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.

                    Readers Speak Out: February 16, 2020

                    Plain wrong

                    Regarding the government’s consultations on euthanasia, it is obvious that the justice department is making a pretence of listening to input from Canadians, as happened when euthanasia was legalized in 2016.