Francis de Sales on being formed in Christ

St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) is known to Christian history as one of the great spiritual directors, meaning he would help people discern ways of paying attention to God in their own situations. He didn’t just give general advice; he spoke with friends about how...

The Season of Lent

In the weeks leading up to Easter, the Christian church has traditionally kept a season of preparation, called Lent. During these weeks, we consider the human condition and the need we have for Jesus, whose coming, death, and resurrection is our hope. Early on, the...

Ghosts in Our Past

Almost all of my trick or treating took place in the 1980s. By the end of that decade I was in grade eight and had pretty much left October 31st to the younger kids. My Halloween tradition was by then reduced to little more than listening to DJ Jazzy Jeff and the...

Prayer in Quiet and in Crisis

For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. – Nehemiah 1:4 The king said to me, “What is it you want?” Then I prayed to the God of heaven, and I answered the king. – Nehemiah 2:4-5 Nehemiah was both a man of prayer and a man of action. The...