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      Making a bread oven

      A bread oven is simply a dry hollow pile of mud and straw in which a fire is built. When the fire dies down,...

      Pope Francis’ Letter to Israel

      To His Beatitude Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem,I send cordial greetings to you, your brother bishops, and all those gathered in Nazareth as...

      Blessed Pope John-Paul II: “Families become what you are”

      On a recent Saturday morning, I had the privilege of speaking to the Raising Faith-Filled Kids Group at the Newman Centre in Toronto. We...

      A closet full of suits

      He’ll spend his weekends dressed in ripped jeans and painfully terrible lumberjack shirts. During the weekday evenings he’ll exit his suit after work with...

      A Christmas Carol

      Our December artist, Ben Hastings, is the sixth of ten children and was raised in Texas hill country and grew to adulthood in Alaska. He...

      The elderly who are isolated and abandoned

      As I walked through the lobby of the assisted living facility, I saw him again—the elderly gentleman whom I had greeted three hours earlier....

      Why I blog and why you should too

      Computer technology, social media and its users have been stigmatized and blamed for much of the world’s problems. Everything from illiteracy to a decrease...
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      The Power of Thanksgiving

      November 28th was Thanksgiving here in the United States. This year Thanksgiving appears to be the least appreciated holiday of the year. For the...

      Advent: waiting like Mary and Joseph

      I have just finished my annual routine of climbing into the attic and hauling out the box that stores our much-used Advent wreath. Candles?...

      The ghost

      “This way,” he said; “mind the steps by the staircase. This house is more crooked and old-fashioned than you would think from its snobbish...