Station #3 I make a right turn and head for Campion College. I know that this is a place to address the unquenchable thirst for answers, for happiness.As I became aware that Tanis was experiencing every assault that the disease multiple myeloma could throw at her I went through my own journey of anguish and bewilderment. Where could I go to deal with this? My prayer turned into a more intense struggle, a time of conversion bringing me face-to-face with underlying truths. The first to surface... Read More
Station #2--is an attempt at a having a heart and mind rinse, hoping to meet and be more deeply attracted to a refreshing, uplifting and unmistakable Power. In fact the prophets invited listeners to find renewed strength in their times of trial by contemplating the all-powerful Creator of the universe. My goal in this station, a 15 minute walk along the shore of Wascana Lake, is to try to see creation through the eyes of a mystic, like St. Francis of Assisi. My approach is to become more keenly... Read More
Note: This is the second part of a 5 part blog series. The first blog can be read at change needed to address the social and environmental crisis we face requires only that we become the human beings we have been created to be. It is for this reason that the walk described below includes both spiritual and practical dimensions.The Laudato Si  Walk.Overview The walk consists of 5 Stations or segments. Station #1 is... Read More
This will be the first of a series of blogs that I will be posting on Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si. The illness my daughter Tanis suffers due to a cancer of the blood, offers a striking metaphor for what is happening to our earth. A walk which I created, consisting of five stations, provides the setting for the teachings of Laudato Si, as placed in the metaphor of Tanis’ illness.  Tanis and My Laudato Si Walk My adult daughter Tanis has Multiple Myeloma, a cancer of the... Read More
It has been far too long since my last blog. This is due, in part, to the overwhelming demand placed on this Office by refugees seeking Sponsorship for family and friends. I had to meet an onrush of requests when Abdul was in Australia. This actually turned into a blessing in the sense that it became clear that the refugee component of the Office should be restructured to more effectively deal with some delicate matters.The new procedures that have been put in place have come to look like this... Read More
Social Justice Wisdom tells parishes that if they are able to make an option for the poor , they will become more exciting and evangelizing.Listen to the way Pope Francis frames the above teaching in his Encyclical Evangelium Gaudium:“Any Church community, if it thinks it can comfortably go its own way without creative concern and effective cooperation in helping the poor to live with dignity and reaching out to everyone, will also risk breaking down, however much it may talk about social... Read More
His passing brought about these reflections, memories of how I was able to work with his style of shepherding. The time I spent with Bishop Dan was as Social Justice Coordinator, 11 years of opportunity in a ministry that calls all to focus on the welfare of the least, the lost and the lowest.   What stays with me is the power and ultimate purpose that some of the Archbishop's ‘small’ words and decisions had on me and ... Read More


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