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...

Learning to Breathe

Thursday, March 7, 2019 Written by

Here at the Parish office, a change in liturgical seasons is always a busy time. The last two weeks especially have been a little crazy: trying to get Ash Wednesday, Reconciliation times, our Penitential Service and Stations of the Cross organized and ready to go; looking forward to the Triduum and Easter and all the planning involved there – all of which goes on top of our regular weekly tasks and ongoing projects. It’s a bit of a wonder I’m still upright and coherent most of the time!

With all this busyness, I have been having a hard time getting ready for and in the mood of Lent...

A Sense of Ownership

Thursday, February 28, 2019 Written by

Have you noticed how common it is not to own stuff anymore? Increasingly, we’re paying only for the temporary use of things, rather than for the thing itself. For example, many of us now lease vehicles instead of buying them outright. With cars and trucks commanding ever-higher prices, perhaps there’s little choice in that. But a whole new segment of the population is taking that concept a step further and car-sharing only when they absolutely need it...

Go Team Red!

Friday, February 22, 2019 Written by

*Me on my armchair earlier this month: “Go Team Red! Go!” 

As I sit by the fireplace on this blustery, blowing snowy day, I am watching our oldest granddaughter from Calgary playing for gold in a ringette tournament in Richmond. Now, it may not be exactly like I am sitting in the cold rink but I am there in spirit and cheering from my armchair. With our family spread out across the country, I would envy all the grandparents enjoying their grandchildren. Our visits seemed to be too few and far between and I felt like we were missing so much. Our oldest grandchild is thirteen, our middle grandson is ten and our youngest is now four. And in a span of thirteen years, technology just keeps on advancing. Even in that time frame I have noticed the change...

A Personal Reflection on Priesthood

Thursday, February 14, 2019 Written by

What matters most in my priesthood?  It is not bringing people close to me or political hierarchy. It is not also confinement in the Rectory or office. It is not even reading what’s inside people’s minds. But, it is to convert sinners and to save souls...

Trudging Through

Thursday, February 7, 2019 Written by

As you’re probably aware, the last couple days have been cold. Really cold. And the days before that were snowy. Really snowy. And so we find ourselves in the midst of a good old fashioned Saskatchewan winter. I found myself chuckling this morning as I noticed a particular car in my apartment parking lot. It is totally covered in about a foot of snow, not plugged in, with snow banks surrounding it...

My Pens

Thursday, January 31, 2019 Written by

Over the last couple years I’ve been enjoying pens. It started with comparing various inexpensive disposable pens to see which was more reliable (go Bic Round Stick!). Then I picked up a few rollerball and gel pens. They’re so smooth, my beloved Zebra Sarasa never smears, and I adore the vibrant red of my Uniball Signo 207. It’s a thing of beauty.

Seasons

Thursday, January 24, 2019 Written by

Recently we’ve entered a new season. Actually, we’ve begun several new seasons, which can make it seem somewhat confusing, but more on that later. First of all, we’re now a few weeks into winter. This may seem strange because we’ve been living with the snow and cold for several months already. How can winter just be starting?...

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