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Today we are so fortunate to have a testimony from a former CCO staff, Marlena Loughheed. Marlena served a Vine year with CCO in 2008 and has since gone on to many new adventures including journalism school, an internship with the Holy See's Mission to the United Nations and is currently working for the Office of Public Relations and Communications for the Archdiocese of Toronto. I was 20 when I decided to take time off from my undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa and apply for the Campus VINE program. I was accepted and assigned to work with a...

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Attila the Hun, Calgary, Campus, Carleton, Dalhousie / St. Marys, Featured, history, Home, Noah, Ottawa, Pompeii, Pope Francis, Pope Leo, Quebec, Queens, Ryerson, S.F.U., Saskatchewan, Scott Roy, Surprises, The Cross, The Five, the flood, The Incarnation, Titanic, U.B.C., Vesuvius -

“Hello, it's Pope Francis”, was what one 19 year-old Italian student heard from the other end of the phone a few weeks ago – it wasn't a prank, it was really the pope. Stefano Cabizza had written Pope Francis a note about his life, hopes and dreams and much to his surprise, the pope called him on it, literally. I love surprises, and I believe part of the attraction is tactical advantage. It can gain one both courage and confidence, but can else enhance both pleasure and pain. Aristotle once said, “the secret to humour is surprise”. That gels well...

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Calgary, Campus, Carleton, Dalhousie / St. Marys, Emma Brown, Featured, Home, Ottawa, Quebec, Queens, Ryerson, S.F.U., Saskatchewan, shallowness, summer blogs, U.B.C., what you are, who you are -

I’ve been the one inviting and coaxing Carleton students to submit blog entries this summer. So, as the summer comes to an end, I figured it was only fair that I should submit one myself. I’ve so enjoyed opening up my inbox each week to find a beautiful and honest story of someone’s spiritual life, in the form of a blog entry. There seems to be a crisis of shallowness in the world today. When I think of my many daily interactions with friends, family and acquaintances, most of them are comprised of the mundane details of life. We talk...

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Calgary, Campus, Carleton, Dalhousie / St. Marys, Free Spirits, Heresy, Home, Luciferians, Missionary Identity, Ophites, Ottawa, Quebec, Queens, Reincarnationism, Ryerson, S.F.U., Saskatchewan, Scott Roy, Serpent, Sethians, The Five, U.B.C. -

Our deepest identity as Catholics is missionary (for more on that, pick up this great book). That being said, as we bring the clear and simple message of the Gospel to others, we want to be communicating the fullness of truth, and not our own variation of it. “He must increase, but I must decrease,” John the Baptist remarked (John 3:30), and we would be well to adopt that attitude - but that’s easier said than done sometimes. Throughout history some crazy ideas have been hatched and presented, and only by the grace of God, working through the Church, have...

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Brazil, Campus, Carleton, Featured, Fr. Allan MacDonald, Home, pilgrims, Prayer, Therese Barrett, tourists, WYD RIO 2013 -

"Pilgrims - not Tourists" This was the message of a talk given to our group of 29 university-age students by Fr. Allan MacDonald before setting off for World Youth Day in Brazil. For three weeks, we weren't going to be in control of things: we wouldn't be able to pick exactly what we’d want to eat; we might not be sleeping in beds; we might have to walk a couple of kilometers with all of our luggage on our backs. We were warned it would be hard, but that that was part of being on a pilgrimage. I hadn't fully...

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