The beauty of imperfect families

Feast of Holy Family | Col 3:12-21; Luke 2:41-52 A quick search on youtube or google shows that there are a number of people who attempt to drive a car around the world (or a good part of the way!). A common factor among these adventurers is the terrible shape that...

Christmas – a Lifeline and a Love Letter

If you have elderly parents, or are elderly yourself, you’re probably familiar with the alarms worn around the neck or on a bracelet. Someone living alone can summon help at the push of a button. (I hasten to add that I have no personal experience with this,...

Christmas makes us one family

Christmas Mass during the Day | John 1:1-18 Say what you will about Andrew Lloyd Webber’s song “Jesus Christ Superstar”, but the refrain of this song poses very important questions to Jesus that are well worth considering on Christmas: “who are you? What have you...

Christmas turned things upside down

Christmas Mass During the Night | Luke 2:1-14 When Jesus entered the world, he turned it upside down. Things on the top were brought to the bottom and things on the bottom were brought to the top. The Gospel that we heard from Luke (Lk 2:1-16) shows how Jesus has...

Farewell to Future Generations

It is oft good – if still disheartening – to read of one’s deepest fears realized, for it signifies that one’s thoughts are tending in the right direction, even if those same thoughts lead to a dark place. It is thus that I, with some...

Canisius the Indefatigable

Saint Peter Canisius’ life (1521-1597) spans the century of what history inaccurately calls the Protestant ‘reformation’, while describing our saint as one of the foremost champions of what is unfortunately called the Catholic...

The Salvific Message of Christmas

As we draw close to Christmas, waiting in these days of darkness, it is profitable to reflect on the purpose of the Incarnation. An anecdote I heard once has it that someone spray-painted on a highway rock-face, Jesus saves!, below which someone attempting humour...