"Women and men around the world find solace in Mary, the Mother of God. Our prayer to her cuts across cultures, lifestyle and age. I know many people who would say they do not practice faith, yet so often when someone close to them gets sick or dies, they grab a rosary and start a simple prayer. There is comfort in the simplicity and rhythmic pattern of the beads. Perhaps it gives them peace at a time when worry comes so naturally. We place great hope in Mary's intercession in our lives or in the lives of those close to us."[Read Post]
The new Catechism of the Catholic Church is now the main guide to our beliefs and practices.
There are four parts: the creed (37%; the sacraments (23%); the commandments (27%); and prayer (11%).
In the section on prayer, the central emphasis is on the Our Father[Read Post]
During Advent we are often invited to prepare for the three comings of Christ. Two of the comings are very easily detected in the liturgical texts of this season. Many texts invite us to reenact the long journey of the chosen people as they waited for the coming of the one who would save them. How often we have savoured the beautiful prophecies the Church proposes for us, especially those from Isaiah. They point to the Saviour's coming in majesty and to God's decisive intervention to set things right.[Read Post]
How do we "participate" in liturgical music? This is a question that I have been pondering recently. As some of you know, I have been singing in a chant-polyphonic choir for more than a year. Our repertoire would often have songs that are practically "unsingable" for the congregation during mass. These include Gregorian chant tones and complicated polyphonic pieces, sometimes in Latin. I often wonder how the congregation feels about them. Do they find it prayerful? Do they treat it more like a musical performance? Or are they completely tuned out because they cannot sing along with it?[Read Post]
"Some years ago, I was presiding at the Wednesday evening Eucharist at Ignatius Farm Community in Guelph, Ontario. It doesn't exist anymore, but the Farm Community was very much in the spirit of L'Arche, the international network of communities for the handicapped. The Farm Community had its roots in a desire to provide a safe environment for men who had come out of prison. It evolved over the years and comprised of two houses for a diversity of women and men who needed a welcoming community."[Read Post]
At 5:02 PM on Monday, 18 November 1929 an underwater earthquake occurred in the North Atlantic, registering 7.2 on the Richter scale. Two hundred and sixty-five kilometres to the north the people of the fishing communities that dotted the south coast of Newfoundland felt the ground tremors. They could never imagine what was to happen.[Read Post]
On St Ignatius Day, July 31, 2014, members of the Vancouver Ignatian family - comprised of the Jesuit Spirituality Apostolate of Vancouver, the Jesuit Alumni Group, the three Christian Life Community groups (Lighthouse, St Augustine, St Mark's) and the Society of Evangelical Life of the Heart of Jesus - met for a Mass celebrated by Father Rob Allore, SJ. Following the Mass, several members of this group spoke. Here are the remarks made by Dom Bautista of the Jesuit Alumni Group."[Read Post]