Dr. Mary Marrocco is an associate secretary for the Canadian Council of Churches. She is also a teacher, writer and lay pastoral worker. Morrocco explores the lives and writings of the saints, spiritual writers and theologians‚ and how they relate to contemporary life.

During a shared reflection on a scriptural text one evening, a young man asked about joy. Was something wrong with him because he rarely experienced joy? Was he being punished for his mental suffering? What is joy, and do we even have any right to feel it when there is so much suffering?

Mary Marrocco: Our doubts can move us toward Jesus

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Sometimes I imagine what it might have been like for people at the foot of the cross as Jesus’ body was taken down, wrapped in linens and spices, and taken away to the tomb.

Mary Marrocco: Humanity’s secret name: ‘Cared For’

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Bicycles are a popular means of transportation, with a long history — my grandfather’s bicycle, the only vehicle he ever owned, got him to and from work at the Quaker Oats factory 364 days per year.

Mary Marrocco: We must surrender to the one true power

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A woman I knew became Christian as an adult. Unlike some of us lifelong Christians who can be oblivious of the strangeness of our faith, she was appalled by one of the Beatitudes. 

Mary Marrocco: Christ, the truth, will set us free

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Who could forget the look on Ingrid Bergman’s face, playing Paula in the movie Gaslight, as she apprehends the possibility that she might be slowly going insane?

Mary Marrocco: The farther we go, the more we will find

By Mary Marrocco

Remember the old fairy tales?  They are told, or re-told, by great story-tellers like the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen and my favourite, Andrew Lang — who, back in the 19th century, gathered stories from around the world into the Red Fairy Book, Green Fairy Book and plenty of other colours. 

Mary Marrocco: Christian unity urgent for suffering world

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A spiritual director once surprised me by asking: “What does your little voice have to say?” 

Mary Marrocco: A first step into centre of the universe

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How difficult it is to get out of the centre of the universe. And how painful to find our way there.

Mary Marrocco: Community frees us from fear of death

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Increasingly, I’ve been observing incidents of white-hot anger flaring out on quiet streets or on public transit. To name but one, a pedestrian accidentally crossed in front of a cyclist, the two immediately started swearing at each other and almost came to blows. These strangers were dry tinder, ready to burst into flames of rage.

Mary Marrocco: Superstition has no place in life of faith

By Mary Marrocco

A contemporary government official, in a high-profile speech, once enthused about the benefits and powers of science.

Mary Marrocco: Living sexuality in the Church’s embrace

By Mary Marrocco

A young Catholic couple were not engaged, but hoping to get there. At a certain point, naturally enough, Anne and Simon found it difficult not to engage in sexual relations. Instead, they quarrelled.