Young people rediscovering sacred music, learning the beauty of the pipe organ and young women veiling for Mass.

Speaking Out: What I learned about fasting

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It was Week 1 of my Exodus 90 fast and I really wanted a brownie.

Speaking Out: What I learned from Genesis

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This year, I decided to read the Bible all the way through, starting at the book of Genesis.

Speaking Out: Do smartphones have a place in class?

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Whether it’s online shopping, banking or even dating, it’s as if we can live our lives entirely online. This is why the news about the banning of cellphones in all classes across Ontario next school year came as a surprise to me. The exceptions to the ban are when they are used as part of a teacher’s lesson, or for students with medical or special needs.

Speaking Out: My weekend in a monastery

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This was one February reading week that certainly won’t be forgotten.

Speaking Out: Lessons from Catholic media

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Recent revelations that Fr. Thomas Rosica admitted to committing plagiarism came as a surprise to me, having over the years read a number of his books and articles. 

Speaking Out: The beauty of Adoration

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I remember my first experience of Adoration very vividly. 

Speaking Out: Homilies that attract youth

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It’s no secret that the Catholic Church is not a “young kids’ game.” 

Speaking Out: Valentine’s Day is for all love

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Another Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and sometimes it feels like just another excuse for the greeting card industry to make a grab for your money. Though biblical in origin, the sweet secular sentiments of love have been overshadowed by pressure to be in a relationship, purchase grocery-store flowers and indulge the chocolate makers.

Speaking Out: Taking a stand against abortion

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I don’t handle conflict well, especially when it comes to social media. I don’t like to engage in online arguments. I don’t like to throw my opinion in the circle. It scares me. It makes me uneasy. 

Speaking Out: Catholic schools make me thankful

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As I enter my last semester in Alberta’s publicly-funded Catholic schools, I am, more than ever, thankful for the Catholic education I have received.