St. Mary’s Church: Something Beautiful for God

St. Mary’s Church: Something Beautiful for God

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Whether we find ourselves in a pristine forest, a small town or a big city, Jesus invites us to “Come away with Me to a quiet place and rest awhile.” (Mark 6:31) In the following three articles, we visit three very different “sacred places”, rich in aesthetic experiences. Continue reading

Quiet Places, Sacred Spaces

Quiet Places, Sacred Spaces

By Michelle Newsham. Tags:

King’s Fold Retreat and Renewal Centre is situated on 166 acres of prime recreational land straddling the Ghost River in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, about a one hour drive northwest of Calgary. We are committed to hospitality as the expression of the openhearted welcome of God. Continue reading

Serenity in the City

Serenity in the City

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St. Joseph Church was built on the northern outskirts of Calgary in 1912, during one of the city’s first “boom times”, when the population was spiraling upward and the mood was one of great optimism. Now, over 100 years later, the church still proudly stands as a beacon of faith on Calgary’s north hill. Continue reading

Jesus: A Pilgrimage by Fr. James Martin, SJ

Jesus: A Pilgrimage by Fr. James Martin, SJ

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James Martin has succeeded beautifully. He has written a book that can engage both committed Christians and those who know nothing of Jesus. Starting from the conviction that Christ is fully human and at the same time fully divine, Martin fleshes out this startling enigma by revealing a Jesus who ‘sweated and sneezed and scratched’ but who also truly rose from the dead. Continue reading

Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46: 10)

Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46: 10)

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Silence is a gift. It creates space where you can meet God. Silence heals.
I was not aware of these profound truths 20 years ago when my husband and I went for our first weekend marriage retreat at Mount St. Francis Retreat Centre in Cochrane, Alberta. What we didn’t know was that it was a silent retreat. Continue reading

Hide and Seek – Poetry

Hide and Seek – Poetry

By Malcolm Guite. Tags:

Ready or not, you tell me, here I come!
And so I know I’m hiding, and I know
my hiding-place is useless. You will come
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Keegan Starlight and the Bishop Grandin High Water Project

Keegan Starlight and the Bishop Grandin High Water Project

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Keegan Starlight, a member of the Tsuu T’ina Nation, is an artist and former student of Bishop Grandin High School. Starlight, now studying at the Alberta College of Art and Design, created the two paintings shown here for Bishop Grandin’s Water Project. Continue reading

Restoring Dignity, Transforming Lives

Restoring Dignity, Transforming Lives

By Don Chesney. Tags:

Tears are rolling down Larry´s face and a knot is in his throat. The folks at Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) have just surprised Larry with the first birthday party that he has ever had. Daryl has a few tears; he is there together with other volunteers to wish Larry a happy birthday. Continue reading

Painting, Poem, and Periagoge

Painting, Poem, and Periagoge

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It was a gorgeous summer afternoon in New York City when I first visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I was accompanied by several students with whom I was attending the Witherspoon Institute’s First Principles seminar. Although it was my first time at the Met, I was reminded of attending Museum School as a child. Continue reading

Leap of Faith: A Rosebud Story

Leap of Faith: A Rosebud Story

By Christina Muldoon. Tags:

‘I am of the sincerest belief that not only as artists, but certainly as Christians, we have no right to shut out anyone in this world, which includes their personal beliefs and how they express them. I believe that my life and future career as a storyteller will require me to find God where sometimes we believe He is absent. Continue reading