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Greetings from Kolbe Times!  Our theme this month is “Wisdom”, which Pope Francis defines as the grace of being able to see with God’s eyes and feel with God’s heart.  Our stories this month explore the road to wisdom…and the many bumps along the way.
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Featured Artist: John Michael Talbot

an Exclusive Kolbe Times Interview

Wonderful insights and stories from a pioneer in contemporary Christian music, best-selling author and founder of a monastic community.  Read more...
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Musings from the Editor

It’s May already, and our theme for this month’s newsletter is Wisdom. Each season brings its own opportunity for growth, but I think spring is a time to expand our lungs and enlarge our thoughts. It’s a time to look at the beauty of new life around us with awe and thanksgiving.  But it can also be a time of deep reflection; recognizing that new life is only the first step in a journey. To quote author Ron Rohlheiser, “The way of wisdom is the way of pondering, the way of holding every kind of pain, suffering, delight, and contradiction long enough until it transforms you, gestates compassion within you, and brings you to your knees in a thousand surrenders.”

Maybe it’s not so much our strengths and abilities that open the door to wisdom, but our trusting consent to embrace uncertainty. I recently read that the word vulnerability comes from the Latin word vulnus, which means ‘wound’. Christ’s wounds on the cross speak of His willingness to be vulnerable. Perhaps our own willingness to live vulnerably will not only enrich our faith, but also help bring about maturity and resilience.

This month’s contributors do a wonderful job of looking at the gift of wisdom from many angles – lessons learned in the schools of community, grief, art, humiliation, joy, suffering, love and solitude.  

We hope you find our May newsletter an enlarging experience!


Laura Locke
Editor, Kolbe Times

Arts and Culture

The Shadowlands

by Fire Exit Theatre Artistic Director Val Lieske

Fire Exit Theatre’s Shadowlands portrays the relationship between C.S. Lewis and the poet Joy Davidman. In this moving essay, Val Lieske explores the need for God’s wisdom when love and grief collide, in both Lewis’ life and in her own.  Read more...

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Guest Columnist: Ron Semenoff OFC

How I Came to Know the Saints

Ron Semenoff recalls how, as a new Christian convert who had major “issues” with the saints, he cautiously acquired a great love and reverence for these holy men and women throughout history.   Read more...
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Book Review

Small Things: Reflections on Faith and Hope

by Gerry Turcotte

Beautifully written with poignancy and humour, Gerry Turcotte’s latest book of 52 short essays, one for every week of the year, reminds us that the essence of life often lies in the “small things”.   Read more...

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Hope Chronicles

Lessons From the Psych Ward

by Peter Locke

With disarming honesty and courage, a young man with Asperger’s and Tourette Syndrome opens our eyes and our hearts to some simple, universal life lessons.   Read more..

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Faith in Action

Why We All Need Spiritual Direction

by Beth Booram

Spiritual director, speaker and author Beth Booram explains in practical terms how this ancient Christian practice of “deep listening” strengthens our spiritual walk and deepens our interior life.  Read more...

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Poetry

The Guest House

by Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi

A delightful, perceptive poem from a 13th century Persian poet and scholar whose words continue to resonate with imaginative freshness.   Read more...

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