Glen Argan: Meditation ‘brings us back home’

Early in his book, Biography of Silence, Pablo d’Ors notes some of the many experiences he cultivated in his life as a young adult — travelling, reading voraciously and having numerous romances. “Like many of my contemporaries, I was convinced that the more experiences I had and the more intense and stunning they were, the sooner and better I would become a complete person.”

Peter Stockland: Climate changing around ‘R-word’

At Montreal’s Concordia University, where I study the wonders of Ireland north and south for several hours each week, a large sign asks students how they feel about climate change.

Robert Kinghorn: A final wish for Betty, a dear friend

There is a truth about great journalists that long after their columns have faded into the ghosts of time, their words still come back to haunt or to comfort. 

Fr. Raymond de Souza: A treasured teacher puts Dante in focus

In a few weeks, his many admirers will celebrate the 30th priestly anniversary of Fr. Paul Pearson of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Toronto. 

Gerry Turcotte: Voice of the wounded is essential for healing

Recently I read a wonderful LinkedIn entry by Aron Laxton about the U.S. Navy’s efforts to study and reinforce aircraft based on planes that had been damaged from the front. Engineers studied and mapped the bullet holes that peppered the “wounded” planes and determined that additional armour needed to be added to the wingtips and to the central body of the aircraft. 

Glen Argan: We must fight the demon of individualism

An old adage in development work is the dictum, “Give a person a fish, and you will feed her for one day; teach her how to fish, and you will feed her for a lifetime.” 

Bob Brehl: Thoughts and prayers … but no action

Over the Labour Day weekend, there sure were a lot of U.S. politicians conveying their “thoughts and prayers” for the victims and their families of the latest mass shooting, but no visible action on doing anything about the American gun epidemic.

Cathy Majtenyi: Persistent prayer at heart of best pro-life strategy

It’s a brilliant example of the power of persistent, passionate prayer and how speaking the truth in love can cause hearts to do a 180-degree turn.

Leah Perrault: Making the most of my assumptions

Weather was at the front of my minds as I headed out to the lake this summer with four kids in tow while my husband was away working. 

Charles Lewis: Atheism leaves only an empty feeling

It all started innocently enough when I used the expression “children of God” in a recent column. Apparently in this secularized age it is an expression that some find insulting. 

Peter Stockland: Trudeau fails acceptance test

Early in junior high school, I watched a kid named Frank play out what I was certain, even then, would be a pattern for his life.