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Campus, Campus Life, Carleton, CCO, Faith, Student Leadership -

“Every sinner has a future, and every saint has a past.” This is a quote a friend sent me a couple days ago that really stuck with him and I can say it really stuck with me as well.  We are all called to be saints and life is going to be rough and difficult at times, however this reminded me that even saints had rough pasts. So far this summer I know that God has been working in my life in many different ways. My only problem is hearing what he is saying and doing it. I know he...

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Calgary, Carleton, Dalhousie / St. Marys, Faith, Ottawa, Quebec, Queens, Ryerson, S.F.U., Saskatchewan, U.B.C. -

At the seminary we are encouraged to be involved in teaching catechism classes at local parishes, and one evening I was teaching about sin and the effects of confession. I was trying to be creative, and I was looking for a visual example for my lesson. A friend suggested using a bowl of water in which you put in a few drops of food colouring symbolizing sin, and then pour in some bleach to restore the water to clarity – symbolizing confession. It was a catastrophic failure: no matter how much bleach I poured in the water only turned progressively lighter shades of pink. Not...

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Calgary, Carleton, CCO, Dalhousie / St. Marys, Faith, Ottawa, Quebec, Queens, Ryerson, S.F.U., Saskatchewan, U.B.C. -

What just happened in the first 18 hours in Rome? I have never been one for small talk and conversations in Rome have been no different.  Things matter here. There are people of great influence: movers and shakers, leaders in the Church.  My first conversation moments after my arrival was with Henry Cappello, one of those movers and shakers. We did not talk about the weather, which by the way is sunny and warm. We talked about what is going on at the synod, what the Lord saying what we see coming out of the synod. Lots of meaty stuff....

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Calgary, Carleton, Dalhousie / St. Marys, Faith, Ottawa, Quebec, Queens, Ryerson, S.F.U., Saskatchewan, U.B.C. -

One of my personal hopes for the Synod is that the Church would communicate a clearer understanding of what evangelization is and what evangelization is not. I think there is a lot of confusion in this regard. I’ve heard some good people say that everything the Church does is evangelization. I don’t think that’s necessarily true. I think it can be true but we shouldn’t presume that everything the Church does is evangelization because the Church is the doer. Pope Paul IV wrote some very insightful words that help bring some clarity, he said, “the Church evangelizes when she seeks...

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Calgary, Carleton, Culture, Dalhousie / St. Marys, Faith, Life, Ottawa, Quebec, Queens, Ryerson, S.F.U., Saskatchewan, U.B.C. -

Time to get away from it all! Well, maybe not everything. Some of us have been laboring at our summer semester studies, others at our summer jobs. Some have been laboring on a nice iced drink while on a  summer getaway. No matter what kind of summer we’ve been having, the next few weeks are bound to be filled with vacation activities. We cannot forget, though, that rest is not simply a state of avoiding activity, and certainly our Faith is not just another activity that we try to escape. In reality, the very foundation of our human essence is...

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