Charles Lewis: Jean Vanier news stirs heartbreak … and anger

For many years I was certain Jean Vanier was a saint. 

  • By Charles Lewis

    Luke Stocking: Voice of Sr. Dorothy echoes in exhortation

    Fifteen years ago, on Feb. 12, a 73-year-old nun walked along a rural road in the Amazon region of Para state in Brazil. She was followed by two men with guns — Clodoaldo Carlos Batista and Raifran das Neves Sales. Both men worked for a livestock company. They asked her if she had any weapons. In response she showed them her Bible and began to read, “Blessed are the poor in spirit ….” 

    • By Luke Stocking

      Leah Perrault: It’s a beautiful day in our neighbourhood

      Beauty surprised me last week when I walked out to the car with a small hand in mine: “Mommy, the road is sparkling!” 

      • By Leah Perrault

        Peter Stockland: No quick fixes on this long road

        Esteemed theological thinkers will doubtless spend the coming months scratching their parses on the latest exhortation from Pope Francis, Querida Amazonia

        • By Peter Stockland

          Charles Lewis: Inspiring stories to feed our courage

          How does tyranny arrive? And what does it look like once it has? At times it comes like a bomb that overturns all existing norms. Think of a military junta or the sudden collapse of order following massive protests and riots.

          • By Charles Lewis

            Glen Argan: This piece of advice has stuck

            When I was a young journalist, I joined the Volunteers, a group associated with the Oblate Missionaries of Mary Immaculate (OMMI), a secular institute, and began to take part in their regular discussion groups. Early on, we discussed the five elements of the OMMI spirituality. 

            • By Glen Argan

              Gerry Turcotte: Always room for prayer in life’s overflowing jar

              A good friend of mine, a fellow scotch aficionado, sent me a story which is an adaptation of a well-known leadership story, popularized by Stephen Covey in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

              • By Gerry Turcotte

                Bob Brehl: Heirloom triggers life-learning memory

                Francis Campbell’s column last week about a 200-year-old teapot, a story steeped in family history and faith, brought to mind a three-decade-old tale about another family heirloom.

                • By Robert Brehl

                  Cathy Majtenyi: Time to stand up for the gift of life

                  It’s an impossibly tight deadline that the Trudeau government has deliberately created, but one we must respond to with great urgency. 

                  • By Cathy Majtenyi

                    Fr. Raymond de Souza: A remarkable journey from slave to saint

                    We celebrate this week — Feb. 8 — the feast day of one of the most remarkable saints of recent times, the slave girl who became a beloved religious mother. St. Josephine Bakhita was born 150 years ago (the date is uncertain, perhaps 1869 or 1870) but is a saint for today’s world of Islamist persecution and human trafficking.

                    • By Fr. Raymond J. de Souza

                      Peter Stockland: Don’t lose sight of ‘bigger picture’

                      It’s true there’s a challenge, to say the least, in seeing the “bigger picture” when the picture’s focus is life and death itself.

                      • By Peter Stockland