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      Isabel and her Sword

      I travelled back to Calgary for my Christmas holidays, and one of the most entertaining elements of my two weeks there was spending time...

      Double standards: the EU, seals, and abortion

      Q. What are the sins that cry to heaven for vengeance? A. ...defrauding laborers of their wages. - Quebec Catechism, 1871On 25 November 2013, the...

      Blessings in the cold and dark

      At about one o'clock in the morning on the twenty-second day of December, an ice storm blasted through Toronto and the surrounding area, turning...

      Christmas 1856-style

      Ever seen American Girl dolls? The dolls are based on characters from different time periods and come with long, detailed stories about where they...

      Cutting a Christmas Tree

      "Father Christmas throws out with the same gigantic gesture the prig who can only sneer at the Christmas pudding and the snob who can...

      Christmas Cake

      Recipe for Christmas Cake, brought over from Ireland to Pontiac County Quebec by Mrs. Ryan some time in the 1800s. Written out by Lola...

      The Year of Faith in Nazareth

      On Sunday, 17 November, over six thousand pilgrims attended the International Day of Faith in Nazareth, a collaboration of the Israel Ministry of Tourism...

      O antiphon, O antiphon..

      These last few days before Christmas bring all kinds of crazy out of the woodwork, don’t they? It really is ironic how rude and...

      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...