Weigel adds personal touch to life of Pope John Paul II

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

    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.

      Mickey Conlon: Tragedy should not derail reconciliation

      REGINA – The trial of a Saskatchewan farmer charged in the death of a 22-year-old Indigenous man has ended with an acquittal. But other than that, what have we learned from this?

        Developing a global conscience with the 'Share Lent' campaign

        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

          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

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

              Justice after 11-year battle to protect human rights in mining industry

              “Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart” (Luke 18:1). So begins the parable of the widow and the unjust judge. 

                Francis Campbell: Making the most from our mulligans

                I only wish I had a chance to do that all over again.

                  A New Year’s party? Bah, humbug!

                  I’ve never had much enthusiasm for New Year’s celebrations. Partly this is because of the utterly perverse timing of the holiday.

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

                    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

                      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?).