Canada is my home, my favourite country in all the world. I have traveled from sea to shining sea, from Tofino to St. John’s, dipping my foot in both oceans. I have spent time in the North and caught a glimpse of the northern lights flickering while stretched out in my parka and sorrels on a hide in -45 degree weather. This country is amazing.
God created it and said it was good. God scattered people who spell differently than Americans, eat poutine, and sit on chesterfields throughout the vastness I am proud to call home. The Creator placed here long before the Europeans, the Aboriginal people who knew how to live here. The Almighty gave us saints like Marguerite d’Youville, Marguerite Bourgeoys, Jean Brebeuf, and Kateri Tekakwitha to work among the poorest of the poor.
I have globetrotted and witnessed how stunningly gorgeous this world is but I have always come home. O Canada, you have my heart now and always. I am blessed to have been born here and am grateful to God for allowing me to live here in peace while so many in our world do not have that luxury.
Pray for our leaders–that God may grant them wisdom and courage to do the right thing at the right time. O Canada, I stand on guard for you, the true North, strong and free.
Where is your earthly home and what does it mean to you?
What saints does your country have and what role did they have in creating your country?
Creator, you made this world and saw that it was good. Thank you for making my country Canada with such beauty and freedom. I pray for its leaders that they may govern wisely the resources and people. I pray for all newcomers who were welcomed today–as many of our saints welcomed the poor and immigrants. May Canada be a light unto the nations. Amen.