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Why Black History Month?

I begin this article by quoting Rosemary Sadlier, who is the president of the Ontario Black History Society. She wrote, “When the contributions of people ...

Our faith calls us to engage

This year marks the 40th anniversary of my father’s election as a Member of Provincial Parliament. On that election night, I was interviewed by a ...
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A journey ends, another begins

This column will bring to an end my survey of the Hebrew Bible. This project started almost three years ago. It has been an interesting ...
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I experienced a ‘warming of the heart’

Brother Reginald Crenshaw, a member of the Order of the Holy Cross, is an honorary pastoral assistant at St. Paul the Apostle, Rexdale, and a ...
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Can you pass the stewardship quiz?

Over the past few years, we have covered a myriad of topics related to generosity, including personal commitment, discipleship, time and talent, outreach, proportionate giving, ...
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The Eucharist transforms my life

One morning in August, I realized, with great pleasure, that I could lift and carry a glass of orange juice from point A to point ...
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A happy green New Year

When I go to parishes for confirmations, sometimes with baptisms, I find that many services have not yet included the newest baptismal promise. It was ...

Refugees need our help

It was Oct. 28, 35 years ago. Our first daughter was just weeks away from her birth. They had arrived in Sutton – mother, father, ...
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The Psalms written over 1,000 years

Do you like to sing Christmas carols? I think most people do. One of the major complaints I have heard over my 50 years in ...
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Time to be very present

It has been a year of comings and goings in my family. Just before Easter, we welcomed a new granddaughter into our family. Baby Verity ...
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Ancient books full of wisdom

The third section of the Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible) is called the Ketuvim or “the Writings.” This was the last section to be added to ...
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We have a God of second chances

The way some televangelists and certain denominations tell it, all one has to do is “accept Jesus” and one’s life will be perfect from then ...
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Ten good stewardship habits

At this time each year, many parishes embark on intentional-giving pledge drives. It is a time of great anticipation, as volunteers take stock of their ...
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Poverty strategy needs firm goals

Archbishop Colin Johnson sent this letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne in September, in response to the government’s second phase of its Poverty Reduction Strategy. The ...
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Story helps us ponder evil

One of the problems with a monotheistic worldview is the problem of evil. In polytheism, people simply assign the presence of evil to one or ...
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‘I have learned to listen in new ways’

The Rev. Riscylla Walsh Shaw is the incumbent of Christ Church, Bolton, and an Ambassador of Reconciliation for the Diocese of Toronto. As an Ambassador ...
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Why are we still using envelopes?

What’s in your wallet? It might be fun to see what’s in there right now. When I tried it, my wallet contained two twenty dollar ...
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The blind are people, too

At first glance, the Bible has a rather limited view of people who are blind. We don’t see them successfully employed. They are usually pictured ...
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We can play a vital role

Respect for others, and in particular for those who differ from us, is of utmost importance. It is all right to be different. God has ...

Marriage can be a sign of hope

I presided at the wedding of a wonderful couple last weekend. I first met the bridegroom the week he was born and baptized him not ...
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