Ecologist finds God in all creation

Fr. John McCarthy has a love of nature that goes back to his early childhood. When he joined the Jesuits, his novice master recognized that his interest in the natural world was profound and encouraged him to make time for it in his priestly life. He has and on a grand scale. 

Melendez strums a message of hope

TORONTO - Armless guitarist Tony Melendez wants audiences to walk away from his performances with hope.

A view from the Old Testament needed to understand Jesus

Burn your self-help books and follow the Divine Word to be happy, says Fr. Robert Barron in his new six-part study program Priest, Prophet, King.

Padre Pio sculpture calls us to Confession

On a trip to Italy 11 months ago Catholic artist Timothy Schmalz discovered the nation’s love for St. Padre Pio. Creator of the acclaimed Jesus the Homeless sculpture, Schmalz was soon inspired to create a work of art to honour the Italian saint.

The truth behind the lie

The film is called The Good Lie but if offers a lot of truth. 

It’s a workable solution, says pastor

Here’s something useful for your parish — a concise, practical presentation of creation care theology and ministry in 100 pages. It is written from a Roman Catholic perspective, in easy-to-read language for everybody, not just those with theological or pastoral degrees. 

A Christian solution to crisis

The world’s environmental crisis reflects a global spiritual crisis, and saving the planet requires a return to a world view centred around God, argues the director of the ecumenical Green Church program in Canada 

Jesus is a point where Christians, Muslims can meet

With Christians on the run in the Middle East, and Muslim fighters declaring war on the West and modernity, one Muslim scholar wants to talk about Jesus. 

Catholic music is a rocking success story

Under blue skies, dressed in black, stand the members of Christian band Darkness Divided. In the serenity of a forest clearing, the band members’ hands are stretched straight up, revealing streams of thick, dark blood pouring from wounds artificially created on their open palms. In the background, lyrics suggestive of Christ’s crucifixion are belted out supported by the severe guitar and drum sounds typical of a metalcore band. This is a scene from “The Hands that Bled,” a single off the band’s newly released album, Written in Blood.

‘People’s museum’ of human rights to open

WINNIPEG - Carmela Finkel remembers feeling terrified.

Merton, a genre on his own

Simply Merton: Wisdom from his Journals, by Linus Mundy, (Franciscan Media, 138 pages, $16.00) 

The Trappist monk and prolific writer Thomas Merton once spoke of the “Joyce Industry” in a particularly insightful essay on several books about the eminent Irish literary giant. Little did he know that in a short span there would be a “Merton Industry,” an industry which appears to offer no sign of waning. 

Refuting Woody Allen’s bleak world view

I was chagrined, but not entirely surprised, when I read Woody Allen’s recent ruminations on ultimate things. To be blunt, he could not be any bleaker regarding the issue of meaning in the universe. 

Understanding paths to, from the Church

TORONTO - My Brother’s Vows gives us the story of siblings who are running — one towards the Catholic Church and the other away from it.