Bob Brehl: Optimism has been taking a beating

More than a decade ago, I worked with Ted Rogers in writing his memoirs. Recently, I’ve been asked to help revive stories of him to the younger generation who know the name Rogers solely as the corporate brand of the phone in their pockets.

    Readers Speak Out: December 1, 2019

    Sensory Mass

    Re: Mass… the sensory-friendly way (Nov. 10):

    I was thrilled to read the article on sensory-friendly Masses. I would like to add that it is not only children who have trouble processing sensory input. I have fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple chemical sensitivities. All forms of sensory input can be painful and overwhelming for me. 

    Editorial: Poor need Minister

    The poor need our hands to lift them up and give them hope, said Pope Francis on the World Day of the Poor. Three days later, Canada’s new government extended a hand in a different direction when it swore in our first-ever Minister of Middle Class Prosperity. 

      Glen Argan: Bolivian turmoil a cause for concern

      For nearly 500 years, Bolivia has been a cheap source of natural resources for colonial powers. Every time some mineral is mined to extinction, a new metal is discovered to be extracted at bargain basement prices. During the 16th century, silver was the hot commodity and Potosi was one of the richest cities in the Americas. Today, the Potosi region is the poorest section of the poorest country on the American continent.

        Robert Kinghorn: It was a benediction of an evening

        Jesus said that we are called to be the light of the world and the salt of the Earth. But to be honest, some evenings on the street I just feel lightly salted. 

          Cathy Majtenyi: Listen to the children … future depends on it

          One Friday last August a Swedish schoolgirl decided not to attend her classes. Clutching her handwritten sign “School strike for climate,” she instead stood outside Sweden’s Parliament, a one-child protest against the damage humankind has wrought on the environment.

            Charles Lewis: Time for Catholics to stop the passivity

            During the federal election I wrote about the unfair treatment Andrew Scheer received in the media.

              Gerry Turcotte: Life’s adversities call forth the bloom

              I was admiring a friend’s potted plant recently when she noted that I had just missed the flowering. “I forgot to water it,” she noted, “and it just bloomed.” 

                Readers Speak Out: November 24, 2019

                Wrong decision

                Re: Toronto Catholic board votes to include gender terms (Nov. 17):

                Angela Saldanha: Prayers for departed needed all year

                Traditionally, November is the time when we especially remember to pray for departed family members, friends and (maybe) enemies.