Omar El Akkad begins his novel, What Strange Paradise, with this sentence: “The child lies on the shore.” That beginning calls to mind the photo of the dead three-year-old refugee Alan Kurdi whose body was washed ashore on a Mediterranean island in September 2015. The photo sparked heightened global concern for Syrian refugees and an upsurge in donations to help migrants and refugees.

Sr. Helena Burns: It’s your duty to parent media for kids

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With all that today’s parents have to do, how is it possible to go about the mammoth task of parenting the media?

Peter Stockland: Commandments set path for journalists

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What was surprising about the Hindustan Times being the first source I was offered on Google for reports of Pope Francis’ weekend message to journalists was how unsurprising it was.

Leah Perrault: Interrupting patterns for spiritual growth

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Interrupting is a bad habit I have been working to break for a long time, with some success and more work yet to do. And every struggle has a flip-side strength: While I need to stop speaking over people, the weakness is driven by a persistent perseverance that can also be a strength. God has been asking me lately to interrupt some of the patterns in my life that are not serving me well.

Charles Lewis: I’ll continue to pray and offer up my pain

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The month of a November has become a time of darkness and confusion for me.

Luke Stocking: In God’s name, ‘social poets’ rise

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Jonathan Castillo is a cartonero in Argentina — a collector of discarded recyclables.

Cathy Majtenyi: Rejecting ancestry creates dangerous path

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It was a shocking revelation. A recent CBC investigation revealed that Dr. Carrie Bourassa, one of Canada’s leading Indigenous health researchers, is actually of Eastern European descent.

Sr. Helena Burns: Spiritual warfare is for everyone

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Some people like to think of life as a journey, an adventure, a pilgrimage, a blank slate, a beach, a work of art … a box of chocolates. But life isn’t always that neutral, is it? Sometimes we are dealt a rough hand from the earliest moments of our existence. Sometimes life is filled with pain and obstacles. We are free to look at life however we want, but one thing is for sure: Life is a battle, and no one gets to sit on the sidelines.

Glen Argan: Personal liberty, yes, but common good comes first

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Today, I phoned to book a haircut only to find that Pat, my stylist of the past two years, had died of the delta variant of COVID. When I last saw him in late August, he looked fit and healthy as ever. I phoned back a month later to set my next haircut appointment but was told Pat was off work because he was having back problems. He died shortly after that call.

Peter Stockland: Money talks in climate debate

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Granted, there is something beyond the borderline of zany in a journalist urging theologians to look to economics for reform of human behaviour.

Fr. Raymond de Souza: Short visit works best

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Pope Francis will visit Canada to further reconciliation with Indigenous Canadians in relation to residential schools.