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.

Robert Brehl: Trump, an Ugly American in Paris

Just when one thinks the current president of the United States can’t do anything more brazen, he trumps that belief and goes one further.

Charles Lewis: We must open eyes to anti-Christian bigotry

There is something about distance, numbers and repetition that I have always found peculiar in terms of evoking reaction. I find this is especially true when thinking about anti-religious persecution.

Church on the Street: In this ‘pop-up’ community, all are one

A Catholic, a Baptist and a Mennonite walked into a bar and the barman said, “What’s this, some kind of a joke?” 

Joe Gunn: Strategy to eradicate Canadian poverty needs an action plan

The world commemorated the United Nations’ International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on Oct. 17, but you could be forgiven for not noticing.