You are my beloved child: in you I am well pleased
Fr. Raymond LafontaineMarch 5, 2017
Lent begins – as it does each year – with the familiar story of the temptations of Jesus. It’s a story we’ve heard many times before. We know how it ends. How can we allow these words of Jesus to challenge us, to speak to us in the circumstances and challenges of our daily lives? As we embark
Good morning. There is a wonderful theme running through our readings this morning which can be summed up in the phrase, “light in the darkness”. Light is one of God’s creations which defines the universe and defines us.
While reflecting on the Scriptures for this weekend's homily, I realized that we are coming to the end of the week of prayer for Christian unity, and the beginning of the week of prayer for vocations. And something came back to me from a retreat I attended many years ago.
Installation of Fr. Michael Leclerc as Pastor of St. Ignatius of Loyola
Fr. Raymond LafontaineJanuary 22, 2017
Every year, between January 18 and January 25, Christians around the world celebrate a week of prayer for the unity of all Christians: to reflect on scripture together, to participate in ecumenical services, and to share fellowship. In commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Pro
Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Epiphany. Often called “Little Christmas,” Epiphany is in fact no less important: for if Christmas focuses primarily on the birth of Jesus, the visit of the shepherds, the revelation of Jesus as Israel’s long-awaited Messiah, then Epiphany celebrates the
There was once a teacher who assigned an art project to her kindergarten class. Walking past their desks, she saw one little girl working with great intensity and focus. So the teacher asked her: “What are you drawing, dear?” “I’m drawing God!” the little girl answered. The teacher said,
Today we celebrate the feast of Lord Jesus Christ King of the Universe , formerly called the Feast of Christ the King. What do we learn from our readings today? What’s the ‘pearl’, the ‘take-home’ message we can apply to our lives? How do we respond to a celebration of Christ’s kingship?
Today's Gospel presents us with a conflict between Jesus and a small but influential sect within first-century Judaism: the Sadducees. In a bizarre attempt to trick Jesus, they spin a story which we might call “One Bride for Seven Brothers.” (The similarly-titled Hollywood musical, 7 brides for 7 brothers, is a lot more fun, with fantastic dancing!) But for the Sadducees, this is no laughing matter. Their whole convoluted story is a legalistic attempt to trick Jesus, to ridicule his belief in the Resurrection.