Charles Lewis: Catholic books that top my Christmas list

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.

The Church on the Street: The Spirit intercedes with prayer for peace

I have become used to the cacophony which inhabits the downtown of the city and usually treat it as background noise as I walk around. 

Robert Brehl: Friend’s passing puts things in perspective

The other day, I went to pay my respects to the widow and two children of a friend and neighbor whom I played pick-up hockey with for several years. He was only 55.

Francis Campbell: Halifax-Yarmouth diocese going back to its missionary roots

It’s difficult to equate dynamic evangelization with the reality of shrinking numbers of parishes, priests, parishioners and active churches. But evangelization is exactly what the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth hopes to achieve through a strategy called New Parishes: Stronger Together.

Figure of speech: Ghost images remind us of the great cycle of life

As a photographer, I always assumed my interests were odd. My preferred subjects were dilapidated buildings, rusted metals and abandoned spaces. I love detailed closeups of ghost phrases — slogans and ads painted on crumbling surfaces that are still just visible to the eye, decades after the products were available. Driving through the countryside I will often pull over to photograph a collapsed shed, a rusted sign or a crumbling wall. 

Peter Stockland: Montreal parish reflects Canadian story of faith

When Montreal’s English Speaking Catholic Council hosted a talk on faith and immigration the quintessential church hall basement of St. Kevin’s Parish on Côte-Des-Neiges Road was an obvious choice.

Glen Argan: Moments of stillness resonate in the soul

Thank you, Lord, for the gift of Your presence during my time of silence. You have given me the human ability to still myself and listen. You have blessed me with freedom from physical or emotional maladies which could hinder my ability to be silent and still. Yet, despite that gift, a million excuses keep me from coming to You.

Barefoot and Preaching: Learning how to spend and save energy

Energy is one of the great miracles of life. As the trees lose their leaves and preserve energy for the spring, I have been thinking about how I spend my energy, and what human dormancy looks like. 

Cathy Majtenyi: Workers on losing end of legislation

Like a sign hanging on a shop door, the Ontario government is declaring that the province is “open for businesses” through a piece of draft legislation called Making Ontario Open for Business Act.

Fr. Raymond J. de Souza: Lazy media suggest St. Michael's coverup

Ever since Watergate, scandals have been covered according to the adage: “It’s not the crime, it’s the coverup.”

Fr. Raymond J. de Souza: The blessings and burden of living Humanae Vitae

Is living the teaching of Humanae Vitae regarding the moral means of managing fertility burdensome? Yes, and effective pastoral support for couples who are attempting to do just that — using natural family planning (NFP) rather than contraception — is served by acknowledging that up front. NFP is a burden.