Archive for October, 2011

Novena to St. Jude

October 31st, 2011

Written By: David Gilbert

Today is the final day of my novena to St. Jude. The promise given to St. Jude for petitioning on my behalf to God is to make his name known and cause him to be invoked by others. And so here I am writing this blog post to you on St. Jude to publically thank him and make good on my promise.

St. Jude was one of the Twelve Apostles and is the Patron Saint for lost causes and desperate situations.

For the Novena say once a day for 9 days, especially beginning on 20 October and ending on 28 October, the eve of the Feast of St.Read more

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Jesus or Steve Jobs?

October 30th, 2011

Written By: Jennifer Cauchi

Everybody is looking for a hero—someone who has it all together and can offer us the way to happiness.  Since the death of computer “guru” and technological giant, Steve Jobs, commentaries abound on his life and the impact he had on the world.  What is the fascination?  As with all celebrities, it usually stems from our concept of success, whether it is fame, power, money, or even in some sick way, notoriety (i.e. negative attention).  If we are honest with ourselves, I think we will find that the reason we admire Steve Jobs so much is his commercial and financial success.  We may think, if only I do what he did, maybe I can be successful too.Read more

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Who do people say that the Son of Man is?

October 29th, 2011

Written By: Mark Gamez

Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”(Matthew 16:13). This makes me wonder: why did Jesus ask this question to His disciples? Why didn’t he just use his divine knowledge to answer this question? Moreover, if He is all knowing, why did He ask questions? Was it out of curiosity? Did he want to hear the gossips and rumors that have been going around about him? Is he trying to assess his success in his mission to the people? Why was it so important for him to know what the people thought of Him?Read more

No Comments, Jesus, Prayer, by Catholic Chapter House.

Fr. Barron on Faith

October 27th, 2011

Written By: Madeleine Gubbels

I recently had the privilege of hearing Fr Barron give a lecture on St Michael’s College Campus at the University of Toronto. Not only that, but (as I was eagerly telling all my friends) I got to exchange raised eyebrows with him as he entered the church, for I was surprised to see and recognize him and he was no doubt surprised to be greeted in such a peculiar fashion. Being something of a fan of what I’ve seen of his videos on YouTube, I was even more excited to be able to thank him personally after the lecture.Read more

1 Comment, Church Teaching, by Catholic Chapter House.

A Firm Purpose of Amendment

October 26th, 2011

Written By: Sarah Gould

Have you ever said those words, ‘I firmly resolve with the help of thy grace to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin’ and thought, “No way! I know that I can’t stop sinning, so why or how can I firmly resolve this?”

Maybe it’s just me, but I have thought this very thing many a time.  What does having a “firm purpose of amendment” really mean?  What does it even look like?  Are there practical applications that might help a person have a “firm purpose of amendment” or at least give a person pause before jumping right back into the old patterns of sin?   Up until a few weeks ago I wasn’t sure, but a few things have occurred to me since then.  You can have a firm purpose of amendment, though we are seriously flawed human beings – here are a few tips – not an exhaustive list by any means, but something to get you started.Read more

No Comments, Catholic Living, Confession, Sin, by Catholic Chapter House.

The Carillon-Sacré-Coeur and the Fall of French Canada

October 25th, 2011

Written By: David Gilbert

In 1903, a group of Jesuits and lay people in Quebec adopted Carillon-Sacré-Coeur as the national flag of French Canadians. Very quickly, other committees were set up throughout French Canada, from Quebec, Northern Ontario, to New Brunswick, to promote it. Nationalist circles were seeking to acquire a distinctive sign to replace the French tricolor (the flag of France) which was very popular among French-Canadians in the 19th century. The Carillon-Sacré-Coeur was a great success and is deployed in most major patriotic events throughout the first half of the 20th century, as elsewhere in Ontario.


In the center of the Carillon-Sacré-Coeur flag you can see the Sacred Heart wearing a crown of thorns, surmounted by a cross and surrounded by a garland of maple leaves.Read more

4 Comments, Catholic Events, Politics, by Catholic Chapter House.

Letting Go, Letting God

October 24th, 2011

Written By: Amber Miller

“But I say to you not to swear at all… [do not] swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.” –Matthew 5: 34-36

Every night as I lay in bed, I can’t help but think that I had just let another 16 hours slip carelessly away from me. It seemed like hardly any time had gone by since the previous night when I promised God that “tomorrow I will make better use of the day you give me.”

My heart is filled with remorse when I think of all the promises I made to God that I didn’t keep.Read more

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Love Thy Enemies

October 23rd, 2011

Written By: Mike McCann

It’s been all over the news: the death of Muammar Gaddafi, former Libyan dictator guilty of the murder of thousands of innocents under his regime. A disturbing video was released early Thursday morning showing the capture and apparent death of the besieged “king of kings,” as rebel forces converged on the city of Sirte where he and his remaining officers were in hiding. The video shows the beaten and bloody Gaddafi being dragged and shoved between groups of soldiers after his capture. It then shows him apparently being brutally beaten and finally shot by one of the soldiers.Read more

1 Comment, In the News, Penance, by Catholic Chapter House.

Fostering Vocations From the Start

October 22nd, 2011

Written By: Lawrence Lam

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”- Proverbs 22:6

This is the cutest future-priest photo you will find online. Have you been saying your rosary for vocations? Your prayers may have been directed to this little guy. This is my Godson, and obviously I’m a very proud Godfather.

When my Godson gets older, he will feel unencumbered from exploring his vocation. After seeing him try to play mass with his toys, his parents provided him with a makeshift mass playkit. He loves taking it upon himself to glorify God the best way his two year-old mind knows.Read more

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