Charles Lewis: Jean Vanier news stirs heartbreak … and anger

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

    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 ….” 

      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!” 

        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.