Today my friend and I had a socially distanced picnic on the front lawn of the church behind my house because this is something that is still permitted and it’s worthwhile to relish the opportunities we do have amidst the circumscription of our freedom. Continue reading “Relishing freedom”
Every now and again someone will ask me how my parents and brother are doing in Calgary amidst the pandemic and I laugh to myself because my parents have been thoroughly home-based for more than thirty years.
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“The Presence of God is an applying of our spirit to God, or a realization of God as present, which is borne home to us either by the imagination or by the understanding.” ― Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God
It’s already very late on Easter Sunday and so, happy Easter! Today I have been reflecting on the real presence of persons and the real presence of Christ. May the physical distance between persons from one another and from the sacraments startle us to greater awe and reverence for them both. Continue reading “Real Presence”
I love getting Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’ words of wisdom via WhatsApp message on my phone. He always offers such refreshing and illuminating insights.
Today I listened to a short clip about the custom of spilling a drop of wine, including at the mention of the ten plagues during the Passover Seder meal. Continue reading “Moral maturity & Passover”
Today I started reading a book of cultural commentary that came recommended to me from a wise and literary friend. The book was written in 1999 by Jedidiah Purdy who was in his mid-twenties when he wrote it. The book is titled For Common Things: Irony, Trust, and Commitment in America Today. Continue reading “On Irony”
On this date, fifteen years ago, Pope John Paul II died. I remember this time well because I was 14 at the time and the news of his death was, paradoxically, also the biggest news to me of his life. Before his death, I’d heard his name my whole life but I hadn’t really gotten to know much about him or his remarkable biography. But then, in 2005, every magazine cover had his face on it and it seemed that there was unending coverage of this Catholic leader whose life had made a profound difference not only in the Church but throughout the whole world in the drama of the twentieth century. Continue reading “The day John Paul II died”
Viktor Frankl, author of Man’s Search for Meaning, also wrote a book titled The Doctor and the Soul. In the introduction, Frankl argues that life has meaning as long as we have the capacity to suffer: “For the possibility of realizing values by the very attitude with which we face our unchangeable suffering—this possibility exists to the very last moment. […] The right kind of suffering—facing your fate without flinching—is the highest achievement that has been granted to man.” Continue reading “Suffering without flinching”
My good friend Peter Burns compiled several entries from young people living in Canada, the US, the UK, Brazil, Lebanon, Israel, and Iraq.
Included is this one from me:
Continue reading “Quarantine Diaries: A roundup of several young voices worldwide”
Today I recalled a UK-based charity called The Campaign to End Loneliness, which launched back in 2011. In 2017, the project released this 3-minute “Loneliness Project” video that asked, “Could you go a week without seeing anyone? This is a reality for over half a million older people in the UK.”
Check it out:
Continue reading “Ever hear about the campaign to end loneliness?”