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Bowling bumpers and beatitude

There’s something hilarious about watching young kids and pre-teens bowl. The funky shoes go on, the digital screens display their nicknames, and the bumpers come up. On a muggy spring night I watched a group of fifty kids (including 3 of mine), ranging from 7 – 15

Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine

“Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine, there’s always laughter and good…” coffee? (original quote is a poem by Hilaire Belloc) My husband and I were on vacation recently, visiting a small town on the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. We grabbed a Tim Hortons and sat on

Fishing and tradition

One of the great life skills handed down from generation to generation is fishing. That’s why early one Saturday morning in Spring, my sons and I sat perched in our 12-foot aluminum boat. We had our fishing rods in hand, hope in our hearts, and no clue

Suffering for the sake of others

Have you ever had a sleepless night? Going a night with little to no sleep can completely derail one’s ability to function the next day. Now imagine having a sleepless or restless night for an entire year. Unfortunately, I have been battling insomnia for the better part

Childlike on Sundays

My almost-two-year-old loves Sunday Mass at our parish. He knows that in the gym, next to the main building, awaits his utopia of tricycles and other toys. As soon as we settle ourselves in the pew on Sunday, he is already making his way over. Unfortunately, that

St. Ignatius of Loyola

Not many people have interesting stories that include cannonballs. They usually spell disaster, as cannonball wounds are hard to recover from. However, getting struck by one was the event that God used to wrench St. Ignatius of Loyola out of a grand military career, and to call

Pokémon Go and Church?

We live across the street from an Anglican church. Over the last week, I’ve noticed that it has become a gathering ground for groups of people, particularly young people. They didn’t seem to be going into the church, just simply congregating outside. I was really curious, and

Kindness, With a Twist of Lemonade

After several days of sun, we got a real scorcher here in BC. The temperature was up, shorts were on, and mouths were parched – perfect for a lemonade stand. All 6 of my kids were gung-ho to get the makeshift table out, the lemons squeezed, and

When I'm at a Loss for Words: The Rosary

The conversation started with my friend’s five-year-old daughter directing where the cutlery goes on the table. He added, “She also leads our family in the nightly rosary.” Before long, the joke turned into a real conversation about prayer and devotion. My friend, after admitting that he was

Feast of St. John Fisher (and St. Thomas More)

Each year, CCO in Kingston hosts a fundraising event known as the St. John Fisher Dinner. Queen’s University chaplain, Fr. Raymond de Souza (an alumnus of Cambridge where St. John Fisher was chancellor), encouraged the patronage due to the saint’s relevance to university life, his courageous faith,

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