Our Daily Lives

  • "someone told me that there are certain words that need to be said if you are writing your own vows."

  • "Gratitude is just sitting down for a few minutes in the middle of a long trek in autumn… "

  • Today is Martin Luther KIng Day in the USA. Here are 31 quotes from King.

  • "And since I control the choice of music and the amount of time listening, I can savour the words/music and spirit of the Holy seasons."

  • "The child that Mary carried would be named Emmanuel, which means "God is with us" (Matthew 1: 18-24). This is the source of strength and hope to so many in the world. "

  • "What about the institutional church today? Is it following the example of Jesus or the example to the apostles? Is the church staying behind “locked doors”?"

  • "The pithy one-liner in Matthew 6.34 “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” reminds me that each day contains an ample burden of evils and suffering, and that there is no need to add to this burden."

  • "They transform lives through the four Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs) chosen by the Society of Jesus: Spiritual Exercises and discernment; walking with poor and marginalized people; journeying with youth; and caring for our common home."

  • "There is an essential consistency, however, in what we have sought for our novices over the years. The Society ever continues to be itself."

  • The poet reflects on a visit to a city forest-park.

  • "A conversation involves two voices speaking and listening, and above all, taking turns to share their thoughts!"

  • "These large and small acts, given freely, are what bind communities together.   Volunteering is helping, not hiring; giving, not taking; contributing, not counting the cost"

  • "On September 7, 1999 what was thought impossible became reality – St. Bonaventure’s College – an independent Roman Catholic School in the Jesuit Tradition opened its doors to its first 196 students."

  • "Dog, Boy and Dad did the pre-flight, loaded luggage and took off westward. Boy and Dog fell into dramamine induced slumber and missed daylight as it passed us crossing the prairies westward. It was like a wedge, moving forward, turning off lights in farm yards and small towns".

  • "The program stresses “People Led Development,” working with, rather than for, people.  The training program prepares people to return to their communities with appropriate leadership skills. "

  • "I wish to raise two points which are rarely heard in the discussion on electoral reform. The first has to do with what political scientists call “interest aggregation” and the second with what they call “legitimacy.”"

  • The poet makes it clear that something was coming - did you miss it?

  • Henri Nouwen says, “Real human grief allows the illusion of immortality to die in us.”  So while we acknowledge the mortality of so many loved ones whom we have lost, let us also acknowledge our own mortality."

  • "How will our 338 elected members of parliament work together to solve Canada’s many problems? Perhaps a review of how MPs in Canada’s 1867 Confederation parliament solved their problems may be useful."

  • After a heroic two years the 27 km long road was finally opened on July 13 2019 connecting Tipling "to the erst of the world."

  • "True partnership means giving goes in both directions, even if we don’t realize it at first. Kindness creates connections, and sustained generosity builds communities if it is based on just relations."

  • Why do some churches still not allow female altar servers?

  • "As I recall this time in my life, I thank God for all the beautiful moments in between. I guess that is a part of growing older; remembering the times that have gone before. They are not all pleasant but they are all worthy of remembering."

  • 'Many of us choose not to vote, "because it makes no difference!" It does make a difference. It's the difference between engagement and non-engagement with the political process. "

  • "A prophet is not sent by a king or by a high priest. A prophet is sent by God to speak truth to power – to kings and priests".

  • "Let us be mindful of the needs of those we know who could use a visit, a phone all or perhaps a ‘thinking of you’ card. These simple gestures will bring joy to every lonely heart."

  • Moving forward I have many hopes for the future. First, for the Catholic Church, that it would be open to listen to the stories and struggles of gay persons. . . . Gay and lesbian people need to have a place in the Church that is welcoming and non-judgmental. Second, my hope for my own son and all g

  • "The human person is a mysterious combination of good and evil. On the one hand, there is Saint Bernadette, and on the other hand there are the perpetrators of genocide. We need to pay attention to both aspects because if we reflect carefully we can find them also in ourselves. "

  • In the first of a new series, Fr. Monty opens his files to answer questions people ask a priest.

  • "With some variations, Canada in 2019 seems to mirror many of the problems of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike"

  • "We started off with horses through the 1940’s.  Horses the power—yes, actual horse power for transportation and for all the labour on our mixed farm just twenty miles east of Regina, Saskatchewan— a farm that raised cattle, chickens, pigs, and all other sorts of animals, but also grew grain crops."

  • "the time has come to conclude this account of our pilgrimage to the Nordic countries culminating in this 7 full day retreat at the Cistercian(or Trappist as it sometimes called, though they prefer “Cistercian” from the reform in the 11th c.) Abbey of Mount St. Bernard’s in Coalville, Leicestershire

  • "We leave to begin our retreat at the Trappist Monastery Mt St. Bernard’s in England."

  • "At the west entrance there is a new gate (where the tulips used to bloom).  It is made up of a low wall of stone and invites you into the park.  At the north side, the cenotaph centred on University Avenue has been repaired and polished. "

  • "We have finished tonight the “Nordic” part of our pilgrimage. We head toward England tomorrow morning…..early! Today is Midsummer’s Day. Most of Helsinki closes down today. People are off to the north to watch the ‘nuit blanche’. There is little darkness this day. And there are events

  • "We started the  seminar on Spiritual Direction the Ignatian Way  at 9 30 with about 40 present. I won't bore you with content of morning program but it went  quite well from all reports.  Most of them had some experience of the Sp Exercises. many of them are doing direction with others and  there w

  • "Tigers! A hundred years ago there were nine species of tigers in our world. Today, each with dwindling populations, there are five. Three species are extinct and a fourth, the South-China Tiger, probably only survives in captivity!"

  • In Helsinki - "for the presentation tomorrow.  There are 40 people registered. Wasn’t expecting that many. Looking forward to sharing with our Lutheran brothers and sisters the charism of St Ignatius. They have already been introduced to him…."

  • Helsinki: A bustling city nestled in a beautiful harbor. Each of the Nordic countries have had a wonderful “seaport” feel about them, each quite different."

  • "It has become so difficult nowadays to tell or detect or perceive truth in the public arena, where the future of humanity and our planet are at issue."

  • On their last day in Stockholm, the pilgrims visit the Vasa Museum and a four story boat.

  • On the Feast of the Holy Trinity, the pilgrims attend a service at a Lutheran cathedral.

  • ". . . it’s good to recall St. Paul’s words: “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what lies ahead.” The past is past and the best is yet to come."

  • "“Imagination can lead us to preposterous conclusions if not governed by spiritual insight; but when guided by a good spirit, it can lead us to life-saving decisions.”"

  • "I am filled with gratitude for moments that still stay fresh in my memory. I thank God for a loving family, who gave me the freedom to explore a different landscape, and mingle with the local people. "

  • "The question stumped one of the most famous philosophers of the 20th century, yet we continue to ask it:   what is the meaning of life?"

  • Inspired by the sight of dandelion, today's author writes of their effect on him.

  • Thre are . . . " three constraining factors are why I am not overly anxious to get more countries under my belt or into my camera."

  • "'Walking (praying) “liberates thought. During that continuous but automatic effort of the body, the mind is placed at one’s disposal. It is then that thought can arise, surface or take shape.'"

  • "There followed a difficult period of discernment. I didn’t really want chemotherapy, I wasn’t sure I wanted radiation, and not even sure about surgery: why not just let things take their course?"

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