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Laudato Si Sunday reflection: Indifference or making a difference?
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Laudato Si Sunday reflection: Indifference or making a difference?
Today's reflection is brought to you byLuke 13: 1-9.We know,O Lord,that the people killed by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique,are not worse sinnersthan we are.We know that those who diedin the floods of Malawi and Zimbabweare not worse offendersthan anyone else on our planet.We shouldn't be indifferent...
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Foggy morning walk
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Foggy morning walk
I was a bit grumpy when my hubby got up much too early for my liking this Saturday (read: sleep-in) morning -- but when I looked out the window and saw the fog, I was ready to go dog walking with my camera in short order. We decided to head to the Gold Bar/Rundle Park area of our city. Shadow was...
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Laudato Si Sunday reflection: Becoming God's glory
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Laudato Si Sunday reflection: Becoming God's glory
This week's reflection is brought to you byPhilippians 3:20 - 4:1.O God,if we really believedthat we are citizens of heaven,would we treat your earth the way we do?If we see your Christ in all that you have made,shouldn't we be sprucing our world upinstead of messing it up?We are partners with yo...
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Coffee with Ralph and Lidia
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Coffee with Ralph and Lidia
I happened to see my dear Italian neighbour, Ralph, on Monday morning, as he was backing his car out of the driveway. When he saw me, his face lit up, he stopped his car, and opened the door to say (as he often does), "I haven't seen you for a longa-time!"Conscious that his car was partly blockin...
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Laudato Si Sunday reflection: Our response to God this Lent
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Laudato Si Sunday reflection: Our response to God this Lent
This week's reflection is brought to you byDeuteronomy 26:4-10.What response can we make to you,O God?We are descendantsof wandering Arameans,always seeking to fill the God-shaped holesin our souls.We enslave ourselvesto possessions that we don't need,money that we don't have,and dreams of fame a...
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Share the journey
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Share the journey
Lent is here again. While we should always be caring for those among us who are in need, Lent seems to be the time when we make a more concerted effort.The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace has chosen to focus on migrants and refugees this Lent, inviting us to Share the Jou...
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Laudato Si Sunday Reflection: Seeing rightly, living rightly
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Laudato Si Sunday Reflection: Seeing rightly, living rightly
Today's reflection is brought to you byLuke 6:39-45.You challenge us,O Christ,to see rightly.Our blind spotsto your will in our worldcome from our own prejudices.It is easierto find fault with othersthan to address our own inadequacies.Known by the fruit we bear,we must ask ourselves:where does o...
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Laudato Si Sunday Reflection: Mercy and graciousness
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Laudato Si Sunday Reflection: Mercy and graciousness
This Sunday's reflection is brought to you byPsalm 103.You,O God,are mercy and graciousness itself.I bless you,and count myself blessed.You forgive,heal,redeem,and crown mewith your love and mercy,evenand especiallywhen I don't deserve it.You don't wag a finger in blamebut simply remove my sinsto...
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Bohemian waxwings
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Bohemian waxwings
It dawned on me yesterday that I haven't been very good at sharing my blessings in my year of Blessing, 2019. So this morning, when I looked out my front window, I immediately saw a blessing that I can share. I quietly opened the door and stood on the front step in my pajamas with my camera, and ...
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Perspective
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Perspective
It seems that the older I get, the more challenging life becomes. Maybe it's because I'm increasingly aware of the suffering of those around me, and my own. Maybe it's too much coverage of bad politicians and bad news from around the globe. I know that the climate crisis gets me down now and agai...
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Laudato Si Sunday Reflection: Slowing down, using less
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Laudato Si Sunday Reflection: Slowing down, using less
Today's reflection is brought to you byJeremiah 17:5-8.For too long,O God,we have believedmore in ourselvesthan really trusted in you.And now we seeevidence of our own foolishnesseverywhere we look.In turning away from youand the sacrednessof all that you have made,we are turning parts of our pla...
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Simple Suggestion #280... Do something just for joy's sake
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We human beings are great at talking ourselves out of doing things, especially when we think that no one even notices what we do, so sometimes we miss out on things that simply bring us joy. But these students and teachers at the Saint James Music Academy in Vancouver know the fun of making music...
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Book Review: Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
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Book Review: Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
It's been a while since I've posted a book review, but given the fact that I keep mentioning this book to friends, I thought maybe I should also mention it to my readers. I really enjoy fiction that makes me wonder which aspects of a story might be true-to-life and that makes me think more deeply...
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Laudato Si Sunday Reflection: Here am I; send me!
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Laudato Si Sunday Reflection: Here am I; send me!
This Sunday reflection is brought to you byIsaiah 6:5-8.Holy Spirit,I am like Isaiah,feeling unworthyor maybe,overwhelmed,in tackling the tasksthat you ask me to accomplish.But it is me,not you,who is making excusesand putting up barriers.It is our humanity,not you,who pretendthat we can't dowhat...
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