Entering into the season of Advent

November 29, 2020
Gertrude Rompré, National member from Saskatchewan

Advent is my favourite season. It’s a time that calls us to embrace the quiet, winter darkness and nurture the seed of new beginnings. We watch and wait for the Light of Christ to spring forth in our world, we prepare and repent of our sloppy selfishness, we choose to rejoice and sing amidst the chaos, and, finally, we welcome Christ ever more fully into our hearts. This act of welcome, in turn, allows us to reach out and serve our broken world. This rich liturgical season offers us hope in face of despair.

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An advent of hope: The story of Victoria Filibus

November 29, 2020
Minaz Kerawala, Communications and Public Relations Advisor

The first of our Advent stories is about how solidarity from a continent away restored hope to the life of one displaced but not defeated woman in Nigeria.

A stamping good story!

September 29, 2020
Stefany Dupont, Animator for the Greater Montreal region

Over the past five years, Jean-Claude Huriaux has sent 500,000 stamps to Development and Peace.

Five ways of living Laudato Si’ during the pandemic

May 20, 2020
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
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
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
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
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
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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