21 July, 2018

The power of words: How we say things can make all the difference in the world

Getting out of the sacristy: A look at our pastoral priorities

Getting out of the sacristy: A look at our pastoral priorities

20 July, 2018

Charles Lewis: Don’t expect Roe v. Wade debate to end

Charles Lewis: Don’t expect Roe v. Wade debate to end

Opinion | The Localist Revolution

You say 'Localism'... Catholics say 'Subsidiarity'. But it's the right way to go no matter which label we give this emerging trend in politics.



Opinion | The Localist Revolution - The New York Times

Scripture Speaks: Working and Resting

Scripture Speaks: Working and Resting

The Gospel this week will tell us how to achieve unshakeable peace

The Gospel this week will tell us how to achieve unshakeable peace

The best jokes about Jesuits, by Jesuits

The best jokes about Jesuits, by Jesuits--Aleteia

Practical tips on finding a Catholic Church while on vacation

Practical tips on finding a Catholic Church while on vacation --Aleteia

18 July, 2018

Can a priest be forced to betray the seal of the confessional? (NO!)

Can a priest be forced to betray the seal of the confessional?

Why Catholics Love Evolution and the Big Bang

Why Catholics Love Evolution and the Big Bang

Google Doodle honors Fr. Georges Lemaitre, the priest behind the Big Bang Theory

Google Doodle honors Fr. Georges Lemaitre, the priest behind the Big Bang Theory

The Prophetic Vision of Blessed Paul VI

The Prophetic Vision of Blessed Paul VI

Trump Supreme Court pick: Brett Kavanaugh

Trump Supreme Court pick: Brett Kavanaugh - The Washington Post

Senator Susan Collins Stokes the Embers of Civil War: Reflections on the US Supreme Court and the Abortion Debate

Senator Susan Collins Stokes the Embers of Civil War

11 July, 2018

Father Raymond J. de Souza: On religious freedom, Canada dithers while our allies lead

Father Raymond J. de Souza: On religious freedom, Canada dithers while our allies lead | National Post

Humanae Vitae in Context: Background and Fallout

Humanae Vitae in Context: Background and Fallout

Archaeologists believe they have found the Biblical city of Bethsaida

Archaeologists believe they have found the Biblical city of Bethsaida

A Pastor in Full | George Weigel

A Pastor in Full | George Weigel | First Things

Discouragement is not an option: Weigel on the fragility of order

Discouragement is not an option: Weigel on the fragility of order | Catholic Culture

As secularism mounts, Vatican tries to rescue abandoned churches

As secularism mounts, Vatican tries to rescue abandoned churches

10 July, 2018

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will face anti-Catholic bigotry

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will face anti-Catholic bigotry

12 Myths About Physician Assisted Suicide and Medical Aid In Dying

12 Myths About Physician Assisted Suicide and Medical Aid In Dying | MD Magazine

A walk in the park from a dog's point of view



I know this is only a commercial, but it captures the joy of a walk in the park from a dog's perspective... and that's something I can appreciate as one who shares a home with two canine companions myself. Some days I wonder if it's just a coincidence that DOG is a palindrome -  a word with two meanings when spelled backwards - for GOD!  The love and joy they bring into my life everyday helps me to daily be reminded of the love God has for me too.

Legal Challenges to Canada Summer Jobs Program Focus on Freedom of Speech

Legal Challenges to Canada Summer Jobs Program Focus on Freedom of Speech

Bishop Barron takes on the myth that faith and science are enemies

Bishop Barron takes on the myth that faith and science are enemies

30 June, 2018

Catholic Intellectual, George Weigel, on Order and Truth

Catholic Intellectual, George Weigel, on Order and Truth | Lighthouse Faith

The Flying Fathers: How a group of Catholic priests playing hockey – and having fun – became an international sensation

The Flying Fathers: How a group of Catholic priests playing hockey – and having fun – became an international sensation - The Globe and Mail

Here’s My Desert Island Reading List — What’s Yours?

A student once asked me what heaven was like and I replied that I hoped it was a giant library with one more book than I could read in an eternity. So articles like this one always appeal to me. But it does bring to mind the question: What books would you want to have around you if you were marooned on a desert island?



Here’s My Desert Island Reading List — What’s Yours?

The Limits of Science--What Science Can and Can't Do.

The Limits of Science--What Science Can and Can't Do. : Catholic Stand

28 June, 2018

Here are the ways Canada is indisputably better than the United States

Here are the ways Canada is indisputably better than the United States | National Post

New space age requires cooperation, pope's astronomer says

New space age requires cooperation, pope's astronomer says

Pope removes two Chilean bishops accused of abuse cover-ups

Pope removes two Chilean bishops accused of abuse cover-ups

MAiD (euthanasia) increases by 30% in Canada.

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: MAiD (euthanasia) increases by 30% in Canada.

The National Post’s guide to summer reading for when you’re on a plane, at the beach or on the couch

The National Post’s guide to summer reading for when you’re on a plane, at the beach or on the couch | National Post

7 Reasons Why You Need to Crack Open That Mass Hymnal and Make a Joyful Noise

7 Reasons Why You Need to Crack Open That Mass Hymnal and Make a Joyful Noise

(The Book of) Acts and Us | George Weigel |

Acts and Us | George Weigel | First Things

26 June, 2018

Pembroke Daily Observer to Close: Sad news for we who live in the upper Ottawa Valley.

Daily Observer to Close

These Secular Songs Can Bring You Closer to God: Vol. 3

These Secular Songs Can Bring You Closer to God: Vol. 2 – EpicPew

Secular Songs to Bring You Closer to God: Volume 2

Secular Songs to Bring You Closer to God: Volume 3 – EpicPew

Secular Songs That Can Bring Us Closer to God

Secular Songs That Can Bring Us Closer to God – EpicPew

Former Irish President: Infant Baptism Violates Human Rights

Former Irish President: Infant Baptism Violates Human Rights

Irish Prime Minister Tells Catholic Hospitals: You Must Perform Abortions

Irish Prime Minister Tells Catholic Hospitals: You Must Perform Abortions

What is "Opus Dei"? Is it a secret Catholic sect?: What Dan Brown got right … and wrong

What is "Opus Dei"? Is it a secret Catholic sect? --Aleteia

Canadian bishops say marijuana use may soon be legal but remains sinful

Canadian bishops say marijuana use may soon be legal but remains sinful

25 June, 2018

Catholic priest suspended for rapping in church

Hard not to be of two minds with this story. On the one hand, the sermon (or more properly, homily) has a form and protocol that is expressed through means proper to itself, meaning that rapping is not a faithful example of what's expected of it in the rubrics governing the Eucharist. Such innovation, it taken at all, must first be approved by proper Church authority; in this case, the local bishop. This clearly wasn't done and as a result, a sanction has been imposed suspending this priests' faculty to preach.

On the other hand.... 




There is a point to be made concerning the contemporary lingua franca of youth today who, to this point in their lives, have never had the argument of the faith presented to them in a form will listen to. Rap might just be the right tool to use today in the cause of the New Evangelization. The form and cadence of rap shares' much in common with other art forms that comprise the zeitgeist of today's culture, forms such as modern slam poetry. They share in common a lexicon and form popular among millennials and their children. Using it in making the argument for the faith, Christ, and his Church doesn't seem like such a bad idea if used wisely and with the express consent of at least any local Church superior.

Like I said... it's hard not to see some merit on both sides of this story.








Catholic priest suspended for rapping in church

Victims' advocates: Abuse not just a 'Catholic problem'

Victims' advocates: Abuse not just a 'Catholic problem' - Philly

Leader of Asia's largest Catholic country calls God a 'stupid son of a b----'

Leader of Asia's largest Catholic country calls God a 'stupid son of a b----'

#MeToo Comes for the Archbishop - An excellent piece from Ross Douthat of The New York Times

Opinion | #MeToo Comes for the Archbishop - The New York Times

16 June, 2018

Catholic Bishops, Franklin Graham, Denounce Separation of Illegal Immigrant Families

Catholic Bishops, Franklin Graham, Denounce Separation of Illegal Immigrant Families

Catholic leaders 'willing to go to jail' to uphold seal of confession and not report child sex abuse

Catholic leaders 'willing to go to jail' to uphold seal of confession and not report child sex abuse - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Wish dad Tom describes how a wish affects the entire family





Parishioners of St. Alphonsus Parish in Chapeau (one of the three parishes I serve as pastor), this family has lived under the cloud of their daughter Aspyn's cancer diagnosis for more than nine months. During that entire time, they have lived in Ottawa at Ronald McDonald House to stay at her side. Tom, Aspyn's father explains in this short video the gift that the Children's Wish List brings to children like her. Please take a moment to watch it, and if the Spirit so moves you as it did me, why not make a donation to this wonderful cause. Children like Aspyn the world over deserve it.

QUIZ: Can you identify these sacramentals?

QUIZ: Can you identify these sacramentals? --Aleteia

UK Church puts spotlight on human trafficking to mark Day for Life

UK Church puts spotlight on human trafficking to mark Day for Life

SDG Reviews ‘Incredibles 2’

SDG Reviews ‘Incredibles 2’

15 June, 2018

'We won't break the seal of confession': acting Adelaide Catholic head

'We won't break the seal of confession': acting Adelaide Catholic head

Catholic leader calls separating mothers and children at border ‘immoral’

Catholic leader calls separating mothers and children at border ‘immoral’ | WPMT FOX43

LGBT rights vs. religious freedom: top court ruling on Trinity Western case today

LGBT rights vs. religious freedom: top court ruling on Trinity Western case today | CBC News

Archaeological evidence of Pontius Pilate and his station corroborates Gospel

Archaeological evidence of Pontius Pilate and his station corroborates Gospel

Love of science can be a “foretaste” of divine love, says Pope Francis

Love of science can be a “foretaste” of divine love, says Pope Francis

Personalism: The Philosophy We Need - from David Brooks of The New York Times

Opinion | Personalism: The Philosophy We Need - The New York Times

09 June, 2018

The #MeToo Moment: Second thoughts on the Sexual Revolution

The #MeToo Moment: Second thoughts on the Sexual Revolution

Restriction on summer jobs funding not the first time religious rights in Canada have been trampled on

Restriction on summer jobs funding not the first time religious rights in Canada have been trampled on | National Post

Atheists and Their Beliefs

Atheists and Their Beliefs | K. E. Colombini | First Things

Justice Clarence Thomas, The Rosary, and His First Homily as Priest

The rosary story begins at 19:22 of the video.



Justice Clarence Thomas, The Rosary, and His First Homily as Priest - All Roads Lead to Rome

Catholics Don't Hate Science (And Six Other Myths About the Church)

Catholics Don't Hate Science (And Six Other Myths About the Church)

The suicide epidemic and a message for a hopeless world

The suicide epidemic and a message for a hopeless world

Pope Francis ready to minister in outer space!

Pope Francis ready to minister in outer space!