The overwhelming power of forgiveness

Holding on to anger and resentment keeps us from being what we are capable of, so learn to let it go

The overwhelming power of forgivenessWhen someone does us wrong, our instinct is to seek vengeance. This is the law of the jungle and we see it happen among our animal friends all the time. Humans, however, need to ask if this serves us well. Is it in our best interest to try to get back at other people? As…

Celebrating an extraordinary ordinary person

My aunt taught me to embrace each moment, faith and family, and make each person you meet feel like the most important person in the world

Celebrating an extraordinary ordinary personMy family recently said goodbye to our 92-year-old Aunt Mary. She had a profound impact on me, and on my wife and children. I hope every family has at least one Aunt Mary. On the surface, she seemed quite ordinary. She had four children and was a nurse. She didn't win any national awards and…

The overwhelming power of the truth

History shows clearly again and again that blindly following messages of anger, fear and racism leads to disaster

The overwhelming power of the truth“Truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is,” Winston Churchill said. Those words stand in stark contrast to those preached on the other side of the English Channel during Churchill's Second World War tenure as British prime minister. Adolf Hitler knew the power of propaganda and…

Berlin’s House of One celebrates our common spirituality

Christians, Muslims and Jews come together to celebrate our common spirituality

Berlin’s House of One celebrates our common spiritualityReligion, intended to guide humans on the road to spiritual enlightenment, has instead often been a source of division and even a justification for violence. In recent years, however, there has been a significant shift, with religious leaders and their followers coming together to celebrate commonalities. Nowhere is this more evident than in Berlin, once…

Elie Wiesel left the world a better place than he found it

The best way we can honour this great man is to continue his mission to bear witness and make the world free from genocide

Elie Wiesel left the world a better place than he found itThe person who exemplified the power of a witness has passed away. Elie Wiesel died on July 2 at the age of 87. Wiesel was not simply a Holocaust survivor, he was a great teacher and a man of passion who left the world much better than he found it. His legacy calls upon all…

We should all believe in our inner greatness

People who feel good about themselves don't feel threatened by the success of others – in fact, they celebrate it

We should all believe in our inner greatness“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience,” French philosopher and Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said. This bold statement is quite a deviation from traditions that tell us not to boast about our greatness. If we look at the major religions and philosophies of the…

Ali a champion who sought to change the world

We should all be inspired by Muhammad Ali, a man who stood tall in the face of adversity, in and out of the boxing ring

Ali a champion who sought to change the worldThe late Muhammad Ali was a world champion in every sense. For those of us growing up in the 1960s and ’70s, Ali was the greatest boxer of all time. He set the standard by which all heavyweight fighters were measured. Canadians were also proud of George Chuvalo, not only because he was our champion but because…
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