Kevin Burns

Ottawa-based author and editor, Kevin Burns is a frequent contributor to igNation. His latest book, Impressively Free – Henri Nouwen as a Model for a Reformed Priesthood and co-authored with Michael W. Higgins, has just been released by Paulist Press in the United States and by Novalis in Canada.


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    "This Lent, I find myself shifting from the question in that shepherd’s carol, “Do you hear what I hear?” to a more penitential question: “Can I really see what others can?""...

    "To watch a film in black and white, without 3-D glasses, and with no chest-thumping surround sound, is to slow down, breathe deeply, and immerse yourself in another sense of time. Cinematic Lent."...

    " Abley has found ways to put words to those beyond-word insights that music can evoke, just like prayer, meditation, liturgy, conversation. Just like being together once more with your dad, even if only in memory.."...

    "Christmas never stops tugging at us, as this igNation series illustrates in its seasonal exploration of that strange dance between religion and popular culture and deeply grafted traditions, expectations, and associations. This is the time of year when sentimentalism overpowers even the most austere theological voices"...

    "The Jesuit missionary map tends to run east and west and not toward what was once known as the Apostolic Prefecture of the North Pole, . . . Post-Viking Lutheran Iceland was not exactly friendly inter-faith territory."...

    Keith Jarrett, Anton Chekhov and Timothy Findlay- three artists with a deep commitment to addressing things spiritual....

    "As the years passed, Elgar’s “attitude towards his Catholic faith degenerated from discomfort and indifference to fierce antipathy,” says Hough. And in 1934, in his final hours, Elgar had to be convinced to allow a priest to anoint him."  ...

    For over three decades, a made in Canada Jesuit initiative tried, as Pope Francis says, "to walk as the people walk today." This month, the Toronto-based Jesuit Communication Project closes. Today, igNation re-posts the first of a special extended two-part series on the JCP's history and its achievements. "Setting Hearts on Fire" was written by igNation contributor, Kevin Burns, who was also a long-time member of the JCP's advisory board....

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