Young home-schooled friends of ours act in and narrate this uplifting 18-minute video of The Life Of St. Andre Bessette of Montreal, showing miraculous healings and the saint's devotion to St Joseph. Utterly charming!
Before midday Mass in the cathedral I bumped into pro-life walkers from Crossroads, whom I'd met a week earlier, much closer to home, at a fundraising dance for Toronto Right-to-Life. These young people have been walking from Vancouver to Ottawa since May to raise awareness of the right to life of human persons from the moment of conception.
And while I was waiting for Fr Tom, I struck up a conversation with someone who turned out to be a friend of the Toronto Oratory from its Montreal era. Small world.
I could get used to being on vacation. I sure hope I do, in fact--it's been too long since I had an extended break. This week I'll sing my little heart out at music camp in the Laurentians and hopefully face no decision more difficult than what to eat for breakfast.
And I'll have no Internet access for a week--hurray, cold turkey'll do me good! See you soon enough.
Beyond this, though, I see a sad trend among some Catholics whose love
and defense of Faith seems to make them myopic when it comes to Hope.
The result is that they try harder and harder to defend the faith to
the point of getting frustrated and wondering if it's all worth if,
wondering where it's all going — in other words, losing hope. And when
Hope is lost, Charity is not far behind. It is possible to have faith
and still be on the road to perdition.
As a new Catholic I can't help but be struck when elements of Catholicism have gotten chucked out by the culture at large and then brought in again by the back door. The confessional is largely gone, and in its place we have a huge therapy industry (Foucault was way wrong about a whole lot of things, but in identifying Freudian analysis as a substitute for the confessional he was definitely on to something). Now I read that (unconsecrated!) communion-style wafers are being sold in Quebec as a salt-free, fat-free snack food. In Canada's most secularized province, it's said, the wafers appeal to people's nostalgia.