At St. Mary’s University here in Calgary, we open all our meetings with a reflection. Sometimes it is the university prayer, but often it is a meditation on a relevant issue, meant to support, comfort and uplift. 

Charles Lewis: Baby, it’s getting way too cold for us

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I often admonish my brother for labeling too many things he dislikes as “stupid.” That word should be reserved for that which goes beyond the merely foolish or inane to the really, really stupid.

Church on the Street: Searching for a home at Christmas

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We all have a longing for a place to call “home.” For people who spend many aimless years living on the streets, “homelessness” is more than a condition of the body, it is a condition of the soul. 

Vanessa Santilli-Raimondo: Forest bathing cleanses mind and body

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Should doctors start prescribing a leisurely walk in the forest to improve health and well-being? According to researchers from Japan, the answer is a resounding yes. 

Robert Brehl: Bush funeral a procession of contrasts

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The televised funeral of George Herbert Walker Bush at the Washington National Cathedral was a reminder of times when the office of the U.S. President worked for bipartisanship, decency and decorum.

Cathy Majtenyi: Closure of Oshawa GM plant is a wake-up call

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It’s a huge blow to the more than 2,500 workers, their families, the city of Oshawa and communities across Ontario. The closure of General Motors by the end of 2019 rips at the heart of generations of families with ties to the province’s auto manufacturing glory days.

Fr. Raymond J. De Souza: Four friends (and authors) offer nice Christmas gifts

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An alumna of our Newman House chaplaincy at Queen’s University offers an inspiring model of reading — of actual books. 

Barefoot and Preaching: The Word made flesh dwells among us

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Dwelling is a strange concept. It’s a place and it sounds like an action: the relevance to Advent is both. 

Glen Argan: Common ground with Eastern religion can enhance Christianity

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Thomas Merton, the most influential Catholic spiritual writer of the 20th century, spent the last period of his life trying to find points of common ground between Catholic mysticism and the mysticism of the East. Some might argue that Merton’s efforts were folly, but one cannot deny his influence.

Peter Stockland: Where do we stand with our rule of law?

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Last summer, Ottawa constitutional lawyer Albertos Polizogopoulos and I were on Ottawa’s Sparks Street when we encountered a sign warning we were entering an abortion safe-access zone.

Charles Lewis: Catholic books that top my Christmas list

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I love making lists. It is how I fall asleep at night. Sometimes I try to name every baseball club and at least one player from each team, or think of 10 music albums I would bring with me should I ever be sent to an offshore penal colony or to the opera.