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Easter, Christ is Risen

At Easter we remember the most beautiful and greatest liberation ever offered to humanity: God raising Jesus his Son from the dead.

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

On the occasion of the World Day of the Sick, Pope Francis, in his message, writes: “The theme chosen for this day, ‘Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful‘ (Lk 6:36), directs our gaze first of all to God, ‘rich in mercy’ (Eph 2:4), who always looks upon his children with a father’s love, even when they stray from him. In fact, mercy is, the name of God, which expresses his nature, not in the manner of an occasional feeling, but as a force present in all that he accomplishes. He is both strength and tenderness. The theme of this day presents us with a comforting image of God, a God full of mercy, tenderness and forgiveness.

Entering Lent, following Christ and becoming witnesses of hope

Ash Wednesday is that period of the liturgical year when we undertake, with the meaningful rite of the imposition of Ashes, a renewed experience of Christ’s merciful love. Saint Brother André used to say: “The love that our Lord had in his passion brings to light the love of the good Lord for us. “Let us learn from him, to become bearers of hope and to learn how to “give back” his love to our neighbor, especially to those who suffer and are in difficulty. This is the mission of every disciple of Christ. But in order to fulfill this mission it is necessary to convert, as the evangelist Mark’s exhortation, addressed to us upon receiving the ashes, invites us to do: Convert and Believe in the Gospel.

Reflection on HOPE

Feast of Father Basil Moreau, CSC, Founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross

One thing I learned many years ago, was that to be a person who lives HOPE in life, it is likely that one has had to live through difficult times. Also, it is likely that one who sees possibilities of HOPE in the challenges faced in life, has been shaped by many challenges, setbacks or failures – yet, has come through it to be a witness of hope to others. Even with such difficulties that one must face, it is possible to face them not with just a naïve optimism, but real HOPE!

At Christmas : Discover Joseph to better know Jesus

A newborn baby is always a source of wonder to family and friends. A new life is full of mystery, full of future, full of hope too. Everyone has their say in what that child will be like. And as the child grows, as his or her personality takes shape, the child will be referred to as “like father, like son” if it is a boy. In Jesus’ day, when talking about him, people used to say, “Isn’t he the son of Joseph the carpenter? »

Commitment to the Mission in the Style of Blessed Basile Moreau

By Claude Grou, c.s.c.

Member of the Pastoral Team of Saint Joseph's Oratory

September 15, 2020 Feasts and Celebrations

When he founded the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1837, Father Basile Moreau opened the door to a wide range of missionary engagements. ln 1840, he responded to the requests of an Algerian bishop; the next year, he established a new team to support the work of the Church in the American Midwest. Six years later, in 1847, he accepted the invitation of the Bishop of Montréal, and sent a group of Sisters, Brothers and Priests to Quebec. ln 1850, he agreed to send a team to Rome to care for orphans. Finally, in 1852, he acquiesced to a request made by the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, and took on the difficult Bengal mission.

The Feast of the Sacred Heart

By Claude Grou, c.s.c.

Member of the Pastoral Team of Saint Joseph's Oratory

June 19, 2020 Faith, Feasts and Celebrations, Spirituality

On this third Friday of June, we celebrate the Sacred Heart. What exactly are we celebrating?

Discovering Our Inner Strength

One day, Jesus led the apostles up a high mountain and he was transfigured in their presence. A voice was heard, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” The apostles felt within them such strength that they eagerly descended the mountain, ready to follow Jesus, putting their trust in him in their everyday life. They had understood the import of “Listen to the Father’s beloved Son.”

A light pierces the darkness. A voice breaks the silence.

By Claude Grou, c.s.c.

Member of the Pastoral Team of Saint Joseph's Oratory

April 12, 2020 Feasts and Celebrations

Once the celebration of the passion and death of Christ is over on Good Friday, the liturgy seems to “hit the pause button.” The ensuing silence invites each to go inward. With the Blessed Mother, and Jesus’ disciples, we enter a time of mourning.

Living Resurrected

For some weeks now, the worldwide Covid-19 crisis has been on everybody’s lips. This pandemic is sowing fear, upending our daily routines and has struck down countless victims.

Despite the remarkable advances of science, human beings are confronted once more with their vulnerability. “Life is so fragile, so fragile,” Luc de La Rochelière sang.

Easter Vigil

By Claude Grou, c.s.c.

Member of the Pastoral Team of Saint Joseph's Oratory

April 11, 2020 Faith, Feasts and Celebrations

Once the celebration of the passion and death of Christ is over on Good Friday, the liturgy seems to “hit the pause button.” The ensuing silence invites each to go inward. With the Blessed Mother, and Jesus’ disciples, we enter a time of mourning.

Faithful to be just, in fact like Saint Joseph

By Claude Grou, c.s.c.

Member of the Pastoral Team of Saint Joseph's Oratory

March 18, 2020 Feasts and Celebrations, Pilgrimages and Devotions, Saint Joseph

Discover the inspirational reflection that is offered to you on this 9th day of the Novena to Saint Joseph.