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Too Busy for Joy?

Too Busy for Joy?

I am not sure if you have ever been a member of a choir, but for those of you have been, you will remember that preparing for Christmas meant weeks (and hours ) of practice.  My dad, at different times, was both a church organist and choir member - and I have very...

The Christmas Story and Abortion

The Christmas Story and Abortion

In a recent conversation with a friend of mine who is an accountant, she lamented how this time of year is her busiest season.  In contrast, my job of being a pro-life educator means year end is my slow season: people generally don’t want to hear about a negative...

Is Your Life a Mess?

I do my best to read the Bible daily, turning my home page into MyCatholic.com is probably one of the best decisions I have made. It is a healthy reminder to keep the noise out of my mind first thing in the morning, turning to scripture and the beautiful reflections...

Book Review: The Defining Decade

Book Review: The Defining Decade

Two winters ago I walked into an appointment for spiritual direction...and was directed to the self-help section of the book store. I had been told to buy The Defining Decade. I read it in a day and a half; it was transformative. The Defining Decade challenges...

Confessions of an Early Advent Advocator

Confessions of an Early Advent Advocator

I love Christmas! I start my shopping in July, I plan Christmas events in September. If I could skip right over Halloween and set up my Nativity set in October, I would! (Honestly, I have actually done that last one). When they start advertising the 25 days before the...

Book Review: Stay With Me by Carolyn Astfalk

Book Review: Stay With Me by Carolyn Astfalk

Stay with Me by Carolyn Astfalk (Full Quiver Publishing 2015) Catholic author Carolyn Astfalk celebrates the release of her novel, Stay with Me, published by Full Quiver Publishing. Billed as an “edgy Theology of the Body romance,” this book is a nice, thick read at...

Daily Take – Do you beg Christ?

In order to succeed in it (prayer), it should be done when we first awaken, when our whole being is calm and recollected. We need to make our meditation before anything else.                                                                                              ...

Movie Review – The Intern

If your planning to go see a movie, Nancy Meyers'  latest movie, The Intern is a good choice. It is a fun, innocent romantic comedy with a few surprises - it's a bit like cotton candy. Although it's very pleasant escape, definitely a chic flick,  there might be a few...

You Are BEAUTIFUL

You Are BEAUTIFUL

My morning routine consists of trying on 15 outfits with none quite doing it for me- Too tight, too frumpy, too short, too long, too black, too colourful... Ladies you know how the story goes, I'm surely not the only one!! Gosh such self-loathing craziness! Today was...

Pope Francis in the USA

  Tuning into the coverage of the our Holy Father's visit to the USA, has been such an incredible blessing. Moments of joy, spectacular welcoming crowds, political speeches, blessings of children, devotional prayers, homilies and an overwhelming spirit of joy...

A Family That Prays Together…

A Family That Prays Together…

…Stays Together. That was the message of Servant of God Patrick Peyton, the founder of Holy Cross Family Ministries who was best known as the “Rosary Priest.” Just in time for the World Meeting of Families, Saint Benedict Press has released a new book chock-full...

Lessons from a Fire

Lessons from a Fire

One year ago, shortly after 7am, on a morning I had planned to sleep in, I was awoken by a fire.  Yelling startled me awake and when I looked out my bedroom window where I used to live in Brampton, Ontario, I saw that my breathtakingly beautiful place of worship, an...

Book Review: Why be Afraid? A Retreat

Book Review: Why be Afraid? A Retreat

Why Be Afraid? A Retreat by Douglas McManaman Justin Press ISBN: 978-0-9917996-6-4 102 pages, softcover $12.95 CDN Deacon Douglas McManaman is a Permanent Deacon for the Archdiocese of Toronto, ministering especially to those who suffer from mental illness. A high...

I Saw Auschwitz Today…

I Saw Auschwitz Today…

I saw a dandelion growing today at Auschwitz. And I thought about the disdain we have for a dandelion. We cut them down. We poison them. We laugh at children who think they are special and worthy for display and a drink of water. I saw a dandelion growing today at...

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