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These are the words that we hear on Ash Wednesday as ashes are imposed on our forehead in the shape of a cross: “Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel” (or with the alternate formula: “Remember that you are dust and unto dust you shall return”).This invitation on the lips of the ...read more
Mmmm… home… makes me think of sunny kitchens and fresh-baked cookies. In fact, it makes me want to go home right now, wrap my arms around my mom, and steal five of those cookies (to start). Moms and homes… what a great combination that is sure to stir-up stories, whether they are about our own ...read more
Salt + Light Television is pleased to present Ash Wednesday Holy Mass with the blessing and imposition of ashes, today at 10:30am ET with an evening encore presentation at 8:30pm ET (after a new episode of Mothering, Full of Grace). His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI will be the celebrant. Based on a Lenten tradition, the ...read more
On Ash Wednesday, February 6, the Church begins her great Lenten journey with Jesus on the road to Jerusalem. For centuries, Lent has been a very intense spiritual journey and experience for the followers of Jesus Christ. Why are there forty days in Lent? It took forty days for sinfulness to drown in the flood ...read more
Fat Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday. Pancake Tuesday. Call it what you want, it is the day before Ash Wednesday, and the day before the Church’s great penitential season of Lent. Lent is a time of prayer, almsgiving, and fasting… sounds pretty daunting — and kind of unsettling. It’s probably a good thing though for us to ...read more
As if they were the only two in Kelown’s Immaculate Conception Church, papal nuncio Archbishop Luigi Ventura preached much of his homily directly to Br. John Corriveau, who minutes later would be ordained Bishop. “When I informed you of the Pope’s appointment, you responded to me: “I give myself to the decision of the Holy ...read more
What kind of hopes fill our life? We may hope for a good job or a perfect relationship. Some may have simple hopes, like catching a bus on time. Others may have lofty hopes like winning the lottery. Whatever our hopes, I suspect it is rare for us to go a few days without expressing ...read more
[NOTE: This Wednesday, January 30th, marks the debut of a new Salt + Light Television series, Mothering, Full of Grace. You may remember Gillian’s previous entry on Mothering, Full of Grace, from the beginning of January. Click HERE to refresh your memory!] I always like it when people sign their letters with a thoughtful, “Take ...read more
The official celebrations of Quebec City’s 400th Anniversary are now underway. This is surely one of the only birthday parties where conversing about religion and politics—not to mention other touchy topics like immigration and language laws—is perfectly acceptable. By declining his invitation, the Pope decided against bringing to full boil Quebec’s debate over the role ...read more
St. Thomas Aquinas was one of the greatest and most influential theologians in the history of the Catholic Church. He is a supreme example of one whose life and teaching were one. He was canonized in 1323 and declared Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius V. His feast day is January 28. According to ...read more