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

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Of purging and all things purgatorial…

March 17, 2017

For the first 10 years or so of married life, my husband and I hauled around at least three huge boxes of textbooks. Every time we moved, we’d pack them up and take them to the next house, and there they would sit in our attic or storage room…until the next move. I finally somehow… Read More ›

The Vulnerability of God

When you think of God, what image first comes to mind? If you read the Old Testament, it’s easy to focus on His omniscience, His power and might, for this is the God we see on nearly every page. But that’s not the whole story. The New Testament reveals another side of God – the… Read More ›

Merry Christmas, EVERYONE!!!

Christmas means different things to different people. For Catholics and Christians, the meaning of Christmas centers around the celebration of the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ. But for people of other faiths (and those who do not profess any faith at all), Christmas is still a reason to celebrate. After all, it’s a national… Read More ›

Living with the person who annoys you most

My kids and I were at the doctor’s office the other day, and we couldn’t help but notice the fish tank in the waiting room. Not that the tank was all that exciting, but one big fish kept chasing another smaller fish around, as if they were playing together. At first we were amused, but… Read More ›

Meeting my grandson for the first time: A new perspective on the gender debate

My daughter and son-in-law are expecting their first baby and we couldn’t be more thrilled. We’re going to be grandparents! And if that weren’t exciting enough, we found out recently that it’s a boy – a grandson. When the ultrasound technician asked Paige and Lewis whether they wanted to know the sex of their baby,… Read More ›

Dear Mr. Eggen…

Dear Mr. Eggen, I am sure by now you’ve received hundreds of letters from other Albertans expressing their concerns about the recently released Guidelines for Best Practices: Creating Learning Environments that Respect Diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities and Gender Expressions. I’ve read many such letters online from doctors and lawyers, from Catholic bishops, and from… Read More ›

Meeting Christ in the Wal-Mart Parking Lot

Last week I had to go to Wal-Mart for a few things. It’s my go-to place when I need all those random items that would otherwise have me driving to four different stores – things like light bulbs, hamster food, socks, and popcorn. As I got out of my car and hit the lock button,… Read More ›

Yoga: The Catholic Position

To say that yoga has become popular in our Western culture would be a gross understatement. Not only is yoga offered at practically every exercise facility in North America, you’ll also find it at community centres, churches, and perhaps even your kids’ Catholic school. What are we to make of all this? What is it… Read More ›

A Confession Primer for Cradle Catholics (and the rest of us!)

I’ve come to love and appreciate the Sacrament of Reconciliation over the years, but it wasn’t always that way. For a long time, I suffered from “confession avoidance” and had all the accompanying excuses: I don’t really need to go… I’ll feel embarrassed… I forget how this works… Confession? Who has time?… What do I… Read More ›

Parenthood: Lessons in Diplomacy from the Cold War

On a long car trip recently, I was listening to a book on the life of Saint John Paul II called The End and the Beginning.1 In it, the author describes the Pope’s role in helping to bring down communism and dismantle the Soviet Union. Because I was just a kid in 1978 when Karol Wojtyla was… Read More ›