Monthly Archives: December 2014

Legacy of Joy

Today I went to the funeral for one of my Grade 12 English teachers. Lynne Axworthy is one of the teachers who encouraged me to write. She was not the first but she would be the last of my teachers … Continue reading

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Holly Jolly Folly

This season is not always about joy for some folks. Today I was at my church and after mass the woman who sets up for the funerals stopped by and told me that a couple had delivered a stillborn child. … Continue reading

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Comfort and Joy

What is your purpose in life? Have you ever really considered this question? If so, are you fulfilling your mission? Today’s readings are in part about vocation. In the First Reading of Isaiah 61, the author professes “the Spirit of … Continue reading

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Hands Up! Who Can’t Breathe?

Sometimes peace seems more distant than other times. We are nearing the completion of this week of peace. Today on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, I hear the Mother say to Juan, “Only peace, my little son” … Continue reading

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World Peace

A young student I was working with the other day was rattling off her very long list for Santa and I smiled at her desires, varied and marvelous. We kept on working and it was a few hours before she … Continue reading

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Juan-abe

Today is the Feast Day of St. Juan Diego Cuauhlatoatzin, following on the heels of yesterday’s Feast of the Immaculate Conception. I love the Feast of St. Juan, a simple and poor man. I think at this time of year, … Continue reading

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Prepare the Way

The Advent readings are often rich in imagery. Today is no exception. We hear in Isaiah God calling out for comfort for his people. A voice cries out to prepare the way of the Lord, to make straight the way. … Continue reading

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Hopeful Hearts

The first week of Advent draws to an end, and with hopeful hearts we move towards peace. Today I went to the sacrament of Reconciliation. We have a lovely visiting Jesuit from Ireland and in some ways I wished that … Continue reading

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Huddle of Holiness

Still in Week 1 of Advent, Hope prevails. I am slowly getting my bearings–literally as the dizziness subsides. Sometimes I even feel perfectly normal for short periods. I hang on to Hope. I have a few friends going through some … Continue reading

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