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  • " I was thinking at times: “He’s getting what he deserves.  His brothers are doing ok, and they lived through the same abandonment”.  These feelings of harshness towards Jesse gave me pause to think, reflect, and pray."

  • Listen now to a parable for our time.

  • "Craig Foster, a middle-aged photographer exhausted by his work filming the minute details of tracking wild animals in Africa, recovers at home by exploring the underwater kelp forest of False Bay. "

  • In our lifetime we face many decisions about our role. This poem asks where one more path will lead.

  • A meditation on funerals in the time of the pandemic.

  • A contemporary parable about life and life!

  • The meaning of true conversation according to the poet.

  • "Mary and Joseph adoring kneel" from Hans Memling's painting

  • "I think people really marry far too much; it is such a lottery after all, and for a poor woman a very doubtful happiness.” (Queen Victoria)

  • The various forms of "written writing" were the inspiration for this poem.

  • The story of Paul's conversion from "victorious villain" to "Apostles to the Gentiles."

  • Brahms Piano Concerto #1, d- Found in Adagio movement conductor: Claudio Arrau piano: Carlo Maria Giulini

  • A reflection on visiting the Jesuit cemetery in Guelph.

  • The following three poems were originally published in The Journal of Ontario Music Education Association

  • "So later, walking into the countryside where I go to commune with horses, I focus on just being one small moving part of the book that is ever unfolding, a letter in the great word instead of the word itself.  The horse tells me I am not the word when she stares at me so mysteriously. "If you were

  • "As the Resurrected Jesus became more accessible to the world So would we be more available and sensitive to others"

  • Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally.

  • Thomas' reaction on first meeting the Risen Christ.

  • "The stance and the expression of the infant Jesus reflects all of that profound theological mystery – that God loves us so much as to give us his only Son – and this was the result, his death and our eternal life."

  • What is it that makes for Spring in Winnipeg?

  • "March 17 celebrates the man and the arrival of Christianity to Ireland. It increasingly celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish throughout the world."

  • A reflection on the songs in our lives that bring hope.

  • Is there a language beyond word?

  • "Lancelot desires complete freedom but at the cost of the joy and fulfilment that comes with taking up responsibility and giving one’s life away to others."  

  • "I have begun a ‘rereading’ period in my life especially during this recent chapter of code orange and red Covid times.  I have returned to the14th Century world in the Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan." 

  • "What’s most important, we can all remember that if we do what is right, in the end we will all do well for ourselves (Genesis 4:7).  This is what God actually says to Cain. " 

  • Money Heist is a popular and enjoyable Spanish crime thriller now shooting it's fourth season for Netflix - but is it something more?

  • " . . . taking Mary as our example we can see how her “Yes” is a yes to all of life no matter what comes. "

  • An untitled poem about our notion of reality.

  • The story of a man named Randy and what happens when he makes a career change.

  • "In one sense for the Na’vi (the indigenous population) to see you simply means that they physically see you.  In a more deeper sense, to see the other means to really “experience” the other, and see the world from their perspective. "

  • "Some religious people said Trump is not to be blamed for C19 American deaths since God will look after them. Some religious people say that God did not cause COVID-19 and it was up to the President Trump to provide leadership during the pandemic."

  • " . . . people need to embrace the unknown and uncertainty in the 21st century."

  • A meeting of three minds causes us to wonder could this be what it would be like had it really happened.

  • A poem, a song, a musical interlude - described by the poet as "slightly flippant."

  • "You certainly followed through on your promise to Robb with your unstinting gift of always saying thank you through the words you wrote and through the example of your own life."

  • A computer glitch caused formatting problems when originally published so here it is now in the proper format

  • Johnston Smith puts the American Presidential election in a broader context.

  • "If you are tired of the ongoing media circus that the election has become, there is a very different way of looking at it that you might find both enjoyable and educational. "

  • What might happen when two "sainted names" meet "upon an asteroid."

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