Faith

  • Dust, Bones and the Promise of Life

    Father Raymond de Souza finds in the rare coincidence of Ash Wednesday falling on Valentine’s Day a message for the heart in the midst of ashes.

    Ash Wednesday brings Catholics out in great numbers, including those who don’t frequently attend church. In New York City such is the desire to receive the penitential ashes that priests distribute them in the great hall of Grand Central Station.

    Thi...

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  • Lent All Year Long

    In the third of her series exploring the Rule of St. Benedict. Breanne Valerie discovers the founder of the Benedictine order saw Lenten practice as an every day event.

    I remember the first time I encountered the practice of Lent. The very first year I tried giving up sugar. I set out to read more scripture and pray more as a replacement, in an attempt to draw nearer to God. To my dismay, I failed horrib...

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  • Calling For True Pluralism

    Convivium returns to the testimonies of Convivium’s editor-in-chief and two regular contributors whose statements were highlighted in this week's Commons Heritage Committee report on a motion to combat religious discrimination.

    When the Commons Heritage Committee handed down its report this week on a motion to combat religious discrimination, including Islamophobia, Convivium’s editor-in-chief and two regular contributors were among the witnesses whose testimony was highl...

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  • The Real Zeal Deal

    Convivium regular contributor Brittany Beacham cautions that while a rush of zealous feeling can accomplish much in the world, real zeal is always governed by God.

    If I were to have been one of the 12 disciples, I think I would've been James or John. It may seem arrogant to claim similarity to two of Jesus' closest disciples, but I have always resonated with the nickname he gave them: Sons of Thunder.

    It was a ...

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  • Three Essentials To Reinforce Faith

    Beth Green, program director for Cardus Education, walks Convivium’s Peter Stockland through a new study showing why school matters as much as home and church in building a bedrock foundation for religious faith

    Convivium: How is the latest report from the Cardus Religious Schools Initiative (CRSI) applicable in a general way? What's ...

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  • A Novel View of the Gospel

    Convivium reviewer Lloyd Mackey finds David Kitz brings a dramatist’s gifts to his novel which re-tells the Passion story in The Soldier Who Killed a King. 

    In reading The Soldier Who Killed a King: A True Retelling of the Passion, by Ottawa’s David Kitz, I was aware of a certain déjà vu. The reason for that awareness became clear upon noting the bits of legalese on the requisite copyright pag...

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  • Will the State Hug Me When I Die?

    Father Deacon Andrew Bennett, director of the Cardus law program, argues Canadians of religious faith must be left free to choose what procedures their healthcare institutions provide. 

    For 18 months, Canadian governments have legally permitted assisted suicide on demand for patients suffering terminal illness whose condition is “grievous and irremediable.” It’s considered a choice people now have available to them.

    For Catholics, O...

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  • Battlefield Of Our Hearts

    This December Convivium's editor in chief, Father Raymond J. de Souza delivered this inspiring address to over 900 faithful young people of faith gathered in Ottawa to ring in the new year together at CCO's Rise Up. 

    You are a great sight! I wish that you could all see yourselves as I see you, or as I saw you last night. I said to Andre during Adoration – we were up at the front – “Turn around and look!” And he said, “I don’t allow myself to look as it is too overwhelmi...

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  • Diving Into Divine Community

    Today Convivium sits down with Beth Davis and Nell O'Leary of Blessed Is She, a Catholic women’s community committed to deepening a life of prayer, daily Scripture devotionals, and creating a supportive sisterhood that stretches across North America. 

    Convivium: If you were to describe the vision and mission of Blessed Is She for someone who had never encountered your community, what would you say?

    Beth Davis & N...

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  • The Pseudo-Voodoo of “You Do You”

    In helping young women grasp the fashion industry’s power to shape social attitudes, Shannon A. Joseph discovers an adolescent meme with almost magical potency to impair judgement. What do you think? Are you, your friends and family concerned about the effects of fashion on female high school students?

    I've been on the board of a charity called TREnDS for the past 5 years. Its mission is to equip teens girls to be come smart fashion consumers and to avoid the hypersexual, highly revealing fashions, currently marketed to teens and tweens (10-13 year olds)....

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  • Preston Manning’s Eternal Perspective

    John Weston finds a new book on leadership to be a crowning moment in the faithful and sagacious public life of the Reform Party founder

    No one has tried harder in leadership to move the dial away from glitz and towards good character than Preston Manning.  It’s fitting that he’s sought a crowning moment in his career by writing a scholarly and practical book on pursuing good character in le...

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  • St. Francis Xavier and Friendship for Mission

    Convivium editor in chief Father Raymond J. de Souza reports on the cross Canada pilgrimage of the relic of St. Francis Xavier. Learn more about the legacy of faith and friendship that St. Francis Xavier imparts to us all. 

    There is a large religious news story unfolding across the land, and it is being covered well by the regular mainstream news. A miracle? Not really, but it is about a miraculous relic.

    The forearm and hand of St. Francis Xavier, the 16th-c...

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  • Living A Different Answer

    Father Deacon Andrew Bennett, director of Cardus Law, celebrates Christmas with hundreds of Millennials  who respond to old holiday questions with a new zeal for Truth

    “So how was your Christmas?” “What did you get up to over the holidays?”

    These seemingly quite innocent questions linger in the air at this time of year in our schools, around the proverbial water cooler at work, in the university residences, and in ...

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  • The Wash Of Silence

    In her continuing series for Convivium seeking to put into daily life the lessons of the Rule of Saint Benedict, writer Breanne Valerie learns from stillness why God is a Person of few words

    I recently attended a workshop where the facilitator began with saying something along the lines of “with words people can open your spirit or close your spirit, and if there is anything I say or do today that closes your spirit in any wa...

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  • A Seriously Sorry New Year

    Changing the way we apologize, Cardus executive president Ray Pennings writes, can change the way we live our whole lives

    It’s traditional to head into a new year full of resolve fuelled by last year’s regret.

    Our commitment to renewed discipline, diets, and dream achieving over the coming 12 months are all too often driven by short-term over indulgence during Christmas...

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  • God With Us

    With the very advent of Christmas upon us, Brittany Beacham gives Convivium readers this irresistible reflection written from the pure-hearted beauty that is the full meaning of Christian faith.

    O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear.

    Through quiet towns, spoken words and silent thoughts, a single prayer moved through the heart of a nation. Come, Emmanuel. Ran...

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  • The Benedict Adventure

    One of the most controversial books of 2017 was Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option, which was criticized by many as advocating Christian retreat from the secular world. Convivium has asked writer Breanne Valerie to live out the monastic Rule of St. Benedict in her daily life as a busy social worker and Vancouverite.

    Obedience. These days it’s a dirty word.

    Society has baggage with this word. I have baggage with this word. And not a small carry-on that doesn’t take up much space. A large checked bag that is out of sight, out of mind.

    I am a woman who grew ...

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  • Faith Over Fear

    Fear, that chronic illness of the human condition, is best overcome by trust in God, Brittany Beacham writes. But, she counsels, keep an extra Winnie the Pooh nightlight handy just in case.

    I distinctly remember as a very young child curling up in my pink Disney “Aristocats” pajamas while my mom read me the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. I loved the story and I loved Snow White. I imagined living in a tiny cottage in...

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  • Every Moment Holy

    Do you have liturgy at the ready for ordinary life? Today, Convivium contributor Anthony Diehl reviews Doug Mckelvey's Every Moment Holy, a liturgical companion that baptizes the everyday in prayer. 

    A good liturgy gives us words to pray together in key formative moments of our discipleship: gathering to worship, confessing our sin, lamenting our suffering, confessing our faith, celebrating the Eucharist, baptism, marriage, and burying the dead. These p...

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  • Trinity Western Wishes

    Tomorrow, Prime Minister Trudeau offers an unprecedented apology to persecuted members of sexual minorities. On Thursday, Trinity Western University is before the Supreme Court of Canada arguing for its religious freedom. Having previously presented TWU's perspective, Convivium asks lawyers Mark Berlin and Douglas Judson about sexual politics and the law.  

    Mark Berlin wishes Trinity Western University well in its bid to establish a law school at the evangelical Christian institution in B.C.’s Fraser Valley.

    He also wishes TWU’s Community Covenant didn’t bar him f...

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  • Points of Christian Re-Formation

    On Monday night during a panel discussion at McGill University’s Newman Centre in Montreal, Cardus Executive Vice-President Ray Pennings set out five points that he, as a Reformed believer, considers vital if Christians are to re-form a divided Church into unified faith. 

    The 500th anniversary of the catalyzing events for the Reformation prompts appropriate reflection within various church communities, undoubtedly with very different assessments from our various perspectives.  However, discussing these matters wit...

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  • The Whole In The Tapestry

    Elizabeth Osgood has gone from being an engineering contractor for NASA to a novice nun with the Congregation of Notre Dame. Not such a giant leap, she tells Convivium’s Hannah Marazzi: just bringing together the strands that make God’s tapestry whole

    Convivium: You’ve been described as “the NASA Nun,” your story having garnered national interest and attention as Canadians learned about your unique transition from engineer to an engineer also entering into consecrated life. Did ...

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  • The Art Of Troubled Remembering

    Adrienne Dengerink Chaplin brought two artists to church on Remembrance Weekend: muralists from Northern Ireland’s Bogside neighbourhood who have memorialized that city’s bloody sectarian sorrows in order to create space for remembering, truth-telling and reconciliation. Almost miraculously, only one member of the congregation showed his anger

    The two minutes silence were finished; the trumpet had blown The Last Post; and we had all sung the hymn ‘Abide with Me,’ as we had faithfully done every year in our local Anglican church in Cambridge in the U.K. Many people in the congreg...

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  • 100 Years of Fortitude

    Convivium's editor in chief Father Raymond J. de Souza marks the anniversary of both the Sacred Heart of Mary parish and Queen's University's "Newman Club." 

    The Year of Our Lord 2017 has been rather full of notable anniversaries. Five hundred years since the Reformation, something that reminds us that our work across confessional lines at Cardus, Catholics and Protestants together in a common mission, is a bles...

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