Happy New Year! We welcome yet another New Year with Mary as our model and guide. On January 1st the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. With Mary we are invited to start this New Year with our gaze fixed on Jesus, our Lord and King. Whatever may come and whatever we must leave behind, Jesus is with us and Mary helps us to keep Jesus at the front and centre of our lives. Mary is called the Mother of God because Jesus is God, and Mary is the mother of
When we ask children what they look forward to most during Christmas you will hear a very excited and uniform answer: “gifts”. The practice of offering gifts at Christmas time has become so widespread that it may overshadow the story of Christ’s birth. But perhaps it may be helpful to look at it in a different way, that gift giving is not a departure from the true theme of Christmas but, rather, its most natural consequence. The “what” of Christmas. The story of Christ’s birt
The Third Sunday of Advent, known as the Sunday of Joy, invites us to reflect on the often forgotten fruit of Christian Joy. In the Catechism of the Catholic Church Joy is mentioned as one of the fruits of the virtue of love, along with peace and mercy. Joy is not something that we can manufacture on our own, and it is not something that can be just given to us like a Christmas present. No one can give us Joy, and we can’t make ourselves feel Joy. So how do we attain it?
As we experience yet another winter season in Canada, many people make great strives to get away from the darkness and cold in order to experience the brightness and the warmth of the sun by travelling south on a winter holiday. There is something comforting in the brightness and warmth of the sun. No wonder we all miss it during our winter months in Canada. The choice to live in light and not in darkness is not an easy one. This is primarily because darkness is often easi
Happy New Liturgical Year everyone! With the start of the season of Advent we begin our preparations for Christmas. Advent is a time of waiting, a time of preparation, and a time of spiritual renewal. I know it can be a struggle to slow things down during Advent, especially as the preparations for Christmas can increase our stress levels. Between house decorations, gift buying, family gatherings, and Christmas cards mailings, we can lose ourselves in the business. Please cons