Faith

  • In Memory of Jack

    In his last years, I really only knew him through the blog he and his loved ones kept as he journeyed down the lonely, terrifying road of ALS. Of course, his stories show much more than loneliness and fear. There was also a lot of hope and love and a resilient courage under it all. . . . . . . . . .

    I’m not going to say I was close to him because, really, I wasn’t. After he left the school I only saw him a handful of times at various community events. He would be a bit weaker each time. First it was a slight tremor of the hands, then a general wobbling...

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  • Reflections from the Camino: Part II

    Six years ago, I peered over my mother’s shoulder to read the laptop screen in front of us. The thought occurred to me that this was another one of Mum’s crazy ideas. Yet as I read the screen and listened to the excitement in my mother’s voice, something drew me in. My mother, Susan, was going to hike the Camino Francés.

    Last fall, Cardus’s Julia Nethersole walked Spain’s 775-kilometre Camino Francés. Find the first section at Reflections from the Camino: Part I.

    Six years ag...

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  • Christian Lawyers and Doctors Need Not Apply

    In 2014, lawyers and doctors were targeted by their own professional associations for direct attack because of their religious beliefs. For Christian lawyers, the first salvo was fired at Trinity Western University’s law school. TWU, which exists to “develop godly Christian leaders” in a variety of marketplaces, requires its students and staff to sign a Community Covenant.

    It has become a scary time to be a Christian professional in Canada.

    In 2014, lawyers and doctors were targeted by their own professional associations for direct attack because of their religious beliefs.

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  • Merry Christmas

    They had been given private space in which to play but insisted on hogging all the chairs and tables in the public areas. Worse, the winners of each game would showboat aggressively around, shouting at length about how great they were.

    A friend clued me in recently to some surprisingly unreported mayhem at one of Ottawa's toniest hotels. Apparently there was a near riot in the lobby when the manager confronted a delegation of—get this—international chess grandmasters.

    They had bee...

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  • Stealing Past the Dragons

    Marilynne Robinson is a 21st century successor to Flannery O’Connor and C.S. Lewis, with less shouting and fantasy.

    Almost no two writers of the 20th century quite captivate the Christian imagination the way Flannery O'Connor and C.S. Lewis do. Almost. I know the century gave us—if centuries really can give such things—the inimitable riches of Tolkien's Middle Earth, the...

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  • A Publisher Who Took a Stand

    Link ByfieldThe subject of his praise was Link Byfield, former publisher of Alberta Report magazine, policy activist, and politician. The occasion was a tribute hosted by the Manning Centre in Calgary for Byfield's lifetime of work and commitment.

    As is so often the case in Canadian politics these days, Preston Manning said it most eloquently. "You integrated faith with things the world tries to keep separate," the former Reform Party leader and now silver eminence of the conservative movement said t...

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  • Come

    Photographer Conor Sweetman prompts the viewer to reflect on Pope John Paul II's Letter to Artists in April of 1999.

    Light illuminates shadow. The ancient hall beckons, "Come." The door obscured under the brilliance of light. Photographer Conor Sweetman's frame brings to mind the verse,"In the quiet you will find Me." The beauty of the hall is featured so as to prompt the...

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  • Awe

    Photographer Conor Sweetman captures a sweep of architectural space created entirely for worship of the divine. 

    The ceiling sweeps towards the sky, the seats, prepared to hold those come to worship stretch in a sea of anticipation throughout the space. Photographer Conor Sweetman's shot captures the beauty...

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