Grandparenting as a mystical experience

Grandparenting as a mystical experience There were birds in the air but I never heard them singing…   The  first time I held my granddaughter Taryn I knew I had never felt as I did in that moment.   I knew I had never had that feeling holding my own four children. Hoping I had been and was still not a particularly bad parent  but never having experienced that same feeling as I was having holding my granddaughter Taryn.   Then I looked at Siobhan and Trevor and realized that, as a parent of a young child, I had been as tired as they were now.   It was not about being able to enjoy...
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21st Century or 12th Century? Vatican II or Vatican I? Gaudium et Spes or Benedict’s “church of the little flock’?

In 2011 the Episcopal Commission for Doctrine of the CCCB published two pastoral letters (to young people on chastity and to young people with same-sex attraction), or to be more correct, two parts of the same pastoral letter. The source and intent of both letters is the same and can be found in the two parts of Pope Benedict’s book on Jesus, his exhortation Verbum Domini, and in the ”Verbum Domini” conference at Regis College, Toronto and especially the address by Archbishop Terry Prendergast SJ and the constant presence of Fr. Tom Rosica CSB. And that intent is to proclaim that Critical Scriptural...
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The Eucharistic liturgy as teacher.

  The actions are so powerful I can hardly hear the words.   This blog came out of a lunch by the water in Toronto with two friends. A comment was made about the liturgy being the first teacher. What follows are some of the ruminations of my drive back to St. Catharines.    Too often in Catholic circles and particularly in Catholic ecclesiastical circles teaching tends to be thought of as didactic. The teacher, and that is often the male, celibate priest tells and the other(s) listen and take in. And that is generally followed by a QED or !   The liturgy is a great teacher and I...
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Children Praying A New Story: A Resource for Parents, Grandparents and Teachers by Michael Morwood Reviewed by John Quinn

John Quinn organized and facilitated childrens liturgy programmes in two parishes for close to twenty years   A great Christmas gift.   In the introduction the author sets out parameters within which his book exists. They include: The twentieth century brought radical change to our understanding of the universe and our place in it. This understanding of the universe and our place in it is taken for granted by children today. Our Scriptures and Christian doctrine are not shaped in the “new universe story” world-view. Children know the first human beings did not emerge into a state...
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A little bit of history

      The White Fathers are an important part of who I am. I did philosophy in Ireland 1961-63, Novitiate in England in 1963-64 and came to Canada (Eastview, Ottawa) for Theology in 1964. Although his language betrays the prejudices of a European male of the 19th century look at Cardinal Lavigerie’s proposal. John Quinn      PROPOSAL MADE BY CARDINAL LAVIGERIE TO POPE LEO XIII IN 1890 Taken from the White fathers’ international website, with kind permission: http://www.africamission-mafr.org/pretres_maries.htm ” . . . a letter which Cardinal Lavigerie wrote...
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