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.

Francis Campbell: Tragedy brings out the best in humanity

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Halifax Mayor Mike Savage was in a reflective and reminiscent mood during a recent state-of-the-municipality address.

Thomas Reese: Pope Francis shouldn’t risk going to Myanmar

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Pope Francis makes a visit to Myanmar Nov. 27-30 where he risks either compromising his moral authority or putting in danger the Christians of that country. I have great admiration for the Pope and his abilities, but someone should have talked him out of making this trip.

Trudeau is wrong… abortion is not a right

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In late September I wrote a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in which I expressed dismay at what I called some “very serious” fallacies he continues to spread regarding abortion. 

Feast of Christ the King is a call to action

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“So you are a king?” Pilate questioned Jesus.