Glen Argan: A lesson for us all in Vanier’s downfall

The news that Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche homes for people with mental handicaps, engaged in decades of sexual misconduct and falsely denied knowing about similar abuse by his mentor, Fr. Thomas Philippe, is shocking. Vanier was a saint in the eyes of many and also an icon for the future direction of the Church.

    Charles Lewis: Jean Vanier news stirs heartbreak … and anger

    For many years I was certain Jean Vanier was a saint. 

      Luke Stocking: Voice of Sr. Dorothy echoes in exhortation

      Fifteen years ago, on Feb. 12, a 73-year-old nun walked along a rural road in the Amazon region of Para state in Brazil. She was followed by two men with guns — Clodoaldo Carlos Batista and Raifran das Neves Sales. Both men worked for a livestock company. They asked her if she had any weapons. In response she showed them her Bible and began to read, “Blessed are the poor in spirit ….” 

        Leah Perrault: It’s a beautiful day in our neighbourhood

        Beauty surprised me last week when I walked out to the car with a small hand in mine: “Mommy, the road is sparkling!” 

          Peter Stockland: No quick fixes on this long road

          Esteemed theological thinkers will doubtless spend the coming months scratching their parses on the latest exhortation from Pope Francis, Querida Amazonia

            Readers Speak Out: February 23, 2020

            Indigenous anger

            How Canada responds to the anger of the Wet’suwet’en community and other Indigenous groups may establish a precedent for how we approach the problem of racism at large. 

            Editorial: Focus on dreams

            Reaction ranged from anger to relief after the Pope dodged a contentious debate about ordaining married men to the priesthood in his reflection on the recent Amazon synod.

              Charles Lewis: Inspiring stories to feed our courage

              How does tyranny arrive? And what does it look like once it has? At times it comes like a bomb that overturns all existing norms. Think of a military junta or the sudden collapse of order following massive protests and riots.

                Glen Argan: This piece of advice has stuck

                When I was a young journalist, I joined the Volunteers, a group associated with the Oblate Missionaries of Mary Immaculate (OMMI), a secular institute, and began to take part in their regular discussion groups. Early on, we discussed the five elements of the OMMI spirituality. 

                  Gerry Turcotte: Always room for prayer in life’s overflowing jar

                  A good friend of mine, a fellow scotch aficionado, sent me a story which is an adaptation of a well-known leadership story, popularized by Stephen Covey in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

                    Bob Brehl: Heirloom triggers life-learning memory

                    Francis Campbell’s column last week about a 200-year-old teapot, a story steeped in family history and faith, brought to mind a three-decade-old tale about another family heirloom.