Ethics is not the science of happiness

Today I find myself thinking about Janusz Korczak. A Polish-Jewish author, teacher, pediatrician, and orphanage director, he refused to leave the orphans during the Second World War even though he was offered refuge. The Nazis murdered him, together with the children, at the death camp called Treblinka. Continue reading “Ethics is not the science of happiness”

More than Consent: The Ennoblement of Sex

In Democracy in America Alexis de Tocqueville said, “Everybody feels the evil, but no one has courage or energy enough to seek the cure.” Today Patrick Brown resigned as Ontario PC Leader because of sexual misconduct allegations and federal MP Kent Hehr resigned from cabinet over allegations of sexual harassment. Continue reading “More than Consent: The Ennoblement of Sex”

Reflecting with Jean Vanier on terrorism 3 years after the Charlie Hebdo massacre

Today marks the third anniversary of the date two jihadists murdered 12 people in the Charlie Hebdo shooting.

Just days after the 2016 terrorist attacks in Brussels, I travelled to Trosly-Breuil, France where Jean Vanier was delivering a Holy Week retreat on the theme “The Agony of Jesus.” Surely the terrorist attacks were on everyone’s minds, and I wondered if Jean would mention them. Continue reading “Reflecting with Jean Vanier on terrorism 3 years after the Charlie Hebdo massacre”

A Protestant and a Catholic discuss 465-year-old relic of St. Francis Xavier’s Arm

I arrived to Toronto to visit my Protestant friend for the week. She greeted me wishing me a happy new year and asking how I’d spent it.

“Well,” I explained, “At the conference from which I just came, we venerated a relic of St. Francis Xavier’s right arm, the arm with which he baptized 100,000 people.” Her first question was not “Why do Catholics venerate relics?” but rather “So, how did his arm come off?”

Continue reading “A Protestant and a Catholic discuss 465-year-old relic of St. Francis Xavier’s Arm”