"We’ve all been affected by last week’s terrible tragedy on a highway in rural Saskatchewan. Sadness and grief disrupted the peace and sleep of much of the country."
“Jews survived all the defeats, expulsions, persecutions and pogroms, the centuries in which they were regarded as a pariah people, even the Holocaust itself, because they never gave up the faith that one day they would be free to live as Jews without fear.”
"The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of a dignified life for all men and women regardless of colour or creed continues to live on in the teachings of one of his most influential admirers, Pope Francis, a Vatican representative said."
"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