Our Daily Lives

  • 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?"

  • The pros and cons of bread are the substance of today's Poetry Week Friday.

  • "Some of us are overly protective of our time and personal priorities, not wanting to be co-opted by another’s desires for us, even if we have a sense that it is God’s desire for us."

  • "“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good his steadfast love endures forever.”        Psalm 118   "

  • "Recently the term “a lost generation” has been popping up in many conversations, and it seems unusual now, when you think about the context in which this expression originated."

  • "“When I said to the refugee family that I didn’t have many family members, they said that I could join their family.”"

  • The parish developed a strategic plan based upon four key areas: building relationships, fostering faith and spirituality, social justice, and commitment to sustainability."

  • "consider these words: “I think people really marry far too much; it is such a lottery after all, and for a poor woman a very doubtful happiness.” "

  • "Learning to work in this secular context will become more essential in whatever part of Canada or of the world we will have pitched our tent."

  • "Holy Week’s readings of God’s love for us seem more realistic and life giving than the grim news media."

  • "  Indeed, there is something courageous and downright human about the individuals who can hold onto hope in spite of the fact that things seem to be falling apart around them. "

  • "By hearing first-hand stories of forced migration and destitution, we pray that God may open our hearts during Lent and prepare us to celebrate the Paschal Mystery at Easter “with the joy of minds made pure.”"

  • The poet looks at what happens when our realities and our hopes meet.

  • The Universal Intention for February asked that victims of human trafficking be welcomed.

  • "“When riches are closed up like this so that they become stagnant, what do they do for you?...  Wells become more productive if they are drained completely, while they silt up if they are left idle. Thus wealth left standing is of no use to anyone, but put to use and exchanged it becomes fruitful a

  • "The black hole that we see in this new photo  of Galaxy M87 still is for scientists a great “unknown” that they are just beginning to try to unravel.  Can we as believers share with scientists in the wonder, awe and reverence in the face of this awesome reality? "

  • The poet today gives us a nursery rhyme on climate change. I wonder why?

  • "Elzéard Bouffier (the shepherd) offers us a vocation of planting trees (and then raising bees). He speaks to us through his peaceful and solitary existence."

  • "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. "

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