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Several months ago, I had the opportunity to preach about the apostle we affectionately call doubting Thomas. After the homily, an interesting thing started to happen to me. Several people came into my life after the homily, and they all seemed to have the same basic question which circles around the idea of doubting God […]

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Here is a story I found while wondering around the internet written by author Kent Nerburn. As you take a moment to read it I sill share the conclusion the Mr. Nerburn offers  when he observes: “We’re conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments. But great moments often catch us unaware, beautifully […]

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Here are the top five regrets of the dying, as witnessed by Bonnie Ware that was referenced in TedTalk by Kathleen Taylor: 1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. “This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that […]

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I had the opportunity to speak to a group of high school students at a symposium organized by my Alma mater Brebeuf College.  It is hard for me to believe that it has been 40 years since I graduated from Brebeuf. Where did the 40 years go? I invited them to drop by the website […]

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I had the opportunity today to speak to the teachers at Blessed Pope John Paul II Catholic Secondary School and since this was a “Faith Day” I picked the topic of faith as the theme. I know very creative of me. I invited them to drop by the website to have a look at some […]

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I had a chance today to present some ideas about evangelizing the Good News to young folks as I spoke to a group of catechists and volunteers in Toronto. I invited them here to the blog to have a look at some of these past posts. Click here to listen to Fr. Ronald Rolheiser talks […]

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One of the reasons we know so much about Saul from Tarsus is that after his transformational experience while on the road to Damascus, he started to write letters using the name Paul. The art of writing and reading long letters seems to be dying. A major challenge for many of  us Catholics is that our […]

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One of my favorite books on the gospel is – ‘Drawn into the Mystery of Jesus through the Gospel of John” ,which was written by the Canadian philosopher and Catholic social innovator, Jean Vanier. Jean Vanier is the founder of  a community centered around people with mental disabilities called  L’Arche which has now become a […]

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I am starting to consider that the second most important book on Christianity, I have ever read, after the Bible, is Fr. Greg Boyle’s “Tattoos on the Heart“. Perhaps I feel this way about the book because of my own work as part of the community we call the Friends of Dismas, or it might […]

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Below is my yearly re-post of what is clearly one of my Top 10 movies of all time. I often feel like the richest man in the world. It’s a Wonderful Life One of my all time favorite movies, especially around Christmas time, is Frank Capra’s gem- It’s a Wonderful Life staring,  Jimmy Stewart and […]

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Two ideas for this week’s homily: First from Fr. Robert Barron’s homily this week  comes the concept of living a life based on a concept Fr. Barron calls Radical Love. Keeping the commandments Jesus highlights in the gospel is foundational to living life as a follower of the Chrsit. The second idea is Fr. Richard […]

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Where have all the demons gone? C.S. Lewis offers one perspective in his book The Screwtape Letters. It offers us a glimpse into an  intriguing series of letters between two of Satan’s workers. Wikipedia tells us that the: The Screwtape Letters is a satirical Christian apologetic novel written by C. S. Lewis, first published in […]

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For a few weeks now we have re-entered Ordinary Time. For many the excitement of the big church seasons of Lent/ Easter/ Pentecost and various Solemnities have given way to the wearing of the liturgical green of boring old Ordinary Time. For some, and I would include myself in this group, this is the part […]

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Below is a scene we witnessed as we traveled with Jesus. Many of us might have wondered the same thing as the Pharisees; Why does Jesus keep hanging around with “THOSE” people? A second question to ponder- What did Jesus mean when he told us that he desires compassion, and not sacrifices? In case you […]

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Best wishes for a blessed and holy Christmas. Here is a beautiful telling of the Christmas story set to the words of a song from Amy Grant titled “Breath of Heaven”. I believe the video was produced by the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.The lyrics of the song are posted below the […]

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