Terrorism a perversion of the human condition

Islamic terrorists are not the only group of religious people who commit violence

Terrorism a perversion of the human conditionDownload this column on terrorism Terms and Conditions of use TRAIL, B.C. Nov 19, 2015/ Troy Media/ - “La foi n’a rien à voir avec la morale.” Faith has nothing to do with morality. We came upon this piece of graffiti three years ago while in Tournon in southern France. It could have been written yesterday…

Showing gratitude leads to a healthier life

Grateful people sleep better, exercise more frequently, are happier and more altruistic

Showing gratitude leads to a healthier lifeDownload this column on the effects of showing gratitude for your publication or website. FREE TRIAL Terms and Conditions of use TRAIL, BC/ Oct 8, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Showing gratitude is good for us, and yet gratitude does not come naturally or easily to most of us. Our brains are “like Velcro for bad…

What politicians must learn from Pope Francis’ leadership style

Politicians, sadly, are only accustomed to the smell of their own party faithful

What politicians must learn from Pope Francis’ leadership styleDownload this column on leadership for your publication or website. FREE trial Terms and Conditions of use TRAIL, BC Sep 27, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Politicians would love to have the approval ratings of Pope Francis. His popularity crosses party lines and spills over the borders of the tiny state he heads. The spiritual leader…

Body acceptance movement fundamentally flawed

Has little to do with how you look in the mirror and everything to do with the condition of your inner self

Body acceptance movement fundamentally flawedDownload this column on the body acceptance movement for your publication or website. FREE or Price starts at $8 Terms and Conditions of use TRAIL, BC Aug 12, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Selfies are more ubiquitous than ever, thanks to the selfie stick. I had never heard of the selfie stick until a few months…

Online shaming sullies everyone

Moral slip-ups are not a cause for condemnation

Online shaming sullies everyoneDownload this column on online shaming for your publication or website. FREE or Price starts at $8 Terms and Conditions of use TRAIL, BC Jul 30, 2015/ Troy Media/ - It's a modern twist on an ancient story. Recounted in the Gospel of John, the ancient story is commonly referred to as “the woman caught…

Some good reads for summer 2015

Our columnist's list of books to read over the summer

Some good reads for summer 2015Download this column on good reads for your publication or website. FREE or Price starts at $8 Terms and Conditions of use TRAIL, BC Jul 15, 2015/ Troy Media/ - I’ve read some wonderful books since last summer, and I’m looking forward to meandering through a few more over the next weeks. Here is my…

Arrogance threatens the environment and social order

The Pope’s encyclical is about far more than the environment

Arrogance threatens the environment and social orderNot since Humane Vitae has a papal encyclical attracted as much attention as Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment, On Care For Our Common Home, which calls us to rethink and transform the “outdated criteria which continue to rule the world.” From the first page, Laudato Si’ grabbed me, and not because I am an…

Residential schools a blight on Canada’s reputation

But Truth and Reconciliation Commission report doesn’t reflect today’s reality

Residential schools a blight on Canada’s reputationDownload this column for your publication or website. Price starts at $10 TRAIL, BC Jun 19, 2015/ Troy Media/ - For six years, the Indian Residential School (IRS) system has been on trial. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has listened to thousands of witnesses, hearing their stories in an effort to uncover and make known…

Jean Vanier found humanity in the disabled

His organization, L’Arche, is demonstrates that people of different cultures, religions and abilities can live together in peace

Jean Vanier found humanity in the disabledDownload this column for your publication or website TRAIL, BC, May 21, 2015/ Troy Media/ - At the end of a steep hill in the neighbourhood where I grew up stood a house shrouded in mystery. Adults whispered about a “retarded” child who lived there and who was confined to a room. They argued about…

Compromise not creed is the way to solve public prayer debate

Both sides in the Saguenay, QC dispute more intent on proclaiming a creed than reaching a workable solution

Compromise not creed is the way to solve public prayer debateTo download Compromise not creed is the way to solve public prayer debate for your publication or website click here TRAIL, BC, Apr 28, 2015/ Troy Media/ - It’s time to make compromises when it comes to freedom of conscience and religion, as a nine-year legal battle over a prayer in Saguenay, Que., demonstrates. Briefly,…