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

    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.

      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. 

        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

          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.

            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. 

              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.

                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.

                  Charles Lewis: One film, two popes, many opinions

                  We Catholics are at times indifferent about those things that should deeply concern us but obsessed by those things that should be water off our backs. 

                    Luke Stocking: Prayer has no limits

                    The phrase “thoughts and prayers” has become so common it has its own Wikipedia page. The page outlines in detail the use of the expression by prominent public figures in times of crisis — most notably following natural disasters or American gun violence — and also offers both a criticism and defence of this practice. 

                      Robert Kinghorn: It’s all about the ‘to’ and ‘why’

                      I was driving to Nova Scotia with my wife Ria several years ago when we stopped at a garden centre. Since I cannot tell a weed from a wallflower, I hung out in the knickknack section where people can find garden signs that say things like, “I don’t remember planting this.”