Our Daily Lives

  • "At this time when we’re all weary of pandemic ,  a bit of Greek might offer  an iota of consolation. "

  • Jesse Thistle's intense personal memoir prods readers to acknowledge how systemic poverty, addiction, homelessness and oppression ultimately affects us all. "

  • "When Marjorie began committing her crime, she was almost a grandmother."

  • "When I was very young, after the evening supper, with dishes and food still on the table, my dad would kneel down and begin the rosary.  My mum, sisters, and I followed suit kneeling and, leaning elbows on the seat of our chairs, answered each invocation with ‘holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us

  • "Listening to Sister Divinia’s talk about her life among the Indigenous made us witnesses to the planting of seeds of hope. She is a light in the darkness."

  • " . . the sick and the dying are not to be looked down upon or pitied or be the fulfillment of a need to be charitable, but to be rightfully respected as persons who minister to us through their illness and frailty.  I term this the “Ministry of Dying and Illness.” 

  • "In recent reports, the Jesuits of Haiti have developed a deep and bold analysis of the current Haitian crisis and raised the alarm with local and international stakeholders."

  • " I do not collect and write down my dreams,  but I am conscious of them and log some of them mentally. "

  • Thoreau . . "wrote in his journal in 1853, ‘I wish to hear the silence of the night, for the silence is something positive and to be heard.’  "

  • "We have broken the vertical relationship of cooperation and have established a horizontal relationship of fraternity. "

  • They also serve . . .

  • "“I am the salvation of the people, says the Lord. Should they cry to me in any distress, I will hear them, and I will be their Lord for ever."

  • "Now we wear orange as a sign that our Canada includes Indigenous nations as equal and founding members of our country. "

  • "I am not even sure the publication of the story changed the lives of the fishing community. But I learned to listen, to educate myself. I discovered the power of amplifying the voices of others."

  • The what ifs in our lives if dwelt on can lead to lives of negativity or to lessons of luminous thoughts.

  • The most amazing things can be uncovered after 25 years!

  • "The group was fluid as were the  discussions: never mandated, always challenging, mostly respectful."

  • "Rather, what irritated the Church was Galileo’s excursion into metaphysics: his insistence on the superiority of what he called primary substances, which can be described mathematically, over un-mathematical secondary substances."

  • Consider what might be the prayer of a refugee and then decide what to do in answer to that prayer.

  • "A number of years ago however I made a conscious choice to welcome winter as a friend that challenges me to stand tall and be strong.  Surprisingly this choice has helped me love both seasons."

  • "God only requires an open heart that has tried to love tenderly. "

  • Are we ever ready? Something to contemplate as we shortly begin a month dedicated to All Souls.

  • Henri Nouwen is so right when he says, “Gratitude flows from the recognition that who we are and what we have are gifts to be received and shared.”

  • This Sunday is also acknowledged as World Mission Sunday by the Church. The day is meant to encourage a missionary spirit in all of us.

  • Early 1978 found me teaching a vocational course in basic electric wiring – a joy to teach despite my limited language skills.  I’ve continued high school teaching, while filling in Jesuit administrative posts.

  • Healing is always a team effort; it takes a team of colleagues, with the adaptation of the holistic approach of Christ, to heal someone."

  • "Here I could live with people who, like Palestinian refugees, had been displaced from their ancient homes, and who, like the Palestinians, felt not that the land belonged to them but that they belonged to the land."

  • What is God teaching us in the climate crisis?

  • Why can't I just be better at being more grateful to God, not to mention to those around me?

  • What to do with the gifts that the Creator has given us? We simply say - suscipe - take Lord, receive . . .

  • A Thanksgiving Day draws near, some of our writers share what they are thankful for .. .

  • "May these recollections and those of many others ensure that the memory of this man of God remain a blessing to all who knew of him or had the pleasure of meeting him."

  • "Well, when Jesus was commanding the faithful to leave their gift at the altar if they remember that a brother or sister has something against them, and go be reconciled to them, He said this without any conditions."

  • ". . . has any good come out of God’s living among us when babies are being murdered in God’s name? Would my view change if I went to another church?"

  • “We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential school

  • " . . .a silent, stone statue seemed to breathe new life into me."

  • "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."

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