Robert Brehl: Christmas treasure found in Klondike gold rush

On Christmas Eve during the Klondike gold rush, three young miners found an unexpected treasure more valuable than gold dust, and their chivalry is worth remembering 120 Christmases later.

God's Word on Sunday: Good news found in God's blessings

3rd Sunday of Advent, Dec. 17 (Year B) Isaiah 61:1-2a, 10-11; Luke 1:46-54; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28


We would all welcome a bit of good news. This seems to be a very rare commodity these days, but it has probably almost always been the case.

Peter Stockland: Don't blame social media for human bad behaviour

There is something seriously laughable, but also laughably serious, about former Facebook bosses bemoaning the global damage caused by social media giants.

Charles Lewis: It’s time Catholics put words into action

Over the past few weeks I’ve heard wonderful homilies about Advent. Each was about preparation for the coming of the Christ Child through prayer, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Communion.

Fr. Raymond J. De Souza: A blessing of Providence after church fire

We are blessed on Wolfe Island with a magnificent church — more like a cathedral, visitors often say. Dedicated to our Lady under the title of the Sacred Heart of Mary, it was built in 1916-1917, and dedicated in June 1918. I had begun thinking a few years back how to mark the centennial.

The Mustard Seed: Beauty of the Church isn’t found in rules

Living a Christian life, too often seen as adherence to a list of “do’s” and “don’ts,” is better understood as creative participation in the artistry of the Holy Spirit. Each of us is given a mission in God’s eternal plan, a mission we are called to carry out with love, creativity and joy.

Robert Brehl: Robert F. Kennedy's speech resonates in today's world

Recently while doing research, I stumbled upon a speech given by Bobby Kennedy the night Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968. RFK’s message was simple and heartfelt: divisiveness leads to destruction and we must find ways to come together.

Charles Lewis: Pronouns are no big deal, right? Wrong

I have two groups I associate with socially: One group consists mainly of secular friends, many I’ve known for decades during my career in journalism; the other group is Catholic, the people I’m involved with in various pro-life causes or RCIA or those I see each week at Mass.

Trinity Western University covenant goes on trial yet again

Several years ago when the Trinity Western University law school battle was just building, I was shocked to hear a devout Catholic friend trash its controversial Community Covenant.

God's Word on Sunday: God sets the example of care and healing

Christ the King, Nov. 26 (Year A) Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17; Psalm 23; 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28; Matthew 25:31-46

Many of the shepherds of Israel had done a rotten job of shepherding and serving the people.

Alberta premier maligns Catholic schools

Edmonton – The headline told the story: “Catholic sex-ed proposal puts church, NDP on collision course.” Columnist Paula Simons’ front-page offering in the Oct. 24 Edmonton Journal was correct on at least one point: The Catholic Church in Alberta and the NDP government are deeply at odds. The differences involve revision of the provincial sex education curriculum, as well as new legislation on gay-straight alliances (GSAs). As well, there is Premier Rachel Notley’s insulting characterization of a Catholic sex education proposal as giving moral legitimacy to rape.