Mar
19
2017

The Question of Why: The Third Sunday of Lent

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Seasons

"Lent is a period when this question of WHY should naturally lead to a deepening of our faith. Perhaps the apex of that faith is today's famous verse from Paul's Letter to the Romans: "God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit." "

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Mar
12
2017

“Go from your country”: The Second Sunday of Lent

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Seasons

Our Lenten reflections continue with today's steps that take us further along the path.

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Mar
5
2017

Your Eyes Will be Opened: The First Sunday in Lent

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Seasons

"Wilderness. Stones. Mountains. The dust of the ground. Serpents and wild animals. . . These are rich images for us to ponder as we enter into our annual Lenten journey. They are relevant images for the mysteries of life."

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Sep
12
2016

The Experience of an Internet Fast

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Daily Lives

Christina Crook's 2015 book, "The Joy of Missing Out - Finding Balance in a Wired World" is rooted in her own Internet fast and she advocates such a thing for others.

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Sep
5
2016

Goodbye to Another Summer

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Seasons

"Labour Day means that another summer is coming to an end. It's always good for us to take stock of where we find ourselves in early September. There is the danger of criticizing ourselves or of reducing the "taking stock" to what has been accomplished or achieved? Or, worse, what has not been achieved!"

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Sep
1
2016

Freezing At The Edge of a Crosswalk

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Spirituality

"My eyes have been opened this summer to see the many people who rely on canes, walkers, wheel chairs, other assistive devices and the kindness of people. A mild slope in our driveway terrifies me! Stepping off the sidewalk can fill me with dread."

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Aug
1
2016

The Universal Language

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Spirituality

The universal prayer intention entrusted by Pope Francis to the worldwide Apostleship of Prayer for August is focused on sports: "That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world."

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Jul
31
2016

Ignatius and The Magis

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Seasons

"My experience of listening to busy people in our culture has shown me that one of the most helpful elements of discernment Ignatius offers is found in the Latin word magis. People live very demanding, full and busy lives. We have many expectations and desires. But we can't do it all. We need to make wise and discerning choices about how we spend our limited time and energy. "

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Jul
4
2016

Truth, Reconciliation and Hope

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Spirituality

"Pope Francis entrusts to the Apostleship of Prayer an intention for July that addresses an issue increasingly familiar to Canadians: "That indigenous peoples, whose identity and very existence are threatened, will be shown due respect." Last year's culmination of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission brought the situation of our indigenous peoples to a significant spot on the national agenda."

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Jun
22
2016

National Aboriginal Day - June 20, 2016

Posted by Philip Shano, SJ in Our Daily Lives

On this National Aboriginal Day, Philip Shano, SJ reflects on various initiatives the Jesuits in English Canada have in place in support of the First Nations.

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