The Body reveals the soul: Christian Theology and Human Identity

By Fr. Jeffrey Stephaniuk A conference entitled “Into the Heart” was held at St. Therese Institute in Bruno, Saskatchewan in early May, 2015. When even a little attention is given to some of the themes of Pope St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, it is easy to start seeing these ideas everywhere in scripture and prayer. It is commonly heard that we can intellectualize much about religion, stay in our head, as it were, without saying anything from the heart, trying so hard to say something smart that we neglect what is more important: to say something from the heart.  “Go within with him” “Because of your hardness of heart” is one of the foundational phrases behind the Theology of the Body, together with “but in the beginning it was not so.” In other words, we have been made for a dignity that we have nearly all but forgotten. Coming to the conference, then, part of the Institute’s Springtime of Faith series, was like starting the week in winter, frozen over, and over...[more]


Author Highlight: Ellen Gable

In an effort to promote pro-life, pro-family authors and their works, One More Soul wishes to highlight Canadian award-winning and best-selling novelist Ellen Gable Hrkach, author of Amazon #1 Bestseller Stealing Jenny and four other novels. Ellen Gable Hrkach is a freelance writer and author of five books, President of the Catholic Writers Guild, self-publishing book coach, speaker, NFP teacher, book reviewer and Marriage Preparation Instructor. The top of her list, however, is the role of wife to her husband, James, and mother to their five sons, ages 15-27. To learn more about Ellen and her work, please visit her website: EllenGable.com Stealing Jenny by Ellen Gable Hrkach: $14.50  Reviews     After three heartbreaking miscarriages, Tom and Jenny Callahan are happily anticipating the birth of their sixth child. A neighbour, however, is secretly hatching a sinister plot which will find Jenny and her unborn baby fighting for their...[more]


Living the Theology of the Body through the Spiritual Works of Mercy

By Ellen Gable Hrkach - According to the Catholic encyclopedia, mercy is “a virtue influencing one’s will to have compassion for, and, if possible, to alleviate another’s misfortune.”  The spiritual works of mercy are one way Catholics can show charity and compassion to others. Since my husband and I teach Natural Family Planning, we have always tried to practice the spiritual works of mercy through our NFP ministry.  Many Catholics do not understand the Church’s teachings on sexuality. Mother Teresa once said, “If you judge someone, you have no time to love them,” Sharing the truth with charity and without judgment is extremely important.  Admonish the Sinner and Instruct the Ignorant  I often find myself in conversations about these intimate topics with acquaintances and relatives. For example, while I was attending a First Penance meeting with one of my sons, the instructor handed out a “Examination of Conscience” pamphlet.  On page three,...[more]


President's Message

As a result of their common love for almighty God and preborn children, Steve Koob and Mary Ann Walsh founded One More Soul (U.S.A.) in 1992. OMS’s first resources included “The Connection between Contraception and Abortion” and Bishop Flavin’s ever-inspiring letter, “In Obedience to Christ: A Pastoral Letter to Catholic Couples and Physicians on the Issue of Contraception.” A huge variety of educational resources, centered on Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae, soon grew and became widely distributed in Dioceses across the United States. The first One More Soul Canadian resource, arriving from the U.S. mother house in 1995, was a box of 100 cassettes containing, “Contraception: Why Not?” by Janet Smith. So began the conference-hopping and organizing. At the expense of a kind donor, the mission of One More Soul: Canada gained official recognition as a non-profit in 2002. Affiliated with OMS U.S.A. our team continues to distribute resources that help people understand the tremendous...[more]