Opinion and meditation. Essays are written by priests, religious, lay people, anyone with some insight and inspiration to offer. Please use the table of contents below or browse through the list farther down to find something interesting.

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Pope John Paul II and The Church

† Message To Children For Christmas and Epiphany
On John Paul II's Apostolic Visit To Toronto, To Ciudad De Guatemala And To Ciudad De Mexico, On The Occasion of the 17th World Youth Day, Solemn Mass Homily of the Holy Father John Paul II, Toronto, Downsview Park, Sunday July 28, 2002
† The Pope and the Church by Archbishop Marcel Gervais.

Father Thomas Wells

† The Pope's Recent Apologies
† Baptism and Community
† The Only Gospel Some May See

Father Bob Papi

A Father's Letters Of Love To His Priest Sons
†Do Not Be Afraid; A Priestly Response to Tues, 11 Sept, 2001
† The Icon of the Person
† What God Wants
† Spiritual Warfare in the Third Millenium
† Sacred Splendor: the Prophetic Vocation of the Christian Family
† Listen!
† Parents; Anointed as Teachers
† Some Reflections for Parents

Catherine Fournier

† Community
† Conscience
† Culture
† Decorum
† Family
† Fatherhood
† Justice and Revenge
† The Mother Tongue of Love
† Patriarchy
† Parental Authority
† Perfect?
† Respect
† Suffering
† Tolerance
† Treasure
† Trust


† Babies, Blessings and Chocolates
† From Where I Stand by Sarah Rooney.
† A Mother's Mirror by the Archconfraternity of Christian Mothers
† The Adoration of the Kings by Francis Fernandez.
† How to Become a Lapsed Catholic Quickly and Easily by Father Hal Stocker
† If I Could Change The World by Megan Polak.
† RTFM, a response to the Pro-Choice World

Doug McManaman

† A Response to John Irving on Abortion
† Love Can Only be Channeled Through Virtue
† The Mystery of Divine Anger
† Angels and Whales


† The Night Before Christmas by Sister St. Thomas, B.N.D. de N
† If Jesus Came to Your House by Lois Blanchard Eades.
† Adams by John Light
† Ave Maria by Rhynnah S. Bayne

Catherine Doherty

† Hospitality of the Heart
† Prayer: The Cry of a Child
† Donkey Bells
† Spirituality of Pilgrimage
† Lenten Fasting
† Tips For Parents
† The Duty of the Moment
† Mary: An Ordinary Woman
† Christ in Our Midst

Advent and Christmas

  • Hospitality of the Heart by Catherine Doherty
    On the eve of the holiday season, it's good to remember what hospitality really is and reflects...
  • Prayer: The Cry of a Child by Catherine Doherty.
    A meditation on the mystery of Advent and the Incarnation.
  • The Icon of the Person by Father Bob Papi.
    The naming of a child involves more than choosing something that 'sounds nice.'
  • Donkey Bells by Catherine Doherty.
    A meditation on Christmas.
  • Babies, Blessings and Chocolates by Shelley Lembke.
    Shelley writes about the great gift of children to marriage, and the many inconsistencies in our society's attitudes towards pregnancy, pre-born children and children in the family.

Advent and Christmas Inspired Poetry


Lent and Easter

  • A Father's Letters Of Love To His Priest Sons by Father Bob Papi.
    From his first Holy Thursday as pope, Pope John Paul has written a letter to his brother priests who are first of all his priest sons. In each letter he has encouraged, instructed, challenged, comforted,always revealing his own profound love of the priesthood, his priestly joy, speaking from the very depths of a heart completely at the service of all.
  • The Pope's Recent Apologies by Monsignor Thomas Wells.
    The Holy Father shows us the way to forgiveness.
  • Baptism and Community by Monsignor Thomas Wells
    Why 'community' is important to Catholic worship. How our parish fulfills that role and need.
  • Lenten Fasting by Catherine Doherty.
  • If Jesus Came to Your House by Lois Blanchard Eades.
    What would you do?

Saint Joseph the Worker

Assumption and Queenship of Mary

  • The Only Gospel Some May See by Monsignor Thomas Wells
    The Gospel written and lived in our hearts is the clearest message of hope for the world.
  • Ave Maria by Rhynnah S. Bayne
    A poem recording a convert's meditation on the role of Mary
  • Mary: An Ordinary Woman by Catherine Doherty
    A meditation about what kind of woman Mary was.
  • A Woman Wrapped in Silence by Catherine Doherty.
    A meditation on Our Blessed Mother.
  • A Mother's Mirror by the Archconfraternity of Christian Mothers
    A self-examination for mothers. A little self- critical thinking is good for the soul.

Angels and Archangels


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