Posts Tagged ‘Faith’

The enduring faith of a Bangladeshi Catholic farmer

Monday, November 13th, 2023

Khokon Rozario never misses the evening rosary with his wife and daughter, no matter how tired he might be after a long day working. “We thank God at the end of the day for all the blessings we receive,” the 52-year-old Catholic says with a smile. Rozario, a father of two, makes a living by Read more

“God is not in the minority!”

Monday, October 9th, 2023

God is not in the minority… This is an assertion I can make only through faith and Scripture. I believe that God’s presence is expressed in every heart and in every reality, beyond the signs and words (religious or otherwise) that express this presence. “The wind blows where it pleases; you can hear its sound, Read more

How not to focus on the negative, even when life is discouraging

Thursday, September 21st, 2023

In my ministry with LGBTQ people, I sometimes meet people who feel profoundly, even paralysingly, discouraged by the lack of forward movement in the Church. Even when something positive happens in the Church, they will say, “Not enough!” or “Too little, too late.” In his opening address to the Second Vatican Council, Pope St. John Read more

Why do I still go to church? It’s a good question

Thursday, September 21st, 2023

Every fall, our family returns to church. We don’t intentionally walk away during the summer months, but between vacations and camp drop-offs and lazy mornings and opportunities to see family and friends, we tend to tie our church attendance to the school calendar. Come September, we have to remind ourselves why it’s worth it to Read more

Teen goes global with rosary business

Monday, September 11th, 2023
faith and mission

Faith and mission are behind 15-year old William Henry’s international business selling rosaries. “My mission is to spread the power of the rosary and our faith to the world through my business,” Henry says. It all started a few years ago when a friend made Henry an Irish penal rosary made up of just one-decade, Read more

Jimmy Carter – An appreciation

Thursday, September 7th, 2023
jimmy carter

“Enough is enough! I’m writing the President!” After hitting the umpteenth brick wall, my wife had reached the end of her rope. As a Canadian citizen in America, married to an American, obtaining a green card for work should have been a walk in the park for her. But it wasn’t. After three years of Read more

Faith isn’t easy — more about uncertainty than certainty

Monday, July 31st, 2023

I’ve seen this observation attributed to theologian Paul Tillich and to popular Christian writer Anne Lamott, but it’s been expressed in one way or another by mystics and preachers across the centuries. It says that the opposite of faith isn’t doubt. Tillich, I believe, said doubt is a necessary part of faith. Lamott has said Read more

Negative spaces have value in art, life and theology

Monday, July 24th, 2023
Negative space

When I retired from teaching, I decided to try to learn to draw. I bought Betty Edwards’ highly recommended “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.” One of the ways to free the right brain from left brain control, writes Edwards, is to practice drawing negative spaces — the spaces that surround the objects Read more

Where there is doubt faith

Thursday, July 6th, 2023

Poor St Thomas, Apostle, whose feast we celebrated recently, can never live down that time he wasn’t in the room where it happened, when the risen Jesus first appeared to his disciples. The room was locked, concealing the fearful followers after Jesus’ crucifixion, so we may wonder, where was Thomas? Why wasn’t he there, hiding Read more

Secrets of the dying

Thursday, July 6th, 2023
Secrets of the dying

If there’s one patient I’ll always remember with special fondness, it’s Ron. Ron was in his late 80s, a bushman who valued his independence. He wouldn’t let Hospice visit him at home because he didn’t want the neighbours to know he was sick. But he did agree to me visiting him at the pub, so Read more