On this fifth Sunday of Easter, we are presented with this beautiful image of the vine and the branches, from the 15th chapter of St. John’s Gospel. Reading it over several times, I was struck especially by the word “abide”, which appears eight times in these eight verses, and the phrase “bear fruit”, which recurs four times. What might these phrases/thoughts mean to us, here and now? Where and how are we being called to “abide”, to connect, to find our home? And what is the fruit that we are being called to bear – as individuals, as parish communities, as global community?
Have you ever had an experience in your life so wonderful, you didn’t want it to ever end? Often, they are very short-lived experiences – a beautiful sunset, the feeling of connection with a friend, the ecstasy of falling in love, an exceptionally fine glass of wine, a beautiful dream from which
One of the more hopeful signs of this time of pandemic, with the reduction of social interaction for many people, has been an openness of exploring their inner life, their spiritual dimension. This week, Jesuit author Fr.
This coming Friday, I have been invited to give a keynote address at the annual (virtual this year!) gathering of the Canadian Catholic Students’ Association. As a former campus minister – and of course, university student – it is a community that is close to my heart. Their theme this year, in
Today, the Christmas season comes to a close with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. It is a feast of relatively recent origin. We are used to the dynamic of the four weeks of Advent leading into the so-called “twelve days of Christmas”, stretching from December 25th to the Solemn
Christmas, the story goes, is a time for family. And even where the religious significance of Christmas has been forgotten or is marginalized, it remains the central family feast of the year. It is a time not only to give gifts, but for families to come together, to put aside differences, to ta
Although Fr John and I were priests of different generations – he was ordained in 1966, I in 1991 – one thing we had in common was an experience of profound joy, when in March 2013, we witnessed the election of the first Pope from the global South: Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, now universally known as Pope Francis. In his recent encyclical letter on fraternity and social friendship, Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis proclaims:
At a recent diocesan catechetical conference, I was talking with two of the speakers, Mike and Louise. Mike was reading a book called “Multiple Intelligences”. Apparently, just as there is “intellectual” intelligence to help you understand concepts, there is also “emotional” intelligence, “spir