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Five ways of living Laudato Si’ during the pandemic

May 20, 2020
by 
Luke Stocking

On the fifth anniversary of the landmark encyclical, Development and Peace’s deputy director of animation for Atlantic and Central Canada offers everyday ideas for living its precepts.

“I was physically, intellectually and spiritually nourished….”

April 24, 2020
by 
Emily Pittman, Catholic Schools Program Officer

The COVID-19 lockdown meant that our annual THINKfast had to become a “link fast,” with people of all age groups connecting for online fasting, fundraising and fun.

Maritime musings on Easter

April 9, 2020
by 
Adah Ogbe, animator for the Maritimes
St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica, Halifax, N.S.

The diocesan councils of Nova Scotia, anglophone New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island share their reflections on the paschal feast and what it impels Christians to do.

Lenten Weekly Reflection for April 5, Sixth Sunday of Lent

March 30, 2020
by 
Jeremy Laurie, Animator for British Columbia and Yukon
Mura, Amazon, Brazil. Photo by Thomas Bauer/Development and Peace – Caritas Canada
Gospel: Matthew 26:14—27:66 or 27:11-54

Palm Sunday: The Joy of the Gospel at the heart of our faith

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A prayer for compassion amid the coronavirus crisis

March 25, 2020

Inspired by Pope Francis’s prayer, Development and Peace offers one of its own for us to understand the COVID-19 situation from a global perspective.

Lenten Weekly Reflection for March 29, Fifth Sunday of Lent

March 23, 2020
by 
Luke Stocking, Deputy Director of Public Engagement, Ontario and Atlantic Regions
Girl in the Amazon. Photo: Caritas Internationalis

Solidarity Sunday

Gospel: John 11:1-45

The quiet tears and divine power of Jesus

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Lenten Weekly Reflection for March 22, Fourth Sunday of Lent

March 16, 2020
by 
Minaz Kerawala, Communications and Public Relations Advisor
Ederson, seringueiro, Brazil. Photo: Thomas Bauer/Development and Peace – Caritas Canada
Gospel: John 9:1-41

“Blindness” and the seringueiros of Machadinho d’Oeste, Brazil

Sight is one of the Creator’s greatest gifts. While we apprehend the world through physical sight, we need spiritual sight to truly comprehend it.

In restoring the blind man’s sight, Jesus refuses to deem his affliction a consequence of sin. From Jesus’s response to the Pharisees, we learn that the true sin is spiritual blindness.

There are none so blind as those will not see.

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Lenten Weekly Reflection for March 15, Third Sunday of Lent

March 9, 2020
by 
Françoise Lagacé, Member of the National Council
Francisco, Mura, Brazil. Photo: Thomas Bauer/Development and Peace – Caritas Canada
Gospel: John 4:5-42

Two thirsts meet

Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.(John 4:6)

Noon. Not the best time to fetch water; it's too hot. But it will be quick because the woman knows she never meets anyone at this hour. It's better this way. But, today, there is someone there; a man, a stranger….

There are stories in the Gospel of unexpected and unhoped-for encounters.

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Post-colonial lesson plans for our common home

March 4, 2020
by 
Louise Bitz

Development and Peace’s Catholic Schools Programs Officer recounts why and how she created lesson plans aimed at deepening relationships in our common home.