Our Daily Lives

  • "End of May 2020, I miraculously felt a right I’ve never felt before. The right to dare to say: “I can’t breathe!”."

  • Is this prophet a prophet of doom or something else all together?

  • "If community is “solitude meeting solitude,” when we come together in this community we are called to ministry.

  • "One of the difficulties of a casual reading of today’s Gospel passage is that we can see it as placing a choice before us: either following Jesus or loving our parents and children."

  • If we number millions why do we not usse that power to change the world?

  • " for many Canadians, saving summer will mean savouring the essence of the season, wherever they are."

  • "We long for the day when our worries, fears, and pain will be over.   We hang in there waiting impatiently for a new tomorrow."

  • Three poems by Eric Jensen,SJ on the subject of life and death.

  • "✦ Even if there are precious few of us left, let us remember that at one time our forebears – a handful of pioneers  – were also few, scant in resources and in settled ministries."

  • "Joy, I have discovered, is an inside job"

  • }I am glad to have my own photos.  There is one from my January visit when I spent almost five minutes just a few feet away from the wolf resting on a rock.  An exhilarating experience  (me, of course, safe behind a heavy plexiglass!). "

  • }She now “watches” Mass differently than watching Netflix.  Instead of stretching out on the sofa, she now sits up, mutes her cell phone and makes the same gestures as other Catholics around the world".

  • "When, scholar and teacher, husband, and close friend of mine, Bill Spohn, was stricken with brain cancer, he and his wife, Marty, looked death in the face and shared their journey with family and friends.."

  • "Both the UAPs and the Coronavirus are timely and we could set them in fruitful dialogue as both challenge us to be prudent before the unknown illness at hand."

  • "Hence, as usual we have a complete reversal in the Christian story.  The life that once did not make sense becomes the life that makes complete sense."

  • "Will selfishness and self-protection take over again, or are we ready to move towards a different and better world?"

  • " For those who do not have the means to attend virtual masses, may they find God in the frugality of their current daily lives."

  • "Our isolation has been three weeks now, going from chaos to unceremonious ejection from the normal.  My morning prayer wonders how this is the will of God; God is speaking, am I listening?"

  • "In the beginning I was nervous being close to a dead person. The most dramatic part of the funeral mass for me was the singing of the “Dies Irae.” I had no idea what it meant, but the tone of dread was palpable."

  • "Of course we want to reach out to people we know who are suffering, but first we might want to consider ourselves. "

  • "COVID-19 made its way into our infirmary (across the driveway from my residence). Six Jesuits from the infirmary have died in the past eleven days and I pray that we have seen the end of this."

  • "I know with absolute certainty that God provides a spacious eternal place in His heart for Margaret Smith, Mother... "

  • "This then is a vignette of Mary; a tribute to the warm-hearted and forward-looking lady of culture, charm, refinement and integrity whom I have been blessed to call my mother."

  • "George O’Neil,  Mike Hawkins, Peter Larisey,  Norm Dodge, F.X. Johnson,  Charlie Sitter.  As the list grows longer I become more aware of how these mens’ lives ‘intertwingled’ with mine. 

  • Two hours after Greg Kennedy,Sj wrote this poem, Fr. Charlie Sitter, SJ died of the virus.

  • "C.S. Lewis was so right when he said:  “Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have someone to forgive!”"

  • "I imagine that family celebrations will look different today, especially for those whose mothers are older and need to protect themselves from contracting COVID-19"

  • Six decades ago, Peter Larisey taught for two years at Loyola High School, a Jesuit high school in Montreal. Two of his students, Ben Fagan and Andy Malolepszy, reminisce:

  • "One way that God provides His love for us is through the people who brighten our days, encourage our dreams and offer their friendship."

  • Five minutes after Greg Kennedy, SJ, arrived at the Jesuit Infirmary in Pickering. to serve as a volunteer, Norm Dodge died. He had been Greg's spiritual director in Ottawa.. Greg wrote this poem the next morning.

  • "Yet within all that richness, the normal, free, individual member of a tribe will be individualized, maybe by picking up traits from here and there, maybe through personal creativity. "

  • "Many committed lay Catholics are able to see their labours as being rooted in God’s desires for them."

  • "But I also remembered the words a priest friend said years ago: “When someone we love dies, sometimes the symbols of faith are the only thing that seems meaningful.”"

  • "As a frontline worker, I feel supported to the best of everyone’s ability.  It is daunting, but at least I know that someone has my back."

  • "He had a tremendous impact on the lives he touched, whether it was through teaching, mentorship, his translation work, or simply providing words of comfort. "

  • "t is Earth Day. Can I do even one thing today that will contribute to the well-being of the planet?"

  • Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorates the tragedy of the Holocaust that occurred during the Second World War. It commemorates the genocide that resulted in the deaths of 6 million Jews and 11 million others, by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.

  • How we can find God in all those around us.

  • "To which a wise nun who has been helping the poor in Winnipeg for many, many years replied”… it may seem difficult, but you are doing HOLY work!"

  • On February 24, 2020, at the age of 102, Katherine Johnson passed away. Her story and that of the women working with her was told in the 2016 film "Hidden Figures".

  • "Our government has patted itself on the back for bringing so many refugees in 2016 but has not maintained that same level (not even close)."

  • "We really are being looked after in a non-partisan manner, with all political parties standing together in an uncharacteristic demonstration of unity."

  • "n these strange times of COVID-19, I write this from the confines of my room where I have been for the past few days dealing with my symptoms . . "

  • "Keeping the bonds of community even when we cannot gather together will do much for our equanimity and our sanity during this trying time"

  • "Once you say “thank you” something happens."

  • "There is plenty of bad news out there and it’s likely going to worsen. But I’m discovering that I find some signs of hope at this time"

  • St. Pius X in St. John's every Tuesday will be sending out "Our Parish Update," to keep in contact with their parishioners.

  • COVID 19 - about what is possible in the midst of the horror.

  • "Within our families and our neighbourhoods, it only takes a small act of kindness to remind others of God’s love for them. "

  • " I hope to face these with humility and good grace in the hope that in my mid-seventies I can still be of some religious service to others especially a community like the deaf. . . "

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