In search of the Promised Land

Migration has always been part of the human experience, as people escape natural disasters, drought, famine and/or oppression

In search of the Promised LandEven inflammatory statements may contain a kernel of truth. Such is the case with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon’s remarks regarding the opposition of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to President Donald Trump’s decision to rescind DACA. The USCCB unequivocally denounced the decision. In their statement, the bishops called it “reprehensible”…

Maintaining a sense of purpose in a changing workplace

While it is easy to blame globalization for the job losses, the real culprits are increased automation and investment in software

Maintaining a sense of purpose in a changing workplaceLabour Day marks the unofficial end of summer. It’s back to routine and, once again, the workplace takes precedence. But what if there was no work? As automation and new technologies continue to reduce the labour force, economists and others are pondering this question. Since 2000, the United States has lost five million manufacturing jobs…

Canada’s landscapes a source of inspiration

These are the great vistas that I consider spiritually charged, that speak about transcendence, that imbue a sense of the sacred, that stir the receptive soul

Canada’s landscapes a source of inspirationI spent Canada Day on a plane traversing the nation. On the 150th anniversary of Confederation, it seemed appropriate to fly from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The aerial views provided an opportunity to enjoy the vast and diverse Canadian landscape in one fell swoop. Our day began at 4:30 a.m. Atlantic time. The weather was…

A summer reading list to challenge your perspectives

These authors examine death and dying, love and romance, the immigrant experience and cultural chasms, and the heavy burdens family members must often carry

A summer reading list to challenge your perspectivesSummer reading lists abound. From my reading over the last year, I recommend the following. All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews is drawn from the author’s life. Her wit sparkles through the sadness of this story of two sisters, Elf and Yoli. Elf suffers from depression and is determined to kill herself.  She repeatedly…

When in Rome … the value of gestures of respect

Not only does following St. Ambrose's advice eliminate cause for offence, it opens eyes to the diversity of belief and practice that informs the lives of others

When in Rome … the value of gestures of respectWhen in Rome, do as the Romans do. St. Ambrose, who was bishop of Milan in 387 AD, gets credit for the saying. He was responding to a question from St. Augustine. Augustine’s mother Monica, who had travelled from Rome, noticed that Christians in Milan didn’t fast on Saturday, as was the custom in Rome. She…

Brief encounters can change your perspective of others

Brief encounters, like taxi trips, help us make connections with those whose circumstances and experiences differ from ours, but with whom we share our humanity

Brief encounters can change your perspective of othersI usually avoid conversations with taxi drivers. Their job is to drive me, not talk to me. Once the mandatory pleasantries are over, I’m content with silence. A nod of the head, a thank you and perhaps a tip are all that’s required to conclude the encounter. While most of my cab rides have been…

Dignity is at the heart of a person’s ability to thrive

We all have a need for economic security, material and emotional well-being – and to belong and be cherished

Dignity is at the heart of a person’s ability to thriveI recently attended the first day of a two-day poverty reduction summit. At the end of the first day, participants were enthusiastic and hopeful. There was a feeling of optimism about our ability to create a community where all individuals, regardless of income, could thrive. The summit followed an appreciative inquiry process. Appreciative inquiry (AI)…

Caring for the body, mind and soul in the great outdoors

Time spent in the natural world nourishes our soul, makes us more receptive to goodness and beauty, helps us perceive truth, and opens us to the presence of God

Caring for the body, mind and soul in the great outdoorsTRAIL, B.C., April 30, 2017 /Troy Media/ – If you can’t wait to go camping or be in the great outdoors, there are good reasons for it beyond the desire to get out of Dodge. Research proves what we have long intuited: being outside is good for us. Physical and psychological health improves with time…

Hippity hoppity: following the trail of the Easter bunny’s origins

What do bunnies and eggs have to do with the religious celebration of Easter, the most important feast day of the Christian calendar?

Hippity hoppity: following the trail of the Easter bunny’s originsTRAIL, B.C., April 11, 2017 /Troy Media/ – The community Easter egg hunt was fun until the Easter bunny showed up. My granddaughter took one look at the hairy hare and the bliss of savouring a chocolate egg turned to terror. My grandson carried on happily eating his treat until the Easter bunny approached him, at…

Married priests would broaden perspective of Catholic Church

While there are significant challenges, married priests would be a boon to a church suffering from a lack of manpower

Married priests would broaden perspective of Catholic ChurchTRAIL, B.C. Mar. 30, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Pope Francis is open to the possibility of ordaining married men as priests. But don’t get too excited. The Catholic Church moves at glacial speed and a cadre of married priests won’t be joining the clerical ranks any time soon. My initial reaction was cynical. Ordaining married…