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The Word Is Life

Pentecost and the fire of God’s love

On a Tuesday night at St. Ignatius Parish, 14 young people stand ready to be anointed with oil. They have come from many different situations and different schools. We often talk of how discouraged we are with low church attendance and yet, here stand these wonderful young people excited to be confirmed in the Catholic…

Working it out with St. Joseph

One of our Catholic Social Teachings is the dignity of work. People ought to be able to use their skills and knowledge to accomplish a purpose and to have self-worth and self-esteem. The work may not be perfect in the earliest stages of a career or vocation but with mentoring and skill development, the work…

Earth Day and our common home

Recently, the city of Ottawa was ravaged by yet another ice storm. The huge pine tree in my backyard lost many heavy limbs. The yard was full of the pine needles, twigs, and branches. We are lucky that the tree survived and did not come down on the house. I am hoping that we do…

Softening Our Hearts

I admire those of you who keep steady and committed Lenten observance. I feel like my work in music ministry keeps me mindful, but if I wasn’t singing, I might get distracted and fall off the journey. I have no problem with the fasting part. It is the whole change of heart part that challenges me. My…

From the Ashes

It’s hard not to see all the things that are going wrong in the world. The war in Ukraine heartbreakingly grinds on. Closer to home, fellow citizens can’t find common ground as polarization increases and opinions get entrenched. Then there’s inflation and all the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. What can the liturgical year offer…