Seasons

  • "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

  • If your Christmas tree could talk what might it say after Christmas??

  • " there comes a realization that community is at the heart of the mystery of Christmas, the mystery of the Incarnation"

  • T.S.Eliot wrote that the Magi had " a cold coming" in "the very dead of winter." Even so, they brought special gifts. What do we bring to Christ?

  • "Many people find themselves reflecting back on their own hidden life and experiencing a closer kinship with Jesus. In other words, they allow themselves to advance in wisdom, age, and grace along with Jesus."

  • "We may not like the person, but as disciples we are called by that infant born this sacred night, to love them"

  • As we end the 2019 Christmas season, a modern Christmas song invites controversy.

  • Images of a deep and dark December call to mind the music of Simon annd Garfunkel.

  • "St. Bernard of Clairvaux says it best, “They fall on their faces, they revere him as king, they worship him as God. He who led them has instructed them too. He who urged them on by means of the star has himself taught them in their inmost heart.”

  • "Today’s First Reading offers a suitable blessing for us as we start the civic year. Perhaps it also helps all of us to approach this new year with peace."

  • "As you look back, what have you learned about yourself, about the world, about life?"

  • For the poet, 2021 was both " a year like no other" and "the same as all the rest."

  • My first memories of Christmas were when y family was interned by the Nazis.

  • The gloom of our world is really only a shadow.   Behind the gloom, yet still within our reach, is joy.   Take joy for your heart this Christmas.

  • Some questions about the gifts brought for the infant Jesus.

  • "Pope Paul VI laments on “how I would like to return to my childhood and attend the simple yet profound school that is Nazareth!”"

  • The editor and writers of igNation send Christmas greetings to our readers and their families. We truly hope that we are making a difference in the lives of each one of you.

  • These winter days are physically dark. There is something magical about darkness when it is imbued with a sense of the sacred, when we are not fearful of the darkness.

  • "Reflecting on his first Christmas as a monk at the Gethsemane monastery in Kentucky, Thomas Merton said, “Christ always seeks the straw of the most desolate cribs to make his Bethlehem.” "

  • When I’m faced with major shock I find going to mass puts me at the foot of the cross, where I feel supported.

  • "At this Christmas time when we are called to be bearers of light, bearers of hope: let us be guided by Jesus who came to bring light and hope to this world that needs it so much."

  • "This season always reminds me of Jesus’ words in St. Mark’s Gospel, words I often proclaim at Baptisms:  “Let the little children come to me.  Do not hinder them.”  My consolation is that Baptism makes me a child of God. "

  • "Advent calls forth the child within each of us and reminds us of our longing. "

  • "Please count on my continued prayers, and if you are in the area, do visit us."

  • "We the Catholic Bishops of Canada express our profound remorse and apologize unequivocally.""

  • "s there someone in my circle who most needs love and acceptance right now? Have I heard about a stranger or group of people who need love? How can I offer that gift?"

  • "To survive in this fragile world, the Christmas story must be made relevant once again in our lives."

  • "Our Christmas goal? to try to love like Him serving others, striving to stay free from sin."

  • "Like Mary, we are invited to bring Christ into the world. This takes place through our acts of love, often simple acts."

  • "Like Andrew brought Peter to Jesus, are we willing to move out of our shadows to bring others to meet the infant Jesus of Bethlehem?"

  • "The grace that this little book offers for this First Week of Advent is to become aware of the ways God offers us a path to fullness of life."

  • "Jesus follows in the line of King David and acts as shepherd in the Gospel. He stands in sharp contrast to the so-called leaders referred to in today’s Gospel and to many authorities in our world."

  • "Remaining alert means that we are paying attention to all that is happening within and without and around and above and below."

  • “A saint doesn’t live on the interest of his income, or even on his income; he lives on his capital, he gives all his soul.” In other words, a saint shows total dedication to God and to the neighbour.

  • "Fall includes the possibility of new beginnings, the chance to start over. But this season has often been associated with melancholia. The endless opportunities of summer are gone and winter is on the horizon."

  • Jesus the Healer is the subject of today's blog and of so much more.

  • "What are the gifts that fathers need today? It’s definitely a more challenging world than I experienced as a child. But fatherhood is strong enough to survive and discover creative ways of offering life."

  • The month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

  • Some Easter time light in the time of covid!

  • "The 'real' Presence has been always central to my Faith.  Perhaps it is no wonder that in  my elder years I have come to associate my First Communion experience with the celebration of its institution on the Holy Thursday during the Easter Triduum."

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