On the anniversary the Virgin Mary Appeared to a Jewish Atheist who became a Catholic priest

Today marks the anniversary of the fascinating conversion of Alphonse Ratisbonne that occurred on Thursday, January 20, 1842. I have been learning his story gradually, throughout my travels to Rome and Jerusalem. Continue reading “On the anniversary the Virgin Mary Appeared to a Jewish Atheist who became a Catholic priest”

Newman: “The Jewish Church and the Christian Church are one”

This evening I read for my first time John Henry Newman’s Sermon 15 on “The Principle of Continuity between the Jewish and Christian Churches.”  Continue reading “Newman: “The Jewish Church and the Christian Church are one””

Book Review: A Quebec Jew

“I, Richard Marceau, 11th generation Quebecker, long-time agnostic, son of a practicing Catholic family, educated by priests in Quebec City, firmly rooted sovereignist, Bloc Québécois MP, was preparing, in good conscience and after deliberate consideration, to become a Jew.” 

I just finished reading A Quebec Jew: From Bloc Québécois MP to Jewish Activist by Richard Marceau, which I found to be an enjoyable and engaging read.  Continue reading “Book Review: A Quebec Jew”

Apply: Want to travel to the Middle East this summer?

The Philos Project is a phenomenal organization dedicated to promoting positive Christian engagement in the Middle East. This past summer, I participated in their immersive educational program called the Philos Leadership Institute.

Applications are currently being accepted for the summer program designed for twenty Christian men and women between the ages of 18-35. Continue reading “Apply: Want to travel to the Middle East this summer?”

It’s weird for Jews to be at the forefront of euthanasia advocacy in Canada

There were times when my atheist-Jewish-Polish grandfather was in such excruciating pain near the end of his 96-year-long life that he told me he wanted to be euthanized.

Zaida was my intellectual sparing partner, the one who took me on dinner dates to our favourite Italian restaurant where I would always order him a Shirley Temple with extra cherries, and the one who looked forward to reading every term paper I wrote. Continue reading “It’s weird for Jews to be at the forefront of euthanasia advocacy in Canada”

Shabbat for Christians

Last Christmas, I was searching for a book to take with me on Christmas holidays. I asked God, the Divine Librarian, to help me choose one. Since I was going to France, a book that had been on my shelf but that I had not yet read caught my eye when I read the back cover. That book was, From the Kippah to the Cross, the conversion story of Jean-Marie Élie Setbon. Continue reading “Shabbat for Christians”