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The Word Is Life

ST. KATERI TEKAKWITHA

“If I only knew then what I know now.” This is what I said to Emund Matatawabin, former Cree Chief at Fort Albany, author and winner of the Order of Canada. He responded that he thought this would make a good title for a song. I had contacted him through Facebook messenger because I could…

FOR ALL WHO SUFFER

Good Friday represents the groaning of the planet in agony. It is suffering writ large, manifested most vividly in the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. Before we can joyfully celebrate the Resurrection of Easter, we must relive with Jesus his own unique suffering, through the Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, to his trial…

Holy Thursday: Washing Feet

There’s such a sense of anticipation on Holy Thursday, I find. It is the start of the Triduum, the three days that form a single celebration marking the end of Lent: from the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday to Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday. During this intense and sacred time, we journey…

Annunciation of the Lord

This beautiful painting of the Annunciation of Our Lord is provocative. It presents a very realistic depiction of Mary, the mother of God. A young girl wakes and thinks about the day ahead of her: chores, family activities and the weather. And then she has a vision that is beyond her experience. This is the…

ST. JOSEPH: THE HIDDEN LIFE

Today we remember St. Joseph, in the year that Pope Francis has named “The Year of St. Joseph.” Today, also, we begin a Year of the Family! When the Church honors a saint or honors families, it is one thing. But I think it would do us a lot of good to try to honor…