Secret Service

The last child jumped out of the van and ran to the door while I waited to make sure their mom was home. Safe inside, I turned the old Chevy out of the alley and toward the church, thankful for some quiet.  The newer radio is playing some Hip Hop, with it’s red and blue […]

The Pilgrim’s Way: Enjoying Today

Anthony DeMello tells the story of Brother Bruno, who was trying to pray one evening when a bullfrog disturbed his prayers. No matter how hard he tried to ignore the loud frog, he found himself distracted and unable to concentrate.  Finally, in frustration he shouted at the frog to stop singing and he returned to […]

The Pilgrim’s Way: Clucking in Babylon

Walking in the woods one day, a man found an eagle’s egg, apparently abandoned.  He took it and placed it in the nest of one of his chickens, where it eventually hatched.  The eaglet grew up as a chicken, scratching at the ground and digging for worms and bugs.  He even learned to cluck like […]

Fusion

I was captivated as I stood at the altar with my nephew and his new bride.   They gazed intently into each other’s eyes as though they could hear or see nothing else.  I spoke briefly about the power of oneness called fusion. Fusion in physics is a nuclear reaction in which two or more atomic nuclei join together, or […]

An Inconvenient Christmas

Christmas is not found in the in a post card Winter Wonderland world we imagine. Rather, it is discovered in the messy life of our unfinished tasks and unfulfilled longings. God’s comfort, however, comes when we welcome Him into the fragmented parts of our lives, not just the parts we have all together. Mary welcomed […]

The Interrupted Life

It has been said, “Life is in the interruptions.” Christmas also reminds us that God is in the interruptions.  We spend so much of our lives on hold, it seems.   Now we are waiting for Christmas holidays to start and then we’ll wait for the next paycheck to pay for them.  We stand in […]

2012 Mistique

2012 will be remembered as the winter solstice with its ‘end of the world’ forecasts and ‘dawn of a new age’ predictions. Which will it be? The mystique around 12/21/12 is centred around a combination of the Mayan calendar ending its 5125 year cycle, and the sun being aligned with the center of the Milky […]

Going Somewhere

I love the scene from Forrest Gump where he decides to start running one day as therapy to deal with the disappointment of Jenny moving out.  Soon, however, he has this following of people running nowhere with him.  Then there’s the scene where after three years, he just stops and says, “I’m going home.”  All those would […]

Work: Chasing after the wind.

Does work ever get you down? You are not alone. The author of Ecclesiastes lamented his work too: “What has a man from all the toil and striving of heart with which he toils beneath the sun? For all his days are full of sorrow and his work is a vexation. Even in the night […]

The Safest Place On Earth

What is your happy place? For me, it’s a lakeside cabin in Temagami, Ontario where I spent my summers growing up like Davy Crockett. (I’ve even saved my trusty hunting/whittling knife from those days.) Others may find their happy place in a more urban setting, like a local cafe or in the magic of Disney […]

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