Focus

  • Preparing for the post-Christmas Day blues

    Dec 24, 2014

    Whether you are one of those who reach a Santa saturation point in mid-December, or someone who gets the blues when the presents are all unwrapped, the aftermath of Christmas Day can be a puzzle or a problem.

  • Christmas Day is just beginning

    Dec 24, 2014

    Most people today are aware of the Christmas song “The 12 Days of Christmas.”

  • Praying with Jesus in the Womb

    Dec 18, 2014

    We know his life on this earth began in the womb, at the moment of his conception. And, so we know that the first part of his journey among us - the first part of the Word of God taking flesh and dwelling among us - was nine months in his mother's womb.

  • Honouring talent and grace — Jean Beliveau RIP

    Dec 18, 2014

    For those of you who aren’t Canadian, perhaps this name might not mean much, but, this past week, Canada lost one of its great cultural icons, Jean Beliveau, a famed athlete. He died and all Canadians, including this Canadian in exile, mourn his passing.

  • Food for thought

    Dec 18, 2014

    At Christmas we’re reminded that “the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” But it’s often difficult to know exactly how to interpret that, or to understand why Jesus became “flesh.”

  • Extending our merciful hands to do God’s work

    Dec 18, 2014

    A dozen years ago, I became pastor of a parish whose priest had retired a year earlier. The town was quite small, and though the church was truly lovely, it was over 100 years old and set on an open hillside near the sea.

  • The hidden gift of Christmas

    Dec 18, 2014

    From a vantage point near the top of a large hill in Canada, my wife and I lingered to gaze late last summer upon a breathtaking view of the St. Lawrence River.

  • Holy Scripture desecrated yet again

    Dec 11, 2014

    The Bible Society of Malaysia is appalled and deeply saddened to discover that the 321 Bibles and 30 copies of We Gospel according to St. Luke that were seized from our premises in Petaling Jaya.

  • Self-sacrifice and the Eucharist

    Dec 11, 2014

    In 1996, Muslim extremists martyred nearly an entire community of Trappist monks in Atlas, Algeria.

  • Food for thought

    Dec 11, 2014

    The Virgin Mary has often been called “the woman of Advent.” One person who referred to her as such on Nov. 28, 2010 was then Pope, Benedict XVI.