Francis Campbell: A history brewed in faith and fortitude

The old teapot is steeped in history, fortitude and faith. If it could talk, whistle or chatter, what a tale this 200-year-old china cauldron might tell.

Francis Campbell: Doing your best is 2020’s best resolution

The early days of 2020 have already relegated many best intentions and New Year’s resolutions to the try-again-next-year bin.

Francis Campbell: Time to say a prayer for more praying

Prayer books, prayer groups, prayer meetings, prayer beads, prayer mats, common prayer, the Lord’s Prayer, a wing and a prayer.

Deacon Greg Kandra: Making Advent matter requires some patience

Christmas is still weeks away and already we’re exhausted.

Angela Saldanha: Prayers for departed needed all year

Traditionally, November is the time when we especially remember to pray for departed family members, friends and (maybe) enemies. 

Bishop Thomas Dowd: Documentary sets stage for challenging dialogue

The fall meeting of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops brought with it an unexpected invitation. The group SNAP (Survivor’s Network of those Abused by Priests) organized a viewing in Cornwall of the documentary Prey, a film that sheds light on the predatory actions of Hod Marshall, a now-deceased Basilian priest who was convicted for sexually abusing minors.

Harry McAvoy: Staying in the game one day at a time

The Bride and I recently had a return visit with the doctor who specializes in memory problems. New tests had been done, and we were about to receive the results. 

Brendan Steven: Catholics need to return to centre of political life

Canada’s 43rd federal election is over — and for many Canadians it was dismal. It was a campaign of “gotcha” moments fought in the mud and a symptom of the greater rot in Canadian politics: the continued growth of so-called “affective partisanship,” or the tribal hostility felt by partisans of one party against partisans of another.

Bishop Robert Barron: Newman’s many sides created a saintly figure

I’m still basking in the glow of the splendid Mass of canonization Oct. 13, presided over by Pope Francis and attended by tens of thousands of bishops, priests and faithful from all over the world.

Luke Stocking: When it comes to politics, I am Catholic

I spent the two Sundays before election day handing out small booklets entitled “For Heaven’s Sake, Vote!” to parishioners after Mass. The booklet is a federal election guide published by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Toronto.

Francis Campbell: Devil travels down an easier road today

To characterize our adult son as a film fanatic might fall short of the mark.