Ponder Anew Blog

DONKEY RIDER, DONKEY RIDER

March 30, 2021

March 29, 2021Good afternoon,(This week I will offer prayers/poems for our journey to the cross.)Mary Oliver is slowly becoming a favourite poet of mine. She died in 2019, I bought a big book of her poems after she had passed away.The Jesuits have a long tradition of using their imaginations with Scripture. With this poem , I see it […]

ALMOST IN JERUSALEM

March 25, 2021

March 24, Good afternoon, ” Then Jesus said to him [ Bartimaeus ] , ” What do you want me to do for you ?. The blind man said, ‘ Let me see again .’ “  Mark 11:51 In Mark’s Gospel this story happens right before the entry into Jerusalem. Jesus and his friends are in […]

MCC AND NAZISM: A Troubling story

March 23, 2021

March 20, 2021Good afternoon,” To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  John 8:31-32 MCC might have some troubled past. I have heard rumours. I am now reading two books about German Mennonites and […]

ENEMIES : LOVE THEM

March 23, 2021

March 19, 2021Good afternoon,” An estimated 30 percent of the bombs dropped on Laos failed to explode upon impact, and in the years since the bombing ended, 20,000 people have been killed or maimed by the estimated 80 million bombs left behind. In 2016, President Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Laos.”—–   from WikipediaFrom […]

WHO ARE YOU?

March 23, 2021

ARCH 22, 2021Good morning, ” He/him or she/her or he/she  or he/her or us/they                      or  LGBTQQIP2SAA “ These are some of the ways that people identify themselves. It is a way to define your life through your gender, sex or sexuality. Some of this has come about in […]

March 14, 2021

March 13, 2021Good evening.“As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.”  Luke 9:51Jesus has ministered for three years in Galilee, according to Luke. He selected some followers, he told parables, did some miracles, went away to be silent and calmed the waters, a few times. He […]

Fear and Love

March 12, 2021

March 12, 2021Good afternoon ” There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” from I JohnI am still on the road of perfecting love to drive out fear. I try to love everyone. I think it […]

Fear of the Angels of this World

March 12, 2021

March 11, 2021Good afternoon,“Fear Not” says the angel to Joseph ( Jesus’s dad )“Fear Not” says the angel to Mary    ( Jesus’s mom ) This fear is part of the birth stories. It is a strange story of dreams, pregnancies, shepherds and the Wise People from the East. All of it is unbelievable. The birth […]

MR. CECIL BRUNTON – Principal

March 9, 2021

March 9, 2021Good afternoon,“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”  Proverbs 9:10Mr. Brunton was our principal at Parliament Oak School in Niagara-on-the-Lake. He was bigger than life. At Remembrance Day he showed us movies of WWII because he served there. He marched the school downtown to the […]

The Great Love of God — THE PIETA

March 9, 2021

March 2, 2021Good afternoon,” Mary pondered all these things in her heart ” Luke 2:19   Good afternoon, This is the famous Pieta done by Michelangelo ( 1475-1564 ). It is in the Vatican in Rome. It is Mary holding her son after he has been taken down from the cross. It is seen as a symbol […]