God's Word on Sunday: God is about compassion, not vengeance

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jan. 21 (Year B) Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 25; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20


Vanessa Santilli-Raimondo: My 2018 includes less time with my phone

Spending more time with family, making forgiveness a habit and being less judgmental could help you make good on one of the most popular 2018 New Year’s resolutions.

Charles Lewis: Priests take the plunge into a heroic mission

Earlier this month I attended the funeral of Msgr. Gregory Haddock, a priest of Opus Dei. The homilist at St. Michael’s Cathedral said pain had been Fr. Greg’s constant companion, but he never complained. Parkinson’s disease slowly ended his life.

St. Francis Xavier relic highlights vital role of immigrants

The visit of the relic of St. Francis Xavier to the Mississauga, Ont., parish named after him will likely be the largest Catholic event of the year in Canada. Numbers are not the most important part of any pilgrimage, but they do tell part of the story. And the 13,000-plus pilgrims that came to St. Francis Xavier parish to honour their patron is an important story about the state of the Church in Canada.

Mary Marrocco: Keeping faith in calm and chaos

Oxford is a beautiful town, by nature and centuries of human living.  Exploring there once with friends, we saw a memorial, arrestingly inscribed: “To the Glory of God, and in grateful commemoration of His servants, Thomas Cranmer, Nicholas Ridley, Hugh Latimer, Prelates of the Church of England, who near this spot yielded their bodies to be burned, bearing witness to the sacred truths which they had affirmed and maintained against the errors of the Church of Rome.” 

God's Word on Sunday: God sends us an invitation to listen

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jan. 14 (Year B) 1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19; Psalm 40; 1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20; John 1:35-42
 

Peter Stockland: Time to re-think funding in fight for summer jobs

Canada’s former ambassador for religious freedom sees recent punitive changes to Ottawa’s Canada Summer Jobs program as the epitome of anti-faith hostility.

Fr. Raymond J. De Souza: St. Francis Xavier relic hits very close to home

The relic of St. Francis Xavier is making a Canada-wide visit this month. It began with stops in Quebec City, St. John’s, Nfld., Halifax and Kingston, and visits the Toronto area before heading to the four Western provinces.

God's Word on Sunday: Bright future lies on the path of light

Epiphany of the Lord, Jan. 7 (Year B) Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72; Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6; Matthew 2:1-12

Francis Campbell: Our faithful friend set a golden standard

The inverted spelling that links the words God and dog seems an unlikely coincidence.

Glen Argan: Sexual dignity begins with respect for all

Time magazine’s choice of “the silence breakers” as its 2017 Person of the Year acknowledges the importance of a movement that is changing our culture for the better.