Speaking Out

I often sit in on St. Michael’s Choir School Concerts and Music Ministries listening to the Baroque, Gregorian and Renaissance pieces accompanied by a loud organ, thinking about what kind of people enjoy this type of music.

Speaking Out: Science and faith are compatible

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You are sitting at your desk and are presented with a simple, ordinary box. You are curious as to its contents, and decide to open it. 

Speaking Out: YSN encore brings more blessings

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My time at The Catholic Register truly ended up being the product of an act of God. 

Speaking Out: Pilgrimage is an expression of faith and culture

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This summer has been the most unique and beautiful season I have experienced. My colleague and I lived in Wollaston Lake, Sask., a Dene reserve in northern Saskatchewan, working with Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and groups, connecting partners to nurture healing, empower youth and foster leadership through the Northern Bridge Community Partnership for the past two months.

Speaking Out: Cross much more than fashion item

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Has the symbol of the cross lost its relevance in today’s world?

Speaking Out: Stayed tuned to world around you

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When school let out in June, all my teachers could talk about was, “Don’t waste your summer” and “keep up with the world around you.” But the most notable thing I heard on the final day of class came from a friend. “It sucks, but the sucky things in life don’t stop just because we’re out (of school).” 

Speaking Out: Lessons from the Jonas Brothers

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I sat down one night and watched the Jonas Brothers documentary entitled Chasing Happiness. I loved every second. My 15-year-old self was thrilled and I was honestly so impressed by how these three young men completely opened up in a way that was new to their audience (i.e. going from Disney Channel to truth-telling drinking games).

Speaking Out: Still learning from my Camino

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When people find out that I’ve walked the Camino Portugués across Europe, I am often asked: What made you want to do it? When I take a moment to reflect, I cannot think of anything specific. 

Speaking Out: Making the most of high school

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“Take a risk, get involved, be committed!” Four years later and I finally understand the importance of my high school motto. 

Speaking Out: The purpose of pilgrimages

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This past March Break, I found myself as a pilgrim visiting amazing places like Barcelona, Assisi, Siena and the Vatican. It was part of a school trip that Chaminade College School organized for me and 16 of my fellow classmates and it was an amazing life experience. 

Speaking Out: My advice to all the first-years

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I’m something of an expert at first-year. I’ve been a first-year three times, a second-year twice, a third-year once and now I’m going into my last year at Brock University — unless the Lord has other plans for me. (Please Lord, don’t have other plans for me).