Featured Artist: Angus McIntyre

Featured Artist: Angus McIntyre

By . Tags:

In every issue of Kolbe Times, we like to highlight the work of an artist we admire. This fall, we realized that we didn’t have far to look for someone who is passionate about creativity – our own graphic designer, Angus McIntyre. Continue reading

G-Dog: Nothing Stops a Bullet Like a Job

G-Dog: Nothing Stops a Bullet Like a Job

By . Tags:

A tough-looking young man looks directly into the camera and says with a crooked grin, “G-Dog is cool, he’s a homeboy, a homey, one of our own.” Who would guess that the canine in question is Father Greg Boyle, a Jesuit priest? Continue reading

The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen

The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen

By . Tags:

With the theme of “Mercy” for this issue of Kolbe Times, it seemed the perfect chance for me to read and review The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming by Henri Nouwen. Continue reading

The Rich and Poor Have This in Common – Poetry

The Rich and Poor Have This in Common – Poetry

By . Tags:

All these signs of contradiction in my midst
The modern lepers who I refuse to kiss
I cannot deny the mystery that they are blessed Continue reading

Changing Hearts and Minds through Tender Mercy

Changing Hearts and Minds through Tender Mercy

By . Tags:

The subject of mercy should concern us all. There can hardly be any who do not need it — there are surely none who cannot use it. Mercy is the denominator of Christ. In an early homily, Pope Francis argued that “Mercy is the Lord’s most powerful message,” and he called on the Church to exert this as a daily necessity. Continue reading

Calgary Dream Centre: A Focus on Compassion

Calgary Dream Centre: A Focus on Compassion

By . Tags:

The inspiration behind the Calgary Dream Centre can be summed up in one word – transformation. It’s a word that not only refers to the homeless, disenfranchised men who call this place home. Transformation also figures largely in the life story of the Dream Centre’s Executive Director, Jim Moore. Continue reading

Letting in the Light: Cultivating Self-Mercy

Letting in the Light: Cultivating Self-Mercy

By Aaron Ellsworth. Tags:

At St. Mary’s I had so many touching moments, profound moments, and moments of compassion that it is difficult to choose which to share here. I could write about Dr. Henderson’s phrase: “Do the best you can under the circumstances”, which now helps me be kinder to myself. Continue reading

Olivier Messiaen: Music Beyond Time

Olivier Messiaen: Music Beyond Time

By . Tags:

Though Olivier Messiaen is often considered to be one of the most influential and celebrated composers of the twentieth century, for many people he is someone yet to be discovered. What do we know about Olivier Messiaen? Continue reading

Corps Bara Youth Dance Company: “Mercy”

Corps Bara Youth Dance Company: “Mercy”

By Ainsley Sudds. Tags:

Corps Bara Dance Theatre is a Calgary based dance company composed of two initiatives, a Project Company of Professional Dancers and a Youth Company of Dancers aged 9-18. Unique in Canada, the youth company is a welcoming environment for young dancers who wish to explore the intersection of dance and Christian spirituality. Continue reading

“Once You Know”: The Spirit of Mercy in Rwanda

“Once You Know”: The Spirit of Mercy in Rwanda

By Valerie Kae Ken. Tags:

I have an expression that I use when talking about working in developing countries: “Once you know, you can never not know.” This comes out of witnessing first-hand the effects of poverty on those who suffer. Continue reading