Faith

  • Changing the Climate for Faith and Science

    Katharine Hayhoe, one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2014, appreciates both science and faith. Hayhoe states: "I don’t accept global warming on faith: I crunch the data, I analyze the models, I help engineers and city managers and ecologists quantify the impacts."

    Katharine Hayhoe, one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2014, delivered three lectures relating to her field, climate science, three years ago this month, at Trinit...

    Read more...

  • Islamophobia in Parliament

    Convivum editor in chief, Father Raymond J. de Souza shares his testimony to The House of Commons Committee on Canadian Heritage on M-103. 

    OTTAWA – Islamophobia is certainly a bad thing. There are no good phobias, are there?

    In March, the House of Commons passed M-103, known as the “Islamophobia” motion, which called for the government to “condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic ...

    Read more...

  • Finding God In Nabeel Qureshi’s Loss

    Last week’s death of a multi-talented young Christian apologist underscores the necessity of following the truth no matter the cost, Convivium contributor Scott Ventureyra writes in this obituary for Nabeel Qureshi. 

    Last week, we lost one of the great ambassadors for Christ of our times. Nabeel Qureshi was only 33 when he was diagnosed with stomach cancer over a year ago.  He suffered tremendously over the past year but was always thankful and faithful to God for his m...

    Read more...

  • Shifting Seasons

    Convivium contributor Katie Maryschuk reflects on the shifting of seasons. As she prepares to head into her final year of university, Katie examines the way in which God has shaped her path forward. 

    I officially ended work on Friday August 25th. It was a glorious yet bittersweet day. Work’s end marked for me a moment of overcoming, a full circle space in time. Almost exactly a year ago to a day, I attended a Bethel worship concert with one of my closes...

    Read more...

  • Entering In

    To follow in the footsteps of the faithful who have come before shapes our path to glory. 

    The chapel of the Grande Séminaire de Montréal is not a place you walk through. Like faith, you enter into it, drawn inexorably forward by the its unusual shape that has the pews flanking the nave in parallel rows rather than branching off it at horizontall...

    Read more...

  • A New and Beautiful Encounter

    In a new collection of essays by Father Julián Carrón, reviewer Daniel Freeman finds an enriching approach to evangelization, one born of humility and bearing great hope.

    “The encounter with the beauty of Christ that shines through the face of a human being can become an arrow that wounds the soul, and so opens our eyes, allowing us to recognize him. This is what each of us is longing for, and our contemporaries with us....

    Read more...

  • The Rooted Wanderer

    The advent of digital nomadism, Josh Nadeau writes from experience, opens the door to home becoming pilgrimage, and roots becoming spirit to stretch instead of matter that restrains. 

    When one speaks of the omnipresent Millennial, a number of well-formed stereotypes come to mind. You have your vinyl-laden cultural connoisseurs, for example, or your selfie mavens (complete with seasonal latte) or experts in ‘90s nostalgia. While it’s ulti...

    Read more...

  • A Love Louder Than Noise

    The New York Times and National Post recently discovered the "trend" of young women entering religious orders to become nuns. Marlena Loughheed didn't need to read the news. She listened to her heart, and shares with Convivium why she answered the call to consecrated life.

    As a child, I wanted to be famous. It wasn’t so much that I wanted to be well known or revered. Rather, I wanted my life to matter. In my limited childhood understanding, fame was the reward for a life that mattered.

    These innocent childhood longings...

    Read more...

  • A Ban on Muslim Cemeteries is an Attack on us All

    Convivium Publisher Peter Stockland reflects on the impact that the vote against the creation of a Muslim cemetery in Saint-Apollinaire, Quebec has on all Canadian citizens. 

    It would be easiest and most gratifying to call residents of Saint-Apollinaire, Que., nasty, anti-Islamic bigots for saying non to having a Muslim cemetery in town.

    It might, for a handful of the tiny fraction of villagers who voted in last Sunday’s ...

    Read more...

  • The Kingdom In A War Zone

    Canadian nurse Emily Way recently returned from Iraq where she worked in a Samaritan’s Purse field hospital near the besieged city of Mosul. She discussed with Convivium’s Hannah Marazzi the impact on faith of treating the wounded and fallen in one of the world’s most brutal war zones.

    Convivium: First of all, what got  you connected to Samaritan’s Purse and this opportunity in particular?

    Emily Way: I have known about Samaritan’s Purse (SP) for as long as I can remember. My elementary and junior h...

    Read more...

  • Physically Metaphysical

    What ideology underpins our modern ways of thinking? What impact does that have in human flourishing? Fr. Joe Mroz examines the relationship between the way we think and the philosophy that brought us here.

    As startling as the idea of transgenderism is to many, even more startling is the totalitarian nature of its claims. 

    The nature of these claims, though, make sense against the background of modern philosophy, roughly from Descartes to Marx, which re...

    Read more...

  • Independent Image

    For nearly 30 years, Seattle-based Image journal has striven to combine the beauty of art and the mystery of faith without deferring to what founding editor Greg Wolfe calls “any single tribal group in society.” Convivium’s Hannah Marazzi asked him about the motivation and the struggles of such a venture. 

    Convivium: Founded in 1989, Image began as a work of literary and artistic love, and has endured and indeed flourished across the years to become one of America’s leading literary journals that seeks to bring the intersection of fa...

    Read more...

  • The Might of Modesty

    Father Tim McCauley reflects on questions of human dignity and respect as prompted by ever changing "summer fashions." Do you have a stance, opinion, perspective, or experience that relates to the conversation surrounding modesty? Add your voice to the conversation.  

    Fashions are not neutral accessories, but forms of self-expression loaded with meaning.  Blinded by gender ideology that trumpets the utter sameness in all respects of men and women, our culture ignores the harmful effects of the "barely-there" current summ...

    Read more...

  • Peak Season

    Convivium author Peter Stockland reflects on the mysterious collapse of motels and the spiritual significance that these places of refuge possess. 

    I learned on my summer vacation something I should have known long ago: that the word “motel” is a compound of “motor” and “hotel.”

    According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, it dates from 1925 when a publication called Hotel Monthly reported that...

    Read more...

  • The Language Of Ashes

    Surveying the smoke and clangour of current political (dis)engagement, Ottawa writer Ruth Dick echoes the wisdom of her grandfather’s life-long admonition: Listen to everyone.

    Think of the dumbfounded look on the face of the guy who runs out to the corner store for a pack of smokes and comes back to find his house in flames. 

    From family stories passed down to me, I know my grandfather had every good reason to be that guy’...

    Read more...

  • Dear Canada

    Today Convivium publishes an open letter, authored and affirmed at the Faith in Canada 150 Millennial Summit at the Ottawa Offices of Cardus, Canada’s faith based think tank, June 30, 2017. 

    Dear Canada,

    We write to you on the eve of the 150th anniversary of Confederation to affirm the role of faith in the formation of Canada in its past, today, and in future generations to come.

    We, delegates of the Faith in Canada 150 Millennial...

    Read more...

  • Anniversary Afterthoughts

    Convivium Editor in Chief Father Raymond J. de Souza reflects on the Canada Day celebrations that unfolded in early July. 

    I had the blessing of spending Canada’s 150th anniversary in Ottawa with my Cardus colleagues for various events that were most inspiring.

    It capped off six weeks in which I found myself for unrelated – but Providential? – reasons on Canad...

    Read more...

  • Psalm A Day

    To mark Canada’s 150th birthday, Providence Renewal Centre in Edmonton has initiated a 150-day prayer challenge. The challenge begins on Saturday, July 1. Read more about how you can get involved. 

    To mark Canada’s 150th birthday, Providence Renewal Centre in Edmonton has initiated a 150-day prayer challenge. The challenge begins on Satutrday, July 1.

    People throughout the city, province and across Canada are invited to pray, sing, or read a ps...

    Read more...

  • Simply About Freedom

    In the past two weeks, Ottawa lawyer Albertos Polizogopoulos has argued the case for conscience rights of doctors, and won a major freedom of information legal battle over publicizing statistics about abortion. Convivium Publisher Peter Stockland sat down with him to discuss the cases.

    Convivium: You’ve just argued for Ontario doctors conscience rights, and were part of the group that forced Ontario to release statistics on abortion. How are the issues linked?

    Albertos Polizogopoulos: Both have to ...

    Read more...

  • Beaming At The Vatican

    Editor in Chief Father Raymond J. de Souza reports on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's recent visit to the Vatican, delivering an insightful reflection on judgement, truth, and values. 

    Three weeks ago, Justin Trudeau knelt in the Sistine Chapel before The Last Judgement, Michelangelo’s depiction of the Risen Christ returning in awesome glory to render final judgement upon the saints and the damned. It is both sobering and salutar...

    Read more...

  • Montreal Irish Ready To Fight

    Convivium contributor Alan Hustak reports from Montreal on the construction plans slated for the mass grave of 6,000 Irish who died in the mid-19th century of famine. 

    A battle is brewing in Montreal that mixes faith, history and politics, and could pit the city Irish community against Hydro Quebec, Mayor Denis Coderre and even Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

    Each year, on the last Sunday of May, hundreds of Montrea...

    Read more...

  • Media Defined Faith

    Publisher Peter Stockland offers a compelling defence of how faith is inextricably tied to his identity and vocation as a journalist, thereby illuminating the public sphere and his place in it. 

    In a recent iPolitics column, veteran journalist Paul Adams argues persuasively that reporters should definitely pay attention to new Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s Christian faith.

    However, Adams insists such reporting should be well informed a...

    Read more...

  • Forgetting To Always Remember

    Cardus Senior Researcher Peter Jon Mitchell reflects on modern western society's discomfort with death and grief and the role that memory, faith, and religious communities can serve in the experience of public mourning. 

    There’s an old story sometimes shared during eulogies about an elderly women planning her funeral.

    “Burry me with a fork,” she tells her minister.

    “Yes, but may I ask why?” he inquires.

    She explains that as a child, when the dishes were...

    Read more...

  • Distinctly Quebec Education

    Analyzing data from the Cardus Education Survey, program director Beth Green fills Convivium readers in on the “distinct, positive advantages” of religious schools in Quebec. Find the link to the original research in the article. 

    Analyzing data from the Cardus Education Survey, program director Beth Green fills Convivium readers in on the “distinct, positive advantages” of religious schools in Quebec. The full report is available here...

    Read more...