Posts in the "Sharing our gifts" category

The call of baptism is not simply to journey inward, but also to journey outward, bringing the power of the Holy Spirit to a world in need of Good News. Articles in these categories seek to inspire people to live their baptism for others through the sharing of their gifts.

 

Euthanasia — Pro and Con

Bloc MP Francine Lalonde has introduced her third private member’s bill, C-384, to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide. This fall, federal deputies will talk about these medical acts to accept or refuse it. It is important for us to know more about Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide. Human Lifes are in danger. – Bill C-384 (pdf) [...]

The Church in Africa in service to reconciliation, justice and peace

“You are the salt of the earth… You are the light of the world” (Mt 5: 13, 14) In keeping with the desires of the episcopate of Africa, the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, officially convoked the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops, which is to take place in the Vatican [...]

2010 communications day invites priests to use digital media

For World Communications Day 2010, Pope Benedict XVI has chosen the theme “The priest and pastoral ministry in a digital world: New media at the service of the Word.” As the church celebrates the Year for Priests, the pope also wanted to invite the world’s priests to consider ways they could use digital media in [...]

Umbert

After Dilbert the most valuable office employee, there is Umbert, the unborn. As his website says, “the world’s most loveable baby hasn’t yet been born” The Unborn Child Finally Has a Voice of His Own! Meet Umbert the Unborn, the pre-natal comic strip character that is winning the hearts and minds of people throughout the [...]

Resources on stewardship

Exactly one week ago today I had a chance to give a conference presentation on stewardship. The conference was held here in Montreal, and 300 people attended. It was the first conference of its kind. So as to not lose the momentum, a special static page has been created here on Adventus.org. You can access [...]

A Time of Humility and Pastoral Charity even for the Pope.

In these last months since Jan 21, the Church, and particularly the Pope, have gone through a tough time. The lifting of the excommunication on the four Bishops of the Society of St Pius X, caused great uproar in Church circles as well as in relations with the Jewish people. Mistakes were admittedly made from [...]

Parish and fabrique: an introduction

One of the ways that the province of Quebec is rather unique in the world is that its civil law includes a special statute on the governance of Roman Catholic parishes. It is a throwback to the old French colonial regime, when the king of France had a special responsibility for the protection and promotion [...]

Letter to my friends, especially those in the USA, about the financial crisis

Dear Adventus reader, I could not help but notice that many of you feel somewhat befuddled by the financial crisis that is going on. You are not alone, of course. Reading other internet blogs, for example, I can sense the rising tide of confusion and anger. As for myself, before I went into the priesthood [...]

A need for Repentance and the Gift of Forgiveness

Recently, I discovered a clip from the television show, E.R. It showed a man facing the end of life with the burden of a perceived sin causing him great anxiety. He shares his distress with a so called spiritual councilor who cannot respond to his need for absolution, He states at one point “I need [...]

Peggy Noonan captures JP2 and B16

Here is a quick line from an article by Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal, an article definitely worth the read: Oh, you miss that old man when you are here! You feel the presence of his absence. The souvenir shops know. They sell framed pictures and ceramic plates of the pope: John Paul. [...]