The Problem with Superheroes

Thursday, May 16, 2019 Written by

I’d make a lousy superhero. Not just for the obvious reasons, such as a lack of super-strength, lightning-fast reflexes or the willingness to run into burning buildings (not to mention the fact that spandex and I shouldn’t be even in the same room). No, my reasons are much more practical. I operate in the world of facilities management, and my first two thoughts when I see a superhero in a movie crash through a glass building facade to stop a bad guy are:

  1. Where are they going to find someone to fix that in the middle of the night?     and
  2. Is that going to be covered by insurance?...

An Ode to the Volunteers

Friday, May 10, 2019 Written by

Oh great volunteers of the Cathedral, shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Well, with poetry a land upon which I never tread,
I think it would be wise to take another option.
How about a story instead?

One of the privileges of my job as Admin Assistant is I get to work with a substantial number of the volunteers who selflessly give of their time here at the Cathedral. And truly, it is an honour to work with them… with you. From our ministry sign-up Sundays in the Fall, to the different asks and programs throughout the year, I am always astounded not only by how many different people respond to the call, but by the generosity of those who respond...

Pondering Rest

Friday, May 3, 2019 Written by

There is a saying, a proverb I found, that states: “a change is as good as a rest.”  An interesting concept indeed. In small ways I have tried applying this proverb. A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to have had a visit from the flu bug. My whole body ached, even my hair hurt, and I had zero energy. So, in efforts to not cause more distress by touching my hair and to conserve energy for higher priority things like breathing, I did not shave and allowed my facial hair to grow. It was a change. Now, I am not sure if any rest came from it, but I believe that I did save some energy and time in the morning not having to shave; plus, I probably saved some money too, but I will need to consult my financial council friends to help me analyze the savings on shaving cream, razor blades, water, electricity, etc that was a direct result of the non shaving...

Happy Easter

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 Written by

My dear People of God,

Happy Easter!

Easter calls us out of the darkness that shrouds our lives into the light of possibility, of healing and of re-creation. In his rising from the dead, Christ enables us to bring into our own lives all that he taught and lived throughout his life: the love, compassion, generosity, humility and selflessness that ultimately triumphs over hatred, bigotry, prejudice, despair, greed and death...

March winds....

Thursday, April 11, 2019 Written by

March winds... April showers... Even though it is still early, I think we are all looking forward to the May flowers. After experiencing one of our coldest winters, and with spring just teasing us, I started a few seeds and already I am seeing results. The tomatoes however, I started for the second time but hopefully this time germination will be successful...

Almsgiving in Lent

Friday, April 5, 2019 Written by

As I have observed, ‘Catholics are always ready to give God all the credit, but not their cash!’ Thus, Jesus reminds all of us of our duties as Christians. The Code of Canon Law states: “Christ’s faithful have the obligation to provide for the needs of the Church, so that the Church has available to it those things which are necessary for divine worship, for works of the apostolate and of charity and for the worthy support of its ministers” (canon 222, par. 1). When Jesus said, “The laborer deserves his wages,” he is also telling us, ‘Just as you pay the carpenters who build your house, so also you must support my messengers who maintain the upkeep of your souls and build my Church.’...

Life just sometimes feels like a roller coaster, doesn’t it? My February was certainly not what I expected and March seemed to fly right by. Now, on the doorstep of April, I can’t help but look back (even on just these two months) and be surprised by all there has been and is and all there is yet to be...

It's so simple

Thursday, March 21, 2019 Written by

It’s Lent, the time when we give something up, a season for fasting. I remember the year my parents decided we were giving up TV for Lent. That felt like the longest Lent ever.

It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that we are now immersed in the season of Lent. Just listen to the conversations going on among Catholic folks: “I gave up coffee for Lent.”   “Oh no thanks, I gave it up for Lent.”  “No chocolate for me, it’s Lent.”  “What did you give up for Lent?”   

Lent, at times, sure can seem to be the season of “giving things up.” But in Bishop Mark’s Ash Wednesday homily, which I found extremely insightful, inspiring, and profoundly powerful, he encouraged us to go further. He “dared” us to take the journey further this Lent; to go further than just giving up salty snacks, or coffee, or whatever...

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