Fr. James Mallon: Now is time to seize the moment

“Even the priest and the prophet forage in a land they know not.” This is the New American Bible translation of Jeremiah 14:18, a line of Scripture that will be familiar to anyone in North America who prays the Liturgy of the Hours

Harry McAvoy: Prayers are like ‘cash in the pocket’

COVID-19 threw an interesting twist into a recent visit with the memory specialist. I was advised by e-mail my appointment would be conducted via video e-consult. I looked at the Bride and wondered, “What is e-consult?” The next morning we were staring into our laptop where the specialist appeared. 

Francis Campbell: Heartache and pity for Nova Scotians

April, according to T.S. Eliot, is the cruellest month.

Angela Saldanha: On wings and a prayer, birds delight the soul

Thomas Merton said that trees give glory to God just by being trees. I imagine the same holds true for birds.

John Ecker: Fear stalks the world of long-term care

I received the call about the COVID-19 outbreak at my father’s long-term care home during dinner.  A staff member had tested positive.

Ian Hunter: Quarantine does have an agreeable side

Who knows how long this will last? Certainly not I. Although there are times I think I know as much about this never-before-seen virus as those white-coated “experts” who hold forth incessantly before the camera’s ravening eye. 

John Milloy: Catholics called to action

When will things go back to the way they used to be? Catholics should hope never. 

Francis Campbell: We have the time … let’s use it well

I can’t find time for that.

COVID-19 has laid bare many of the popular excuses we use to appease ourselves for skipping the things we know we ought to be doing.

Francis Campbell: There is much to learn from social distancing

A Saturday afternoon walk seemed a healthy idea during the social distancing edicts foisted on citizens everywhere to fend off COVID-19 risks.

Gerry Turcotte: The Wiki and wacky world of St. Isidore

As I was driving to work this week, I saw a sign outside a neighbourhood church. It read: “Prayer is the original wireless form of communication.”

Cardinal Thomas Collins: Bill C-7 makes slope even more slippery

The federal government has introduced new legislation expanding the eligibility criteria for euthanasia. The inaccurate term, medical assistance in dying (MAiD), is currently used to describe what this law would allow, but the process is more accurately called euthanasia or assisted suicide.