy day of prayer, fasting, and repentance that we acknowledge."
"The Book of Sirach is part of the wisdom material in the Old Testament. The few wisdom sayings here speak for themselves and each can teach us something. They need to be balanced by taking a look at people’s actions, not just their words"
"Christmas never stops tugging at us, as this igNation series illustrates in its seasonal exploration of that strange dance between religion and popular culture and deeply grafted traditions, expectations, and associations. This is the time of year when sentimentalism overpowers even the most auster
"There is one Epiphany, but there are an infinite number of epiphanies. Each of us encounters Christ in ways that are unique to us"
This 10th day of igNation's 12 Days of Christmas arrives in the form on T.S. Eliot's famous poem.
"In a way, the decision of the rich young man makes sense. He doesn’t have the benefit of 2000 years of hindsight behind him. Selling all that he has would mean that he would be stuck with the decision of following Jesus. What if Jesus was rejected? What if Jesus was killed?"
On this 8th day of igNation's 12 Days of Christmas a poem about the magic of one new born baby.
On this 7th Day of IgNation's 12 Days of Christmas, a modern Christmas song invites controversy.
"Pope Francis' message underlines how political responsibility belongs to all citizens, especially those given the mandate to protect and to govern."
and now for New year's Eve something completely different. Enjoy!
"Great anxiety. That’s a normal and common response to any situation where a child is missing. That frantic search happens very often in our world and there can be many reasons for the child’s disappearance "
Fan of Handel's Hallelujah chorus or not, igNation invites you to take a look at a rather unique performance,
With lyrics by St. Jean de Brebeuf, SJ, The Huron Carl is Canada's oldest Christmas song.
A what if "poem" for this Christmas start to the112 Days of Christmas igNation style.
"There is a challenge in receiving the light of Christ. We cannot be mere passive recipients of that light. We are called to become light for others. Alone, we each may be only a single light. Joined together in the light of Christ, we can illuminate and transform our world."