Comment: Man and the machine battles wear on

Driving home after returning a second new dehumidifier that wouldn’t work in less than a week, I couldn’t help thinking about the so-called “good old days” when things were built to last.

Comment: Ukrainian Cardinals Husar and Slipyj are heroes to Church community

The death on May 31 of Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, patriarch emeritus of Kyiv, former head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC), resonated in Canada where, outside of Ukraine, the largest Ukrainian Catholic community is found.

Comment: It’s time to tell our side of euthanasia story

A few weeks ago the Sunday New York Times Magazine ran a lengthy feature about a Vancouver Island man who had chosen to die by euthanasia. John Shields, a former priest who later married, was suffering from a rare disease that caused proteins to build up in his heart and painful nerve damage in his arms and legs, the Times story said.

Comment: When good fortune smiles, sharing follows

One Saturday night years ago, my mother won a trip to Monaco and the French Riviera in a raffle. The next morning, I remember her putting more money in the collection plate than usual.

Comment: There is still only one answer to tragedies like Manchester

As I write this, I’m fixated on a photo of eight-year-old Saffie Rose, the youngest victim of the Manchester bombing. Her picture is part of a newspaper photo array of the young victims of that awful night.

Comment: Catholic influence on Canadian political horizon

Allowing for caveats, Canada could find itself with a trinity of powerful Catholic leaders in coming months.

Comment: Mothers have a special place in world of priestly vocation

In Toronto the priestly ordinations usually have a maternal character. The customary date is in May, Mary’s month, and usually falls the day before Mother’s Day, which is not a religious feast day, but certainly can be looked upon with the eyes of faith.

Comment: Nun’s murder filled with unsettling twists in new Netflix series

As a fan of murder mysteries, I was drawn to a new Netflix series entitled The Keepers, a true-crime story about the murder of a popular young nun who was a high school teacher in Baltimore.

Comment: Meet 'Mary' ... my friend

The request was simple: “I’m going south for a week, could you give me a ride to the airport and pick me up on my way back?”

Comment: Pro-life movement is in need of renewal

In a recent Toronto Sun column, John Snobelen had four wise, albeit chilling, watch words for those in the not-for-profit world. They are: “The atrophy of purpose.”

Comment: No bond is stronger than mother and child

This being Mother’s Day weekend, an editor asked if I’d like to write about it. Initially, I decided to pass because I’ve written about my wonderful late mother many times.