The Incredible Impact of the Smallest Acts of Kindness

If you've ever been to Costco with a toddler you probably know the routine.When the clerk checks your receipt against the items your cart at the exit doors they'll often warmly greet your little munchkin, flip over your receipt, and draw a smiley face with their marker on the back.It's a small reward for surviving the often apocalyptic shopping experience that is Costco with a toddler, but it's impact can be much, much greater than that.And today, it was.With a grumpy, teething … [Read more...]

I Used To Be A Christian

This post is a part of the Patheos Catholic Channel series, "Catholicity: Identity and Its Discontents." Read more here.I used to be a Christian.As a fifteen year-old, my conversion to Christianity was something radical. Out of all the stories that we tell ourselves, about ourselves, this was one of the ones that defined me.I was a Christian.And I was the whole kit and caboodle: a sinner right down to the core but trying hard. I read my Bible and prayed; I went to youth group and … [Read more...]

Let’s Not Kill Each Other: Canada’s Euthanasia Crisis

While America entertains itself with the likes of Donald Trump and the Presidential Primaries its neighbour to the north Canada, my home and native land, inches itself towards what’s bound to be a monumental decisions with repercussions on both sides of the border.Euthanasia. State-sponsored suicide.And by “inches” I mean “barrels towards it at a breakneck speed.”A bit of background.In Canada, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees individuals protected rights, as interpret … [Read more...]

Jesus Was A Refugee

Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, “Out of Egypt I have called my son."--- Gospel of St. Matt … [Read more...]

What Should We Do With Bad Catholics?

I went to a Pentecostal church as a teenager.There was a car parked in the parking lot, every Sunday, with the license plate 1MASTER.It was a Mercedes Benz.Even as a teenager, myself full of contradiction, I sensed the sublime irony immediately.One master? Did he mean God or money?It was wonderfully ambiguous.And no, I knew the gentleman who drove that car, and he didn't have a sense of humour. Where to Score Some WeedGrowing up, the Catholic high school … [Read more...]