Limits on the Unvaccinated

Canada’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Williams, has declared that those who refuse the proposed vaccine against Covid-19 will face ‘certain restrictions’, left sort of ominously vague, for now:

https://torontosun.com/news/provincial/limits-may-be-placed-on-unvaccinated-ontarians-dr-david-williams

Is the mask a propaedeutic for the rushed-into-service vaccine? One wonders about inoculating an entire population – or nearly so – for a disease that may be only slightly more serious than the seasonal flu, and vastly less serious for most. Initial reports indicate that the side effects of the vaccine may be serious indeed.

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God wants to meet you at the point of your greatest fear…

A few years ago, I attended a Mass at which the homilist was a newly ordained young Jesuit. The homily was his first sermon, and I assume that the Lord gives a profound anointing to a priest’s first sermon. I never learned the priest’s name, or spoke a word to him, but the sermon he preached on that occasion has affected me every day since.

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“The Fire Next Time” — God will restore all things in Christ!…

The second reading for Sunday Mass speaks to us of “the fire next time” and reminds us of the need to be ready for the coming of the Lord. In this homily I will focus on that reading, in which St. Peter reminds us of the passing that will come for us all one day. Because Advent is a time to prepare, through prayer and repentance, we do well to heed this sacred teaching and warning. It is echoed by St. John the Baptist, of whom the Gospel today says

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Midnight Mass kerfuffle offers vintage ‘only in Italy’ moment…

Although nobody really has paper filing cabinets anymore, we all carry around their virtual equivalents in our heads. Mine contains a gigantic folder, literally groaning with material, which I call my “only in Italy” file. Over the course of twenty-plus years of visiting and living here, I’m often amused by the foibles and idiosyncrasies of Italian life…

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The bittersweet reason Boston receives a Christmas tree from Nova Scotia every year…

On December 6, 1917, as local children busily prepared for Christmas and the city’s people went about their day, two ships collided in the Halifax harbor in Nova Scotia, Canada. At first, people were unaware of the danger that was about to come. However, as the Canadian Forces shared on their Twitter account…

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These mysterious bronze objects from Ancient Rome have baffled archeologists for centuries…

One August day in 1987, Brian Campbell was refilling the hole left by a tree stump in his yard in Romford, East London, when his shovel struck something metal. He leaned down and pulled the object from the soil, wondering at its strange shape. The object was small, smaller than a tennis ball, and caked with heavy clay…

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Pope’s Sunday Angelus: ‘Conversion means suffering for your sins, desiring to be free of them, excluding them from your life forever’…

“Changing direction … and therefore also changing one’s way of thinking” is the meaning of the word conversion, which John the Baptist indicated to his contemporaries and which is “a journey of faith similar to that which ‘Advent proposes to us ”. Thus Pope Francis introduced his reflections on today’s Gospel…

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