Harry McAvoy: Music always strikes the right notes in life

On a recent Saturday morning I revisited simpler times. After returning home from morning Mass the Bride and I were welcomed at our front door by Rose Anne, our eldest, and her two boys Jack and Beckett. Rose Anne had dropped by for a visit and had managed to rouse her sisters, Clare, Emma and Hope, from their beds. 

Fr. Yaw Acheampong: Saints are models of faithful discipleship

Who is your favourite saint? Do you know something about the life of the saint? 

Sr. Helena Burns: Don’t fall into the traps of this age of rage

If the 20th century was the “age of anxiety” (W.H. Auden), the 21st century is shaping up to be the “age of rage.”

Cathy Majtenyi: Fratelli Tutti sounds alarm on dignity

The timing of the photo op couldn’t have been better. A defiant, COVID- sick Donald Trump popping out of hospital to wave to his supporters from a vehicle, putting the driver and security detail in extreme danger, illustrated so perfectly one of Pope Francis’s key concepts in his latest encyclical, Fratelli Tutti , On Fraternity and Social Friendship.

John Milloy: This is no time to sidestep Quebec law

They often say that one of the difficulties of discussing racism and prejudice in Canada is our reputation for being “nice.” Our supposed “niceness” acts as a veneer that covers up serious underlying issues.

Francis Campbell: A spirit of hope in Church’s new reality

The times they are a-changin’.

Writing in 1962 about anticipated dramatic changes to family, racial, social, political and sexual dynamics, singer-songwriter Bob Dylan warned the old guard that their existing road was rapidly aging and they’d better get out of the way if they couldn’t lend a hand to those driving world change.

Sr. Helena Burns: You can’t have it all … and that’s OK

Ladies, you’re being lied to. You can’t have it all. (And while we’re at it, all what?) No one can or does “have it all.”

Harry McAvoy: Holding on to the things that matter

It is 3 o’clock in the morning and my thoughts are too busy for sleep, so I pick up my pen.

Sr. Helena Burns: Why we desperately need good fathers

The ever-deepening crisis of authentic fatherhood (doing the tough job of being a father/parent and not just a buddy) and fatherlessness in families today is taking a steep toll.

Francis Campbell: There’s no avoiding the pain of victims

The scourge of Catholic priests sexually abusing innocent children is never far from mind in Nova Scotia.