Articles by Rebecca Darwent
June 18, 2019
In the premature deaths of two young priests and in the hand-made rosary she carries with her, Convivium’s Rebecca Darwent finds incarnate reminders to affirm God’s gift of life even at its end.
The “yes” of Our Lady, which I reflect on each and every time I say the prayers of the rosary Now that he’s gone, the rosary holds the memory of someone who is looking down, united in prayer with us each time we celebrate Mass
May 27, 2019
Stopping for midday Mass at Ottawa’s downtown Cathedral, Convivium’s Rebecca Darwent encounters an impromptu young choir that moves her heart to honour anew Our Lady, Mary, the Mother of God.
After Mass had ended, I overheard someone I presumed to be their teacher ask for a blessing on the group, and whether they could please sing while standing in the aisle of the Cathedral ...
May 10, 2019
After a week where she watched a film that takes viewers inside the U.S. abortion industry, then observed the annual March for Life on Parliament Hill, Convivium’s Rebecca Darwent says Canadians must be allowed to debate the “choice” being made.
The film does not apologize for its themes or any of the explicit material that shows the ins and outs of life at an abortion clinic I felt as though I was inside an abortion clinic and, in some ways, could almost reconcile what I saw: women trying to help other women, give them a choice and a solut...
May 8, 2019
Convivium’s Rebecca Darwent reports on a recent Cardus forum exploring the differing formative impacts of school and family on children.
Pennings, the think tank’s executive vice-president, and his Cardus Education Program team gave a sneak preview of survey data involving 29 factors with specific questions about the influences that may alter a child’s development ...
May 6, 2019
Convivium writer Rebecca Darwent missed the last once-in-a-hundred-year inundation of her Ottawa neighbourhood. Two years later, even worse flooding has taught her the meaning of community.
I live in a community that was affected by floods only two years ago, and which found itself filling hundreds of sandbags, but there is still a certain feeling of distance from the devastation as the waters didn’t touch my own home The beauty of the waterfront home held a certain appeal, but she – l...