Glen Argan: In troubled times, Jesus is way to new life

The day of reckoning is upon us; how can we respond?

Fr. Raymond de Souza: A great blessing in a historic church

The topic of residential schools dominated this column in 2021, and too often that story is written as if Catholics and Indigenous peoples are two distinct parties, perhaps opposing or even hostile.

Sr. Helena Burns: So, what was your Epiphany?

The Christmas season has so many wonderful feast days along the way, not least of which is Epiphany, the commemoration of the Magi’s visit to the Christ Child.

Peter Stockland: Love will always prove necessary

Some will sniff that a hierarchical Church is hardly an institution to concern itself with authoritarian politics.

Leah Perrault: There’s something at work in the waiting

For the first holiday outing in our new city, we headed out for the tree lighting in the town square. (It felt very Stars Hallow, for the Gilmore Girls fans, with lots of twinkly lights and a mayor’s words and Santa arriving by fire truck with all the usual characters.) After a line for sleigh rides, a queue for hot chocolate and another turn to take to see Santa, my little girl exclaimed loudly that “Mostly tonight, we were waiting in line!”

Charles Lewis: Christ: the greatest gift we’ll ever receive

At the risk of being sentimental I want to talk about the greatest gift we receive at Christmas. That gift is Christ … and our faith in Him.

Luke Stocking: Advent activists prepare the way

Isn’t it funny that the liturgical year starts with a period of waiting? Every year we get things going, by waiting. We wait for the birth of Christ through the season of Advent. I think this is fascinating and worthy of contemplation. Recently I found a source for such a contemplation in our country’s two official languages.

Cathy Majtenyi: Look back with gratitude on the year just passed

Advent is upon us once again. It’s a time of hopeful expectation and renewal, a chance to feast upon the mercy and goodness of God who sent His Son to Earth for our salvation.

Glen Argan: Dialogue the path to understanding

In a speech to an international congress in Madrid last month, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Jose Gomez, painted movements of social justice, “wokeness” and identity politics as pseudo-religions.

Sr. Helena Burns: Some prayer tips for Advent

Advent, like Lent, is a prayerful time of joyful expectation of a major feast of the Christian year.

Peter Stockland: ‘Make us worthy of the promises of Christ’

Often when a particular friend of mine says certain things, I don’t react right away. In fact, it might require days. Or impose a prudent pause until the 12th of Never.