"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."
"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".
"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."
'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. "
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. "
"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."
"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."
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.