Focus

  • Combat the ‘epidemic plague’ of porn by becoming pure

    Mar 27, 2014

    The growth of pornography use, particularly on the internet, is “a matter of utmost urgency for every son and father today,” Bishop Paul Loverde of the Catholic diocese of Arlington, Virginia said in a letter to his flock released this week.

  • What dark nights do for us

    Mar 27, 2014

    After Mother Teresa died, her diaries revealed something that shocked many people, namely, during the last sixty years of her life, from age 27 until she died at age 87, she struggled to imagine that God existed and had no affective experience of either the person or the existence of God.

  • Pope Francis, Obama have much in common

    Mar 27, 2014

    Pope Francis and President Obama met at the Vatican on Thursday, March 27.

  • Trust in politicians is at an all-time low ...when inequality is at an all time high

    Mar 27, 2014

    The riots and demonstrations in Cairo in 2011, and the similar breakdown in public order in Kiev last month, were both fuelled by popular resentment at corruption.

  • Food for thought

    Mar 27, 2014

    Last year, in his last public homily as a sitting pope, Pope Benedict XVI said during Ash Wednesday that “by the grace of God, we are called to transform (the Gospel) into a concrete attitude and behaviour during Lent.”

  • Transformed by grace

    Mar 27, 2014

    The story of John Newton is generally well known. He was a captain in the African slave trade during the 1700s and eventually had a conversion to Christianity. He later joined with his friend William Wilberforce to bring about the end of the British slave trade.

  • Lenten lessons to help us throughout life

    Mar 27, 2014

    The Lenten Gospels take us through a bleak and dry landscape. To some, this bleakness signals death. To others, it signals a death of the old self and a transformation to a new self.

  • Food for Thought

    Mar 21, 2014

    When most of us think of the word “discipline,” we think of punishment or of actions that may take away what brings a moment of joy into our lives.

  • Lent’s call to discipline

    Mar 21, 2014

    A few years ago, I went to a birthday party for a priest friend who was turning 80. This friend was a great homilist and a great writer, but what also impressed me was that at 80, this lean, wiry priest was still getting up every cold Alaskan morning to jog through the predawn streets.

  • We need discipline to be disciples

    Mar 21, 2014

    In his First Letter to the Corinthians, the apostle Paul encouraged the Church at Corinth to think of their faith as an athlete thinks of a competition: run to win.