Our Daily Lives

  • "God created a world in which we experience not only pain and suffering but also love, courage, faith, loyalty, compassion and hope."

  • "World Day of Migrants and Refugees. We have posted on this theme many times. Alas! The urgency of the plight of those looking for a safe home intensifies with each new political and ecological crisis.

  • "Human beings did not just evolve from random fish  into primates with self reflection ability. We are the product of divine intelligence"

  • "I like podcasts. They are a good way to distract you when you’re doing the dishes or at the gym or just needing something to entertain you on your drive. The problem is finding the right podcast."

  • "“What if we stopped busying ourselves by organizing nature to just exist with each other?”   My comrade asked wistfully one morning. John Lennon’s fine song came to mind; “Let it be.”

  • "A Guaranteed Liveable Income plan would make it possible for more Canadians to get job training, education, participate more fully in their communities and have resources made available to them which would facilitate a more dignified life rather than one which is stigmatized."

  • "“Fine,” I replied, “be the most ethical atheist you can be.” I think he was trying to “get off the hook thinking only religious folks have to be ethical. Not so, morality and ethics apply to  everyone."

  • "’ve read numerous pieces in recent years, written by women and men who are asking the question, can I remain in the church, in spite of all that has been exposed?"

  • " . . . we have seen that the real enemy is not a Muslim jihadist with a paper-cutter, on an aircraft, but the world that we have crafted ourselves."

  • :he message that needs to and must stick with us is simple: love one another. If we could manage to work toward fulfilling this commandment, then maybe, just maybe, we might have some hope of a better world."

  • How often do we desire to be someone/something other than what we are?

  • "When I’m sometimes automatically being judgmental, or nursing old resentments about past hurts, I think “that’s my ego, that’s the other standard.” "

  • "(It was believed the pelican pierced its own breast to feed its young with its blood.)"

  • "This summer of 2021 has had its share of ups and downs., consolations and desolations, pains and hopes."

  • "God has compassion for the “undeserving” as much as the “deserving”.  God knows them more than they know themselves.  God knows their pain.  God suffers with them.  God embraces them and invites them in."

  • “This people honours me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me …” Is there harmony between what I say and what I do?

  • "For me this came to mean that, since I was one of the Militant, I could pray TO the Triumphant and FOR the Suffering and the other Militant and that we all worked together in a mysterious but very real way."

  • "Sometimes elderly people can appear more childlike and humble. Not always of course. We can also be short tempered and judgmental."

  • "Our Western governments (including Canada) put up walls (figurative and real ones) to prevent refugees from coming to our countries.  Can you imagine the neighbouring towns of Lytton telling those fleeing residents: “Sorry, there’s no room at the inn.”?"

  • "The psalms are filled with beautiful images to describe the power of God in our lives. "

  • A poem looking at the current suffering in Haiti.

  • "Is it okay for a good practicing Roman Catholic to be angry about the contentious issue of the residential schools? And how do we express that anger?"

  • "What I find valuable in these two books is how they listen and observe. Instead of beginning with judgment, they present portraits of the situations and people directly involved . . "

  • We all experience it. Today''s poem explores the "joys" of aging.

  • "We have both lived long and very full lives, following our different paths, and no doubt I shall join him at some future date, soon or late."

  • "Today we are flooded with painful truths, all of them bad but true, so many truths that cannot be ignored, or forgiven without reconciliation. "

  • "Demolished a couple of years ago, the concrete is gone and the empty ground lot is now fenced in, a garden Mecca for weeds. "

  • "Why was I a Catholic priest from the other side of the world given the privilege of shepherding this Buddhist in his passage into the fullness of  life?  For me it was a Eucharist moment with an echo of the words of Jesus, “This is my body given up for you.”"

  • "As missionary disciples, we must endeavour to live and act in a way that gives witness to the Gospel itself.   And most importantly, we must do this with joy!"

  • Pope Francis said . . it was time to experience the ‘sweet and gentle touch’ of God’s forgiveness and his presence in these difficult times.  .’ 

  • "As Saint Augustine reminds us, that our deepest hunger and restlessness will never be satisfied, not until we rest in the Lord."

  • How should we remember the giants of the past in the present?

  • " . . . older people and grandparents also have a mission of evangelization, proclamation and prayer, and of encouraging young people in their faith.”

  • Looking into the diary of some one you love often brings unwelcome knowledge.

  • One way to shake free from some of the pandemic self-pity we feel.

  • What is the answer - -especially now - to that age old question " . . but why me?"

  • "“I am hungry for the work!” she said.  “It would be my greatest delight to minister to the abandoned souls.” "

  • "At the moment of his departure, however, “a silence fell on the crowd.” It was the “silence of sorrow” states Dr. Zsott Aradi, in his biography, Pope John XXIII: An Authorative Biography. The soldiers didn’t want him to leave!"

  • "Are national holidays times for celebration and fireworks and raucous parties? Or, are they occasions for serious reflection on who we are as a people? Probably a bit of both.

  • The writer looks at ways that the opposite of love is fear.

  • " When you have freed yourself from the dogma and conditioning of society, where will you go?   To those things you love."

  • "Cassian says that the best way out of acedia is to reverse all the tendencies that come from the thought. This requires knowing ourselves and our tendencies. "

  • "We may live in the developed world, but our moral, spiritual and intellectual poverty is immense, and heartbreaking for all those who love life."

  • "I am a Catholic priest. Although I understand the legal reasons for the lack of remorse on the part of the Roman Catholic Church, I do not comprehend the moral reasons. I veer somewhere between sadness and anger."

  • The author looks at some of the elements that make up the virtue of humility.

  • "I have missed going to church on a regular basis, so am really look forward to worshipping in a full church with the choir singing, and receiving the Eucharist joyfully. I won’t be afraid to sneeze or cough with all eyes looking in my direction."

  • "Liberation theology along with other philosophies that talk about justice and liberation are the answers to our worries and the problems of our society; they are not the definite or whole answer, no, but they are important."

  • " . . at the center of our faith is a relationship with a person who gives us the grace and strength necessary to overcome all our attachments, and all our un-freedoms. " 

  • "The death of some-one close to us, some-one with whom we have shared most of our lives must yield some of life’s rawest pain."

  • The question of why war "always takes incredible place" is brought forward.

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