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Fr. Raymond De Souza

Big Bang points to creation's beauty

Fr. Raymond de Souza

March 31, 2014

The Big Bang has captured the scientific and popular mind as the spectacular beginning of the entire universe. There is even an eponymous sitcom which, to judge from what is available on airplanes, might just be the most popular television program ever made. The Big Bang. At one moment there was nothing and then the next moment – bang! – it was there, an explosive mix of all that would become, slowly but inexorably, all that is.

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Nativity scenes with a global perspective opens a child's heart

Fr. Raymond de Souza

December 9, 2013

Kingston, Ont., Catholic Tony Vella had an effective evangelizing idea. How to remind local schoolchildren about the birth of Jesus amidst the commercial clutter of the season? Vella thought that the best way to remind children about Jesus was to show them, well, Jesus.

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Catholics love and celebrate their precious priests

Fr. Raymond de Souza

November 25, 2013

One of the lovelier aspects of Catholic culture is the love Catholics have for their priests. Most priests have many stories of how complete strangers have shown special warmth and affection upon seeing the Roman collar. As for one's own portion of the flock, parish priests and chaplains know how eager Catholics are to love their priests.

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Is evangelization a matter of numbers or hearing footsteps?

Fr. Raymond de Souza

June 17, 2013

A year ago I visited the Diocese of Whitehorse, heading north to the Yukon for the first time. Last week, the bishop of Whitehorse – which comprises all of the Yukon and a little of northern British Columbia – returned the visit as it were, preaching the priests' retreat for the Archdiocese of Kingston, here in the Thousand Islands.

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Priest's sins were whitewashed in the name of mercy

Fr. Raymond de Souza

May 27, 2013

It was just a year ago that the latest media priest crashed and burned. Father Thomas Williams, a priest of the Legionaries of Christ and a well-known writer and television commentator, acknowledged in May 2012 that he had fathered a son many years ago. He took a leave of his public ministry.

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May Ebert find answers in heaven, even if he still prefers questions

Fr. Raymond de Souza

April 22, 2013

He spent a life chronicling show business, so why not a show at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago for the funeral of Roger Ebert?

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Benedict's resignation will change the papacy forever

Fr. Raymond de Souza

March 4, 2013

Pope Benedict's renunciation of the See of Peter has occasioned much commentary about how rare a papal resignation is. Many have said that it has been 600 years or 700 years, depending on how one counts.

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Pope takes the less traveled road, the one called courage

Fr. Raymond de Souza

February 18, 2013

Perhaps the greatest mind to sit on the throne of Peter has judged his body no longer capable of doing so. Pope Benedict XVI will resign as successor of Peter on Feb. 28.

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The Church's gift of beauty enhances our dreary common life

Fr. Raymond de Souza

February 11, 2013

One of my favourite insights from Joseph Ratzinger's long life in theology is that the Church does not convincingly propose the faith by the work of theology alone. Before his election as pope he wrote that the in the end the Church only has two compelling "arguments" for her faith being true.

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Star-studded names escape the abortionist

Fr. Raymond de Souza

February 4, 2013

Two important anniversaries. Two famous lives.

Twenty five years ago, on Jan. 28, 1988, the Supreme Court handed down the Morgentaler decision, ruling that Canada's then rather permissive abortion law was unconstitutional.

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