Photography can instill, even in the age of incessant rapid fire digital images, the sacred virtue of patience. Standing on a bridge over the Rideau Canal during morning rush hour in downtown Ottawa, I saw this young woman astride her paddle board poling herself north toward the locks. I knew she'd eventually have to turn and come back so I waited, poised above, until she rowed directly below me. On a waterway built as a 19th century response to fear of invasion by Americans, one now plied each summer by lavishly expensive pleasure craft, she became a figure of solitude and peace, leaving the traces of her oar's movement in ephemeral rings on the canal's surface.
In a secular age, there is a push to strip the public square of all signs of faith. But freedom of religion and freedom of expression are the bare basics for a people to call themselves free. Convivium is a voice for the rightful role of faith and for people of faith in our pluralistic society.