Living Outside the Box

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A week ago today (February 28) I heard a presentation by the leader of the Christian Life Movement (the group which helps us on our mission trip) which proposed the idea of “Living Outside the Box”. His comments and an article entitled “The Post Secular Life” by Michael Driessen in America Magazine have led me to explore this concept in […]

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House Blessings

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Last Saturday (February 27) we completed the construction phase of our mission trip. The wooden frame for the next section of the restraining wall for the road was completed and filled with rocks and concrete to form its base. After lunch our students played with local children while I blessed some houses in the neighbourhood. From the hillside on which […]

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Hospitality

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Today (February 26) as I was taking a break during our construction work in Pamplona Alta one of the locals handed me a cup of cold water. It was a small act of kindness which I appreciated. It also reminded me of a lesson I learned about hospitality on a previous trip. In the minds of most people, hospitality means […]

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Kingdom of God

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Today (February 25) I am in Lima, Peru with some students from St. Paul High School in Niagara Falls (Ontario) who have come on the school’s annual mission trip. We arrived early Tuesday morning and after getting a few hours sleep got up and celebrated Mass at the St. Rose of Lima Shrine in downtown Lima. After eating lunch we […]

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Beauty

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As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am an esthetically challenged person. One thing I like about being a Priest is when I get up in the morning I reach into my closet and put on a black clerical shirt and black pants. From my dresser I pull out a pair of black socks and a black sweater. I […]

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Parish Survey

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Last Sunday (February 14) my congregation participated in the Parish Survey portion of the Diocesan Discernment Process which will determine the future of St. Elizabeth’s. The survey was designed by an American institute which studies pastoral ministry issues. I was pleased there were 101 responses to the survey which was greater than the number of individuals who attended the parish […]

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“Dumb” Questions

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Recently, I published a blog in which I wrote: “Immense patience and a willingness to answer dumb questions is required”. Later, an acquaintance told me about someone who was offended by my comment. Their point was that many people ask questions which might sound “dumb” to a Priest but are meant to obtain information they honestly did not know. In […]

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Concord, California

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One week ago today (February 7) I was at a Leadership Council Meeting for World Wide Marriage Encounter. The Canadian Ecclesial Team (of which I am a member) met with our counterparts from the US and North American Ecclesial Teams to hear a report about the recent World Council Meeting and discuss a number of issues. At the meeting it […]

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Mercy

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Yesterday (February 10) was Ash Wednesday. At the beginning of each Lent I decide on a penance to help me prepare for Holy Week and Easter. As usual, I have given up drinking scotch whiskey. The sacrifice is enough to cause me some discomfort without my becoming an irritation to the people around me. However, this year I have added […]

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Absalom

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Tommorow’s first reading (2 Sam. 18:9-10,14,24-26,30 19:1-3) is among my favorite Old Testament texts because in it humanity surpasses expectations. Absalom wants to replace his father (David) as king of Israel and will kill him to do so. After David realizes public opinion has turned against him, he flees Jerusalem with his supporters to avoid bloodshed. When Joab (David’s army […]

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