"For five weeks in Canada we have experienced hands reaching out in faith to touch the Major Relic of St. Francis Xavier, drawing people from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific. Many came for personal reasons, hoping for a miracle, hoping for encouragement"
"I had the privilege of working with lepers and tuberculosis patients at Jesu Ashram, in Matigara, India (in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal). This was for a few months in the early nineties, when I was in the Jesuit stage of formation known as tertianship."
"In the commentary on today’s readings in Living with Christ, Marilyn Sweet stresses that today’s Gospel excerpt from Mark reveals the “intensity and urgency of Jesus”. She looks at his feverish activity in one day."
"From the earliest days of the Church, the altar has been at the centre of Christian acts of thanksgiving. Our altar reflects the incomparable beauty of the Risen Lord Jesus Christ, who offered the perfect sacrifice for our salvation on the Altar of the Cross. "
"If you spend enough time on the Internet, you’d think Canada has become a nation of scolds. Cloaked in anonymity, our scolds span the spectrum of peevish, holier-than-thou thought. On one end are the politically correct scolds. They come with a complete set of attitudes that can’t be challenged. T
Pope Benedict XVI wrote: "Let us not be afraid to be silent outside and inside ourselves, so that we are able not only to perceive God's voice, but also the voice of the person next to us, the voices of others."
"This Sunday occurs during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This Week of Prayer is an annual ecumenical celebration. Christians around the world are invited to pray for the unity of all Christians, to reflect on scripture together, to participate in jointly-organized ecumenical services, and
"The homily is the result of a hodgepodge of my own thoughts and prayer and that of all I have read and learned from others concerning the Sunday readings. The intent is to present a unified, prayerful, inspiring ‘opening up the scriptures’ for God’s people each Sunday."
"People who bring serious reflection to the question of what they desire don’t usually speak of their desire for a new car or a fancier house. . . . Rather, people speak of peace, health for self and others, a desire to be more appreciative for what they have, and so on."
"When Damian Torres-Botello, SJ read about recent reactions to Fr. James Martin’s newest book, he was reminded of the power of words and the call to love." Reposted with permission from The Jesuit Post
"This text was inspired more than constructed. Guided by the impression Matthew Czerny made on his many friends as well as within his family,,his father wrote this prayer after Matthew’s death in a climbing accident at the age of 22 in September 1995."
2017 is the 8th year to mark The National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous People. This year we are asked to pray for murdered and missing indigenous women and girls.
"A few weeks ago, at Notre Dame Cathedral, Eastern Synod Lutheran Bishop Michael Pryse and I took part in a service commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. We were joined by Catholics and Lutheran adherents and others from a variety of Christian denominations."
"Paul says that Israel has stumbled (see the footnote to this word in The Jewish Annotated New Testament) in not trusting or believing that Jesus is the fulfilment of God’s promise to her, and so has failed in her mission to the nations."
"Jesus calls us to a model of justice which restores the broken victim to a state of relative wholeness, and the one who breaches the boundaries of another to a state of responsible atonement and of reconciliation."