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Canada can do better

July 2, 2021

July 1, 2021“Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.  Do not   forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so some   people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”  Hebrews 13:1I love Canada. In 1924 and 1926, while Mackenzie King was Prime Minister , my parents were part of a huge movement of Russia/Ukrainian […]

It is not about the Whale ( 4 )

June 17, 2021

June 17, 2021Good afternoon, ”  He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. Now, Lord, takeaway my life, for it is […]

It is not about the Whale ( 3)

June 17, 2021

UNE 16, 2021Good afternoon, ” When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.  But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. ”                                […]

It is not about the Whale ( 2)

June 17, 2021

Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish saying ” …. “. Then the Lord spoke to the fish, and it spewed Jonah out upon dry land.”   JONAH 2:1 and 10From verses 2-9, you can read the prayer of Jonah in the belly of the whale/fish/shark.  I think he finds repentance in […]

It is not about the Whale ( 1)

June 17, 2021

une 14, 2021Good afternoon, ( This week’s reflections will begin with the book of Jonah. A man was spit out by whale along the Atlantic coast, near Cape Cod last week )” The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”  […]

I Am Angry, Mr. Prime Minister

June 14, 2021

June 14, 2021Good afternoon,( This week’s reflections will begin with the book of Jonah. A man was spit out by whale along the Atlantic coast, near Cape Cod last week ) ” The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”  […]

FEAR AND THE BIRDS

June 9, 2021

June 8, 2021Good afternoon. ” There is no fear in love, for perfect love casts out all fear… the one who fears is not made perfect in love ”                   1 John 4:18 Alfred Hitchcock was a horror film director. Much of the fear was off screen. It was what […]

Decisions decisions decisions

June 8, 2021

une 7, 2021“Lord, I have heard of your fame;    I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord.         Repeat them in our day. ”    Habbakuk 3:1 The Jesuits ( a Catholic Order ) have a certain way of making decisions. When I was thinking about my position at Floradale I thought about it in this way:1) Reasons to stay2) Reasons to […]

words and actions

June 8, 2021

June 3, 2021Good afternoon, Mark is the shortest Gospel. It is considered by most people to be the earliest book about Jesus. He tells the story in short stories. Jesus’ words are rare. We hear mostly about Jesus’ actions, miracles, travels and the road to the cross. Jesus’s activity seems very important to salvation. Mark took […]

215 215 215

June 2, 2021

June 1, 2021Good afternoon, 215This is the number from one residential school in British Columbia. It is the number of children that they have found buried at one location. I went to school in Niagara-on-the-Lake. If researchers today found 215 bodies of children at my school, what would the response be ? Why did no one […]