Peter Stockland: Hope arises from damning report

In the midst of the Christmas season, Dan Cere sees signs of Easter in the Archdiocese of Montreal.

    Leah Perrault: Learning to love in cabin of my longing

    Longing is a place I visit frequently, passing through on the way to somewhere else. The floor is worn at the entrance way and in front of the window, where walking gently back and forth has left its mark. The chair is comfortable in its familiarity, having moulded itself to my body’s curves. Since I expect to be moving on to somewhere more important, this little cabin doesn’t get the attention it deserves. But I’ve spent a lot of time in this longing this year. And the longing is wearing its place in me, too.

      Charles Lewis: Smile said it all about our culture of death

      This is about a single newspaper photograph. The Canadian Press took it on Dec. 10 on the day the House of Commons passed Bill C-7, which expands euthanasia to include more victims.

        Glen Argan: Birth of Christ offers a ‘new normal’

        In a famous fifth-century sermon, St. Leo the Great preached that Christmas is a time for rejoicing. “Sadness should have no place in the birthday of life.”

          Gerry Turcotte: Searching for the ‘core’ of Christmas

          At breakfast recently my daughter noted that my cardigan made me look like an academic. As a professor I wasn’t sure how to take the comment. But I admitted that the first thing I did when I began teaching in a university was to rush out and buy a tweed jacket with patches on the elbows.

            Cathy Majtenyi: Christmas story holds many life lessons

            It’s that time again. We rush through the shops, picking those perfect presents for our loved ones. Family and friends will soon surround our Christmas table for a feast, followed by robust caroling and gift exchanging.

              Sr. Helena Burns: Time to revive the ‘nuclear’ family

              The “nuclear family.” Such a strange phrase. Does it glow? What exactly is it?

                Peter Stockland: Report prompts unsettling question

                The fact Trista Hope’s name isn’t really Trista Hope adds volumes to the recent 276-page Capriolo report into the catastrophic botching of priestly sex offender Brian Boucher’s case.

                  Luke Stocking: Advertisers offer lesson in Advent preparation

                  Some years ago, our priest opened his Advent sermon with some observations about how early our Western society begins to market Christmas to us.

                    Charles Lewis: Mass is essential to our Catholic life

                    Once again our Catholic churches are closed in Toronto. Perhaps by the time you are reading this that will have changed. It is unlikely, but possible.

                      Robert Kinghorn: Mike found a home in Dismas Fellowship

                      It’s a simple action, almost involuntary, and we seldom give it another thought. We are asked to dip into our deep pockets as we sit in the pews, and to spare some money for the less fortunate at Christmas.