There are no measures of the depths of grief, but the death of a child is often said to be one of the most traumatic kinds of losses that people endure. When Ruth Lee-Knight wrote The Mountie’s Girl, a book about the life and loss of her daughter Lorie Gaye, she says she hoped to help other people who are grieving and to share how the family’s faith helped them cope.
In the modern world, most of us live highly specialized lives. We generally assume that it is more efficient to trade our time for pay and then to pay other people for their time rather than doing things like growing food and making clothes ourselves.
Rod Andrews knows what it is to be forever connected to a chunk of land and a way of life. There’s a special quality in his voice when he talks about the family farm, on Alberta's Coal Trail between Delburne and Red Deer.
Edmonton doctor Jeff Gusdal says that he recently calculated that he and his wife, Hanae Kiyooka, could have been among the “one percenters,” the wealthiest segment of the world’s population.
The diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador is a place of contrasts. In its centre, St. John’s, wealthy property developers rub shoulders with fishermen and oil workers just back from Alberta’s Fort McMurray. In its farthest-flung regions, priests drive for hours to visit remote parishes in Labrador.
These contrasts are present, too, in the life of the church.
Like its first-rate 2010 predecessor, the animated fantasy adventure How to Train Your Dragon 2 will bring tears of joy to the faces of those moved by the sight of a boy atop a jet-black dragon soaring into the clouds and swooping down toward the glistening sea.
The five novels (at least two more are planned) that comprise George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series defied conventional cinematic adaptation: with numerous characters, far-flung locations (everything from deserts to great cities to a wintry wasteland) and complex plots, each of the books was too involved to fit within the confines of even a long movie.
It was 8 p.m. on December 22, the day after Toronto’s catastrophic 2013 ice storm.
The Anglican Journal asked readers to tell us about things they have done that have made Christmas more meaningful. Here are some stories.