Cradle Catholics sometimes miss the wonder of the universality of their Church: universality in two senses — the “here comes everybody” that overpowers the new convert, and the geographic universality of the Church being everywhere in the world so no one is ever without a home.

Child-like faith makes it crystal clear

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So many questions, so few answers. That’s often where we find ourselves as Catholics and as people.

The what, how and why of Catholic education

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Have you ever noticed that the lineup for Apple products always seems to be the longest in the mall? Certain products have a strong brand loyalty. It is similar with Catholic education.

Hospitality of the heart brings God closer

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They’ll know we are Christians by our love.

Catholic schools are winners in the education game

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Next to hockey, education seems to dominate the Canadian media. And just like hockey, education is reported as a sport. Winners and losers, weaknesses and strengths, who should stay, who should be traded, who’s not contributing to the team, who’s first and who’s last.

Faith’s message is too often lost

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It was the night before Christmas and all through the church, many creatures were stirring . . . especially the restless children.

Open up and let God into our lives

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I just can’t do it in my own. We vain humans have such difficulty admitting that.

Packing up family memories

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Emptying the house I grew up in, after the passing of my mom, has been one of the most difficult, rewarding, surprising, touching and inspiring times of my life. It was so fitting that this emptying culminated in November, the month that starts with us remembering those who have died and ends on the eve of Advent.

Is politics suffering from a death of character?

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Writing in The Death of Character, James Hunter argues that character is frequently associated with words like honour, reputation, integrity, manners, duty and even manhood. Character, he argues, is always associated with an explicitly moral standard of conduct oriented towards work, building, expanding, achieving and sacrifice on behalf of a larger good.

Jesus embodies true sense of selflessness

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Selflessness. That most admirable quality seems to be fighting extinction in our me-first society.

Religious voice is essential in euthanasia debate

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A few years ago I interviewed then Bloc Quebecois MP Francine LeBlanc. In 2010 she introduced a bill in Parliament to legalize euthanasia. At that time there didn’t seem a snowball’s chance in hell of it passing, but the introduction of the bill was at least a chance to talk about the issue.