Category Archives: My Freelance Articles

Vanier’s life a lesson in prayer and patience

(Originally published in The Catholic Register, Toronto) By Glen Argan Fourteen years. That’s how long Jean Vanier said his life was in “a holding pattern.” After he left the Canadian Navy in 1950, he did not invite two mentally disabled men to live with him in Trosly, France, until 1964. Even then, Vanier had no idea that his “l’Arche” would

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Courage necessary to walk the path of inter-religious dialogue

By Glen Argan (Originally published in The Catholic Register, April 7, 2019) Hatred, murder and mayhem will not prevail. The power of love is stronger. At least, that’s the dream. In his March 31 homily at a Mass in Morocco, Pope Francis urged the country’s tiny Catholic community to be “an oasis of mercy.” He encouraged them “to persevere on

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What is the Catholic lifestyle teachers should live?

By Glen Argan Alberta’s Catholic school system is again under fire from the province’s education minister, David Eggen. The issue this time is the “Catholicity clause” in teachers’ contracts which require teachers to agree to live a Catholic lifestyle. That Catholic teachers ought to live virtuous lives should be obvious. Our schools exist to impart a Catholic worldview to students,

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Truth takes a back seat in Khashoggi case

By Glen Argan (originally published in The Catholic Register, October 28, 2018, My plan had been to write this week on the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul’s encyclical The Splendour of Truth, the sainted pope’s most controversial document. However, as often happens, events intervened, and I put off writing that reflection. Maybe next time. Writing about truth’s “splendour”

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