"Everyone who belongs to the Truth hears my voice…" (John 18:37)

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April showers bring May… pilgrims!

April 10, 2018

  “When April with his showers sweet with fruit The drought of March has pierced unto the root… Then do folk long to go on pilgrimage.”[1] – Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales prologue Chaucer was one of the first authors to write in English, for all to share, rather than in the languages of the learned.  Dear… Read More ›

Watch and Pray!

“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41 Lent, the 40 days that precede Easter, is a time set aside by the Church to help prepare our hearts for the celebration of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus.  Through penance,… Read More ›

Mindfulness vs. Christian Meditation: A Catholic Perspective

‘Mindfulness’ has become a bit of a buzzword these days, and to be honest, I haven’t always understood what’s involved. I initially regarded it simply as the practice of being attentive and aware. But the practice of mindfulness goes beyond that description. In the modern clinical sense of the word, it refers to a type… Read More ›

Waiting for the Real (Presents) Presence

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” For many of us, those familiar words conjure up nostalgic memories of Christmases long past: images of blazing fireplaces, the aroma of roasting turkey, joy, laughter, and lots of hot chocolate. But this year our weather has been unseasonably warm, and Jack Frost hasn’t exactly been nipping… Read More ›

Proud to be Catholic

My husband, Henry, and I recently had the privilege of serving as co-chairs for the Bishop’s Dinner in Calgary, Alberta. It’s an annual gathering, and this year the focus was on raising funds to support and empower young people. The event was sold out, and when I arrived, I found myself surrounded by close to… Read More ›

Perfectionism and the Pursuit of Excellence

Many years ago, when my daughter was about 10 years old, she decided to enter an Easter colouring contest. The prize was a gift certificate at a nearby shopping mall, and as she had her eye on a music box there, she set about the task of colouring her Easter bunny with special care. Unfortunately,… Read More ›

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

“May I never boast of anything but the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ!” (Gal 6:14) Catholics celebrate the Exaltation of the Holy Cross each year on September 14th.1 At first glance, this feast might appear somewhat puzzling – akin to presenting the electric chair as something we ought to praise, aspire to, and embrace…. Read More ›

The Consecration of Canada: Under Our Lady’s Mantle

July 1st, 2017 is an auspicious day in Canada’s history, not only because it is the 150th anniversary of our country, but also because the Bishops of Canada have chosen to mark this great occasion by consecrating our nation to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary.1 This is not the first time such… Read More ›

The Benedict Option

The Benedict Option is a New York Times Bestseller that has been described as the “most discussed and most important religious book of the decade.”1 When it was published, it set off a firestorm of dialogue among Christians; you need only google “Benedict Option” to find an abundance of opinions and reviews, both glowing and… Read More ›

In Search of the Holy Spirit

“Virtues are formed by prayer. Prayer preserves temperance. Prayer suppresses anger. Prayer prevents emotions of pride and envy. Prayer draws into the soul the Holy Spirit, and raises man to heaven.” – St. Ephrem the Syrian, Doctor of the Church (306-373) Although the chocolate is long gone and the decorations have been packed away, it… Read More ›