“Too bad the global climate strike happened while you guys were on March break,” I teased my son.

Gerry Turcotte: There’s a light ahead in our Lenten journey

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During Ash Wednesday Mass on the St. Mary’s University campus, professor of psychology, Fr. Peter Doherty, offered an inspiring homily. He spoke of the importance of the Lenten journey and the need for us to reach out and to support others, as well as the need to reflect on the importance of the “journey” of Lent — emphasizing that Lent isn’t a time period, but a process leading to discovery.

Vanessa Santilli-Raimondo: Healthy eating is a taste of the good life

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I don’t mean to be a downer, but an unhealthy diet is the leading risk factor for chronic diseases in Canada. This has been the case for the past two decades, according to research cited in the medical journal Canadian Family Physician, the official publication of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Weigel adds personal touch to life of Pope John Paul II

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In Lessons in Hope: My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II, Baltimore-born papal biographer George Weigel reflects in a highly personal way on the 15 years he devoted to chronicling the life and times and impact of John Paul II in Witness to Hope (1999) and The End and the Beginning (2010). It is a story that emphasizes repeatedly and powerfully the idea of providence.

Glen Argan: Legislation alone will not cure racism

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Last May, my wife, daughters and I stayed at a resort on a First Nations reserve on Vancouver Island to celebrate my mother-in-law’s 80th birthday. The last night we were there, my mother-in-law moved into town, and my wife and I slept in the yurt where she had stayed.

Developing a global conscience with the 'Share Lent' campaign

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The disciplines of Lent — prayer, fasting and almsgiving — are an exercise in conscience formation. Lent is much more than conscience formation, but it is that.

Ash Wednesday: Choosing Christ as your valentine

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We begin the season of Lent with Ash Wednesday on Feb. 14, only a few weeks after our celebration of the Christmas season. That’s early, so we may feel that we are not “ready” yet.  

Herman Gooden: Yes, confession really is good for the soul

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During Lent, well-trained Catholic minds turn to thoughts of confession.

Ted Schmidt: Sport's real victories happen off the court

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Last month, standing on the basketball court of my first school as a teacher, Mimico High, I launched a book titled The Season.

Ian Hunter: Scraps have a place in God’s economy

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The only miracle that Jesus performed recounted in all four Gospels is the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, more commonly called the feeding of the 5,000 (or 4,000 in Mark’s Gospel, but who was counting precisely?).  

Angela Saldanha: The signs of Christmas are longing to be shared

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As we prepare for the coming of Our Lord in Advent, opportunities present themselves to put Jesus back (for a few weeks, at least) into the public gaze.