Articles from October, 2013

Defeating the poverty of indifference

On a wet, chilly Saturday morning in October, something wonderful but odd happened at my parish. Wonderful because it was during the Mass in which young people and their parents took part in a Confirmation enrolment ceremony. Odd because the promises that parents and the confirmandi made ought to be obvious and as natural as breathing for all who were there. We, the parents of the Confirmation class, promised to support our children by attending Mass each week and following a ... (Continue reading)

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Of Blood and Guts and Ancient Romans

When I hear a screaming child in a department store, I try not to draw attention to the commotion. Kids are kids. They scream, they cry, they laugh—whether it be at home, on the potty, in the store, wherever. There was one time, however, that I couldn’t tear my eyes away. A little girl, perhaps about three, had found one of those fake, life-sized, moving, cackling witches and had chained herself in fright to her dad’s neck. I couldn’t help ... (Continue reading)

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Young in the Spirit: Spiritual Strengthenng for Seniors and Caregivers

Young in the Spirit: Spiritual Strengthening for Seniors and Caregivers ISBN: 978-0-96774-495-7 125 pages, softcover $10.95 US According to Statistics Canada, the years between 2010 and 2031 will see an accelerated rate in the aging population since during this period all baby boomers will have turned sixty-five. By the year 2036, between 23% and 25% of the population will be comprised of seniors aged sixty-five and over. The number of seniors by 2036 will be double the number of seniors in 2009. In the United ... (Continue reading)

The Pope Francis effect (or why I’m having a tough time)

I have a confession. I'm having a tough time adjusting to Pope Francis. I admit that I'm a Pope Benedict XVI fan girl and I'm still getting over Pape Bene's understandable departure. It's like when your best friend moves far away and no matter how hard you try, you can't help but compare all your other friends to him. Or when you're at an extended family gathering and both your grandads are there and even though you respect both of them, ... (Continue reading)

Should Women be Educated?

The topic of women’s education has been making the social media rounds and I’m sure more than a few feminists have flown into fits of rage because of it. The whole thing seems to have started with a blog post touting eight reasons parents should not send their girls, specifically, to college. They reasons are the following: She will attract the wrong type of man (only good-for-nothing men go to university). She will be in the near occasion of sin (universities are dens of ... (Continue reading)

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On unemployed youth and forgotten elderly

There's a great line in the book Ten Dates Every Catholic Should Know by Diane Moczar. In writing about the downfall of Rome, she quotes an historian's description of the Roman Empire before its demise, "a terrifying sluggishness of the whole population." For me, this phrase denotes aimlessness, a lack of motivation and initiative, a sense of malaise and apathy. She further elaborates on the economic crisis, political corruption, sensual depravity, decadence, disregard for human life, worldliness of the clergy, and pagan ... (Continue reading)

The Secret Life of the American Fairy Tale

It's pretty easy these days to see that the world isn't doing so well. Babies are murdered by the thousands because they are inconvenient, divorce rates are sky-high, and the government of the country that once played the role of superhero for the world has shut itself down for the personal gain of its members. It’s obvious that the world, in accordance with its habits, has gotten pretty messed up. Of course, life is not a fairy tale, as people ... (Continue reading)

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Interview with Pakistan Archbishop Emeritus Lawrence Saldanha

Archbishop Lawrence John Saldanha’s humble beginnings as a priest began upon his ordination on 16 January 1960 in Lahore, Pakistan. As a young priest studying in Rome, he obtained a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology and was secretary to Lahore’s bishop during the opening of Vatican II. While serving the diocese of Lahore, he held various positions. Between 1966 and 1973, he was the secretary of Caritas, Pakistan, which is part of the world’s largest humanitarian network. He was editor at ... (Continue reading)

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