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Works for good…

In the letter to the Romans we read “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God…” I cannot hear or read that without thinking of a conversation I have a number of years ago. … Continue reading

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What a PAIN!

How are medicine and the church similar? Neither is all that good at treating pain! Back in the late 90’s when I was a health care chaplain in a skilled nursing facility I was struck by the reluctance of the … Continue reading

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Lost & Found

I grew up in Buffalo, NY 27 miles from Niagara Falls, one of the wonders of the US if not the world. Yet, despite the closeness the only time my family went to Niagara Falls was when we had out … Continue reading

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An apology

I apologize for not posting to the blog for so long.  I had rotator cuff surgery at the end of January and cannot type well or for any length of time. I will resume my musings and meanderings once the … Continue reading

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Marriage and Family values

As a person and as a priest I place very great value on the importance of marriage and family. I have deeply and personally experienced the monumental importance of family support and encouragement, and of the companionship and the bond … Continue reading

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When was the First Christmas?

I am again re-publishing this essay I wrote the Christmas after the death of my father and grandmother. It was first published in 1981 in the diocesan newspaper of the Diocese of Toronto.  “THE FIRST CHRISTMAS” When was the First … Continue reading

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A Modern John

A legendary world figure died this week.  A man who was both a prophet and a statesman.  The world mourns the loss of Nelson Mandella. He was able to transition from the voice of oppressed and marginalized to the leader … Continue reading

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The teacher appears

I am told there is a Chinese proverb “When the student is ready the teacher appears.” Every time I think I understand, God sends me another teacher. Just a few minutes ago one rang my doorbell. St Paul’s is hosting … Continue reading

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Let FREEDOM ring…

Freedom – it is a beautiful word. I recall as a child being awestruck by the thought.  To be free was something I loved both as concept and in those few moments of childish reality.  My child-self heard the concept … Continue reading

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Structural Concerns

Wednesday structural engineers were visiting the undercroft of St Paul’s looking at 120 year old beams and joists with an eye to making certain that when we install the pipe organ above the flooring structure would have the strength and … Continue reading

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