Are you bold enough to ask for a Miracle?

All saints have unique graces and charisms given to them by our Lord. Did you know that one of St. Francis Xavier’s charisms was the ability to raise the dead? He didn’t raise just one or two people from the dead. Over the course of his lifetime,

Why We at CCO are So Excited about the St. Francis Xavier Relic Pilgrimage

Canada’s 150th Anniversary The relic pilgrimage of St. Francis Xavier is a gift for the Church in Canada as we close our 150th anniversary year. This Pilgrimage will bring the first class relic of St. Francis Xavier to North America for the first time in generations. This

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