Tag Archives: Old Testament

Traveling stones: a pilgrimage lesson in letting go

In the sixth century Saint Benedict said, “A monk should have death always before his eyes.”[1] ‘Death’ doesn’t need to refer only to our physical demise at the end of life but to any loss experienced in life. There are … Continue reading

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A wintery spirit

The winter of 2018 has been record-setting, so far. And we are barely one week into the new year! Did you know it was Ottawa’s coldest New Year’s Day since records began in 1873? At 8am on January 1st, the … Continue reading

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Pizza, sushi, pigs-in-a-blanket: It all matters

It’s an odd beginning.[1] You’d wonder why, if Matthew and Luke – and to some extent even John – begin with stories of Jesus’ birth, Mark starts his Gospel rather abruptly. And by reference to the Hebrew prophets of old. … Continue reading

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The hide-and-seek God

There is enough in the world today and in our own lives to seriously doubt the presence of a God, let alone a God who cares about what happens on earth. “Where is God?” is a question that is emerging … Continue reading

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Reforming Remembrance

In the last couple weeks, we have worn our poppies and have been challenged to remember. There is little to question about what actually happened in the First, Great War, the Korean War, The Second World War and all the … Continue reading

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Something always has to die …

(The following is taken from Richard Rohr’s commentary in his book “Wondrous Encounters; Scriptures for Lent”, with my added words.) The crowds were gathered in Jerusalem for the Passover Festival. This ritual is described in Exodus 12, and provides the … Continue reading

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From memory to presence

Whenever we suffer the stress of living, we naturally reach for ways of coping. Memory can be a healing salve. Not only remembering loved ones and friends from our past. But when it comes to observing traditions and special occasions … Continue reading

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