Our Daily Lives

  • "Pope Francis shows compassion for people’s real fears – and he includes the fears both of local communities and of migrants; the fears of one group should not be played off against the fears of another more vulnerable group."

  • A very insightful and personal reflection on the virtue of gratitude.

  • "He taught us not to let the Church get in the way of our relationship with the Lord. Thank you to all those who have helped me understand that Jesus didn’t promise us happiness, but He promised us peace. "

  • "I thought my dad was nuts and couldn’t bear the idea that all this pain would somehow lead to something good.  Of course, I ignored him, and it was only a few decades later that I began to see the wisdom in his counsel."

  • "....the real challenge for us in a post-Christian world is “to look at what our ancestors did and imagine what it would mean to do that again, to build anew, to leave something behind that could stand a thousand years.”"

  • "I have been watching Europe, specifically Catholic continental Europe, with much concern over the past few years with the change in political moods. Therefore, the article I would like to write is fairly simple in topic lines: What is happening to Catholic Europe?"

  • "Whatever the reason for the fear, there is usually a chain to the whole thing.  Yoda’s maxim applies quite well here. “Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.”  What’s troubling is that I often miss the fear and immediately jump unconsciously to anger and hate. "

  • "The old adage worked for me about getting more out of helping others, than the people being helped. I was moved just by being present quietly beside the sisters “making sandwiches with love.”"

  • Today's poem is Mary's response to the angel Gabriel's announcement.

  • "Scripture offers many comparisons between God's love and a mother's love. Isaiah probably says it best in comparing a mother’s love to God’s love. "Can a mother forget …”"

  • Remembering Elmer MacGillivray - an obituary.

  • "I agree with the Church that palliative care rather than euthanasia is the way to go. So, I did not reply to Audrey’s email, because I didn’t know what to say."

  • "The time has come for those with negative agendas that do not serve truth and traditional Catholic teaching to be exposed, no matter how much it hurts."

  • "A twenty first birthday was a milestone, the moment when one turns into an adult. It meant that one could engage in new activities, and not be so dependent on one’s parents. It was also when you received “the key” to symbolically unlock the door to adulthood."

  • Whenever I go to another city, it gets me thinking about Vancouver. You can take the boy out of Vancouver, etc. I spent last week in Paris, the City of Light, and I think I've seen the light.

  • "As I find myself firmly in midlife, I finally have a sense that regular sleeplessness is not going to go away. I used to lament this and try everything to will it away. I would cringe in envy as others could close their eyes and fall asleep. "

  • ". . . "the Catholic Church has a social program...there are men of God who are working not only for their spiritual but for their material welfare." Dorothy Day’s Gospel-based social activism continued until her death in 1980."

  • On this Poetry Tuesday, the poet takes us into his view of the Our Father.

  • "Real life does not always reflect the Catechism, so we must be flexible and think, ultimately, about what God would want us to do."

  • A reflection on the Notre Dame fire by one who once lived in Paris.

  • "Caring for somebody, usually a loved one, with long term illness, perhaps for somebody who is waiting to die, can be rewarding, but can also be an occasion where immense courage and patience are needed."

  • "Pope Francis discovers God in the daily lives of the faithful. Therefore, he says, we must listen, discern and dialogue together: the Church is all of us."

  • " 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.."

  • "Her classmates learned by teaching and each benefited. I got a lot of credit and still wonder how it happened. Her tenacity and life experience brought her to the very edge: a little mentoring pushed her over."

  • "The world didn’t get to see Canada make aviation history but the world did wake up to the fact we had the brain power to produce such an advanced feat of science and technology.”

  • "Perhaps because our era shares some of the same types of anxiety that Kierkegaard’s era suffered, we might also benefit from listening to the deep divine hope Kierkegaard offered to the fears of people in his era, 200 years ago:"

  • " So as 2019 presents to me one certain and another possible election, my New Year’s resolution is to do the work to know the candidate."

  • "With the continued alienation, and therefore a lack of belonging, I believe that we shall see an increase in people calling themselves ‘lapsed Catholics’, ‘cultural Catholics’, and ‘former Catholics’."

  • "I am even advised to limit my daily consumption of black coffee and unsweetened tea. Highly acceptable are refined flours, meats, pastries, white bread and sugars."

  • "For a number years but especially in the last few weeks now we at St. Ignatius Parish have been trying to figure out how to respond to street people who come to church.  They are, like us, children of God, brothers and sisters of Jesus. "

  • "When arriving in our Western countries, refugee claimants ask for our help.  We don’t want to give our help because we will have to invest time and money.  It is time to really look in the mirror and admit it:  We are selfish."

  • "They must take a page out of the conservative playbook and constantly without end be out there convincing people that a globalised world is better for them, that immigration is the best thing for the country, and that just because the country’s demographics are changing on religious and ethnic line

  • "When I look over my  brief little life, there are a few moments that stand out for me.  In my life, these moments were religious moments of encounter.  When I fell into a space, where the divine seemed to open up just a bit more."

  • "The biggest problem with nationalism is that it creates an US vs THEM, and this was very apparent in Hungary. The direction set by the current régime has trickled down into the mannerism and attitudes of the people of Hungary."

  • Small is beautiful! And so can be "short"

  • "In 2019, I’d practice openness of mind through the daily exam, and allow myself to see the unexpected and disarming beauty in my days."

  • "My life totally changed on September 11th. On September 11th 1974, that is. On that day, I went with two other Jesuits to live in a flat in a run-down tenement building in the most deprived area in Ireland, the inner city of Dublin."

  • The poet reminds us that within Toronto The good "grace is still an option."

  • " “Love God and your neighbour as your self “ may sound similar to authoritarian rule, but it is not. Why?"

  • A poem Inspired by the Jesuit model of the Examen Prayer

  • "Why, then, do we so readily use plastic wrap? If you arrive at a reasonable response to this query, please inform me.  I’ve banged my head against the question so long that I fear I’m severely concussed.:\"

  • "Another hope for the coming year is to continue to let go, as younger Jesuits, all from South Asia, administer our Nepal Region in their own way."

  • " After daily Mass a few years ago, James was inspired to find academic success at the University of Toronto."

  • "As I have in the past, on this 2019 New Year, I will phone each of my older sisters. Together we’ll sing the old song and declare to each other in German the new year’s wish."

  • "We can hope for the best, but if I think of what I would like in 2019, inevitably something will go awry."

  • "My wish is for everyone to have enough. My pledge (to myself) is to learn more about the gulf between wealth and poverty and seek ways to “be the change”."

  • "The door to his home and to his heart was always open.  Not only did he welcome you, but you became a part of him, a part of his extended family."

  • "When Canada legalized euthanasia for exceptional circumstances, Parliament established safeguards. We now see an increasing call for the extension of cases eligible for euthanasia and the de facto removal of safeguards."

  • "Our Bridging Borders campaign seeks to raise awareness (open eyes and hearts) and invite a response of action rooted in love that seeks to bring about structural change for the common good."

  • Magnificat was written - and is posted here - in both English and French at the end of an eight day Ignation retreat.

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