How does tyranny arrive? And what does it look like once it has? At times it comes like a bomb that overturns all existing norms. Think of a military junta or the sudden collapse of order following massive protests and riots.

Glen Argan: This piece of advice has stuck

By Glen Argan

When I was a young journalist, I joined the Volunteers, a group associated with the Oblate Missionaries of Mary Immaculate (OMMI), a secular institute, and began to take part in their regular discussion groups. Early on, we discussed the five elements of the OMMI spirituality. 

Gerry Turcotte: Always room for prayer in life’s overflowing jar

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A good friend of mine, a fellow scotch aficionado, sent me a story which is an adaptation of a well-known leadership story, popularized by Stephen Covey in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Bob Brehl: Heirloom triggers life-learning memory

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Francis Campbell’s column last week about a 200-year-old teapot, a story steeped in family history and faith, brought to mind a three-decade-old tale about another family heirloom.

Cathy Majtenyi: Time to stand up for the gift of life

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It’s an impossibly tight deadline that the Trudeau government has deliberately created, but one we must respond to with great urgency. 

Peter Stockland: Don’t lose sight of ‘bigger picture’

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It’s true there’s a challenge, to say the least, in seeing the “bigger picture” when the picture’s focus is life and death itself.

Charles Lewis: One film, two popes, many opinions

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We Catholics are at times indifferent about those things that should deeply concern us but obsessed by those things that should be water off our backs. 

Luke Stocking: Prayer has no limits

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The phrase “thoughts and prayers” has become so common it has its own Wikipedia page. The page outlines in detail the use of the expression by prominent public figures in times of crisis — most notably following natural disasters or American gun violence — and also offers both a criticism and defence of this practice. 

Robert Kinghorn: It’s all about the ‘to’ and ‘why’

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I was driving to Nova Scotia with my wife Ria several years ago when we stopped at a garden centre. Since I cannot tell a weed from a wallflower, I hung out in the knickknack section where people can find garden signs that say things like, “I don’t remember planting this.”

Glen Argan: Church needs to overcome palace intrigues

By Glen Argan

When Pope Celestine V resigned as pope in 1294, he removed his papal garb and intended to return to life as a hermit. However, his successor, Pope Boniface VIII, placed him under house arrest where he remained until his death 10 months later. 

Bob Brehl: A conservative schism or media hype?

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When Pope Francis accepted the resignation of the bishop of Philadelphia on Jan. 23, some in media were painting it as pushing the pontiff’s so-called agenda aimed at moving the Church away from traditionalists.