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Fear or Trust

We live in a culture that is strung out on fear. We hear constantly about economic fears, political threats, assaults on our values, of elevated terror threat levels, hear bits of international intelligence and of incidents that have happened. In … Continue reading

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What we hear in the silence

The attention of the world is once again on horrific violence and mass murder that occurs weekly, and almost daily, across the United States. We are bombarded with differing ideologies, political philosophies and varying interpretations of constitutional intent and the … Continue reading

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I have had enough!

“I have had enough!” Once again I am thinking and saying this as I hear of the latest gun violence (this time in Orlando). As I attend another vigil. Once again I see posts proclaiming “Never again!” but “never” seems … Continue reading

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Being Led in the Dance

I have a confession to make – I always envied Fred Astair, Gene Kelly and many others who were able to do the song and dance routines in the movies. I would hum along and think about those moves but … Continue reading

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In the Shadow of the Valley of Death

The readings from scripture set the tone for the third Sunday in the Easter Season – a time set aside in the Christian Calendar for celebrating new life, resurrection, and joy. But we also come here in the shadow of … Continue reading

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Peace, Sent, Receive, Witness

John’s Gospel account tells us that it is Easter evening. Earlier in the day Peter and the beloved disciple had gone to the tomb –  in the early morning, after Mary Magdalene came and told them that Jesus body was … Continue reading

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The Power of Story

I do not remember  the content of the many conversations I had with my grandfather over my growing up years – but I DO remember the stories. Many of them I continue to tell, and tell, and tell… Stories have … Continue reading

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Stories Shape Us

In the first reading from Exodus we hear of Moses, the former prince of Egypt who grew up in privilege killed an Egyptian overseer who was mistreating a Hebrew slave and was forced to flee Egypt is out in the … Continue reading

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Temptations

Last Sunday’s’ Gospel passage from Luke is about Jesus in the wilderness facing various temptations. My grandfather was quite fond of telling folk that he could “resist everything except temptation…” The very strange and factual reality is that in the … Continue reading

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When was the First Christmas?

(A note from Don: 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. It seem appropriate … Continue reading

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