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From the category archives: Fr. Raymond De Souza

Fr. Raymond De Souza

Which team does God want to win the Super Bowl?

Fr. Raymond de Souza

February 6, 2012

Super Bowl Sunday marks the end of the football season, and a look back at the year that was. On the field it was the year of the quarterback, with Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford, Eli Manning and Aaron Rodgers all putting up eye-popping numbers.

Off the field, the chatter was about one quarterback, Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos. His improbable story was captivating enough, coming off the bench in mid-season to lead his team to a playoff victory, with one last-minute victory after another.

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New missal triggers great parish mission

Fr. Raymond de Souza

December 26, 2010

I am eagerly looked forward to Dec. 18, the fourth Sunday of Advent this year. Since I have been ordained a priest, I have offered the following Opening Prayer:

Lord,
Fill our hearts with your love,
and as you revealed to us by an angel
the coming of your son as man,
so lead us through his suffering and death
to the glory of his resurrection,
for he lives and reigns . . .

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Religious liberty threatened both by tyrants and in the lands of the free

Fr. Raymond de Souza

December 5, 2010

Last month the bishops of the United States gathered in Baltimore, their premier diocese, and protested the erosion of the founding liberties of the American republic. In their annual plenary meeting the bishops designated threats to religious liberty as a key pastoral concern.

The American bishops are right to be alarmed, but not only them. Religious liberty is under threat all over the world.

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An apology that was a real apology

Fr. Raymond de Souza

October 31, 2011

In Kingston and Wolfe Island, where I work and live, Don Cherry occupies a rather unique place. He grew up in Kingston, and has a summer cottage on Wolfe Island. Here, he is one of our own.

In a larger sense too, Cherry is considered by many across Canada to be just that - one of our own in a way that few are. For that reason, from time to time the whole nation erupts in a great Cherry controversy. The Globe and Mail employs a fulltime columnist apparently for that reason alone.

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John Paul II's monument — a free Poland

Fr. Raymond de Souza

September 5, 2010

The local Church here in Krakow, Poland, takes great pride in her saints and in the 20th century, no city produced more important ones. Father Maximilian Kolbe studied here and died at Auschwitz, part of the Archdiocese of Krakow. Sister Faustina Kowalska’s convent was here, and the Divine Mercy devotion began here.

The summer of 2011 has added Blessed John Paul II to the honour roll, and every single parish, shrine and souvenir stand is bedecked with images celebrating the Church’s newest saint, Krakow’s most noble son.

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Benedict knows God's will shapes his life

Fr. Raymond de Souza

July 11, 2011

The feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, June 29, is kept with suitable solemnity in Rome, with the pope offering Mass at St. Peter's on the patronal feast of his diocese.

Ten years ago, in 2001, Blessed John Paul asked Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to celebrate the Mass in his stead. It was the 50th anniversary of Ratzinger's priestly ordination, June 29, 1951, and the honour of offering the patronal Mass in the pope's presence was thought both a tribute to Ratzinger's long service, and, perhaps, a prelude to a farewell earnestly sought by Ratzinger himself.

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Canadians deserve a beautiful missal

Fr. Raymond de Souza

June 6, 2011

Canadian parishes will begin preparing soon for the new translation of the Mass, to be implemented in Advent 2011. Yet one decision needs to be made sooner; parishes must order their copies of the new Roman Missal (the book of prayers for Mass used at the altar).

The missal must be beautiful. Anything that is not beautiful should never be on the altar. Our supreme worship of the Lord requires beauty.

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Friday's fish and chips say we are Catholic

Fr. Raymond de Souza

May 30, 2011

Fish 'n chips, anyone? It's either that or, given the preponderance of Indian takeout in England today, vegetable samosas and prawn curry for Catholics on Friday come this fall.

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God’s shepherds obeyed his will

Fr. Raymond de Souza

May 9, 2011

In his inaugural homily in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Benedict concluded, “At this point, my mind goes back to Oct. 22, 1978, when Pope John Paul II began his ministry here in St. Peter’s Square. His words on that occasion constantly echo in my ears: ‘Do not be afraid! Open wide the doors to Christ!’”

Indeed, the whole Church will look back to Oct. 22, 1978 — that’s the new feast day for Blessed John Paul. For the feast day’s Office of Readings in the breviary, an excerpt from the day’s “Be not afraid” homily has been chosen.

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Words of consecration will change to provide a truer translation

Fr. Raymond de Souza

April 25, 2011

Many Catholics are reading the pope's most recent book, Jesus of Nazareth, Holy Week, as spiritual reading this Holy Week. Does many mean all?

Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI sheds light on a matter that English-speaking Catholics will encounter later this year. The new translation of the Roman Missal, which will take effect in Advent 2011, changes the words of institution, the words the priests says to consecrate the bread and wine, transubstantiating them into the Body and Blood of Christ. Holy Week is a good time to examine that.

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