Some people describe the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as a “do-it-yourself” growing up kit for all young people. To me, it has been a mind-expanding, people-meeting and life-changing experience.

What's in a name?

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On Easter weekend, my father handed me an article that began, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine”(Isaiah 43:1).

Moderation is liberation

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Alcohol is seen both as a substance of cultural pride and as a problem-causing drug. So where does it fit in for young Catholics? While certain Christian denominations practise complete abstinence from alcohol, recent studies of its health benefits cannot be ignored.

Living vocation as Chief Squire

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I can’t have a standard part-time job. My marks are high enough to get me the post-secondary options I’m interested in, but they could be a bit better. Many of my weekends are taken up by keeping on top of schoolwork or going to a meeting miles away... and I couldn’t be happier.

Learning to love

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Many of us are familiar with 1 Corinthian 13, “Love is patient; love is kind…” I’ve heard the passage over and over but I have never given it much thought. I cringe when I hear the exchange of “I love you” and find it difficult to accept or to tell someone that I love them. I’m not sure if I have the capacity to love.

God is my family's glue

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On Jan. 11, 2004, at 10 p.m. I walked into the emergency room of the Foothills Hospital in Calgary. My mother lay immobilized on a spine board. I prayed to God not to take her away from me.

Traditional girl in modern world

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I’ll get right to the point: I am 19  and since I was young I have wanted to be nothing more than a stay-at-home mom.

Some bastion of free speech

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It is ironic to me that university institutions whose primary goal is to foster curiosity and the thirst for knowledge should work so hard to stifle groups and messages which run contrary to its politically correct ideology.

Finding peace in tragedy

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I believe that nothing can happen that God does not will, and all things work to the good of those who love God — even in the midst of tragedy.

Don't be strangers

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Have you ever told a friend or loved one to “stay in touch”? Cell phones, palm pilots, instant messaging, web cams — these gadgets are designed to bring us all a little closer to each other. Yet there are so many in our world who feel more alone with each passing day.

Discerning God's will

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It’s easy to say that being in Grade 12 has been one of the best years so far in my life. But the pressure is on. Second semester is underway and the next steps are just around the corner.