"Community is coloured by the richness and diversity of the personalities of its members. The fabric of a community has been dyed and tinted by the many unique individuals who grace its life with their presence. Once I lived in a community that had a high turnover of some off-the-wall characters. One of them was a man by the name of James."[Read Post]
We know that the answer to that question is "Jesus did nothing wrong?" But not everyone would agree. Those who don't accept Jesus have their own criticism of Jesus to justify to themselves why they are not His followers. But in the world today, the number of members of the Catholic Chuch cited in the public press at the time when Pope Francis was elected was one billion two hundred million (1,200,000,000). If the other Christians who accept Christ are added to that figure, then we have a fantastic number of followers of Jesus. As the saying goes, "He must have done something right to have succeeded so admirably."[Read Post]
Pope Benedict XVI described Palm Sunday as "the great doorway leading into Holy Week," the week when the Lord Jesus makes his way toward the culmination of his earthly existence and journeys through the greatest mysteries of human life.[Read Post]
For more than 400 years, Jesuits working in Canada have written about their daily life and mission. Originally, their letters were published as The Jesuit Relations (Relations des jésuites). This blog, igNation, continues that tradition with a new series entitled: Getting to Know the Relations.
Using excerpts chosen from the first 200 hundred years of these documents, the series presents vignettes which speak to the timeless heart of Jesuit endeavour: the promotion of discernment in order to help people find God in all things. Today: Reducing wait times in a busy clinic[Read Post]
We are just nine months from Christmas! Yes, today the Church celebrates the Annunciation, the announcement of our salvation. We hear the Gospel story of the Angel Gabriel appearing to a perplexed Mary and asking her to bear a son, to be named Jesus. This fulfils the earlier prophecy of Isaiah: "The young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel, for God is with us."[Read Post]
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled last Thursday on Loyola High School v. Quebec (Attorney General). The Court ruled that Quebec infringed on the religious freedom of Loyola High School by refusing it an exemption from teaching the province's Ethics and Religious Culture (ERC) program. The ruling basically means that Loyola can teach the ERC program from a Catholic perspective, as opposed to the secular perspective mandated by the province.[Read Post]
"As Jesus faces his impending fate, he says he is "troubled". Yet despite his fears he feels he can not pull back, that he has to fulfill the purpose of his life.
As I sat with these words, the face of a very fearful young woman I met two years ago in India came to my mind. It was in a rural area in Madhya Pradesh. When we arrived after a few hours drive in a very bumpy road, Sister Jocelynne who is also a nurse, told me that during the night she had assisted a woman to give birth to a little girl. She asked me if I wanted to see her."[Read Post]
Which religion is the most persecuted around the world? According to the International Society for Human Rights, up to 80% of acts of persecution are directed at people of the Christian faith, even though just a third of the world's population is Christian. The Holy See reports that over 100,000 Christians are violently killed annually because of some relation to their faith. The World Evangelical Alliance estimates that over 200 million Christians are denied fundamental human rights, solely because of their faith.[Read Post]