Bridging the Church to the World

Ascension Day holds a very special place in my heart in that it is the Anniversary of my ordination to the Diaconate. May 21, 2009 was Ascension Day and I along with a colleague who now works in the Diocese of Toronto were ordained at St. Michael and All Angels Cathedral on this day, Ascension Day.   The timing of... Read More


Is Hell Real?

At some point along the way, the inevitable question will come up during confirmation preparation, “Is hell real?” This question will usually come up if the well-meaning facilitator of the class wants people to feel free to ask whatever question they have been desperate to ask, but felt embarrassed or afraid to... Read More


Following the Voice of God

Thomas Merton in his prayer, “A Prayer of Daring Trust” prays, “My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. . .” So many times we find ourselves... Read More


So Where Do We Go From here?

Things are always different aren’t they when someone we love dies. Things are different, and yet there is also a strange familiarity as well.             People, our neighbourhood and world is the same and familiar. Even our daily routines, while slow to re-engage do come back and become familiar and regular... Read More


Easter Sunday - Seeing God in the World

And so the story continues. We have journeyed through Lent and Holy Week and followed faithfully the steps of Jesus, those life changing and formative moments in his life as he makes his way to the Cross. If it wasn’t for today, the events of this past week, Jesus being betrayed by Judas, abandoned in the garden... Read More


The Road to Jerusalem

This is the time when Jesus enters Jerusalem. He enters at the same time as the Governor of the day, although through a different entrance. The city is in a buzz. Soldiers and people gathering and pushing in to get a better view. Some pushing forward to get close to the governor. Others pushing to get close to... Read More


The Way of Love

The brother of Mary and Martha is sick. Lazarus is dying and by the time Jesus gets to the house, he will be dead and buried. We read in Scripture and will soon pay attention more closely to the narratives when Jesus “sets his face to Jerusalem.” When Jesus is on the road to Jerusalem and the cross, he stops by... Read More


Leaving Home

So we have all had the experience at one point or another of leaving home. We have all experienced moving house and with that, often employment as well. This is essentially what the Israelites are experiencing in today’s reading from Exodus. They are leaving home. They are leaving Egypt and all that they know... Read More

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The Journey to the Cross

Lent is a time when we journey to the Cross and re-connect with the power of the cross and what this means for us. This is a journey that will lead us to the dark corners of our lives and bring to the light our strengths and weaknesses with our relationship with God and the Divine.             This is a journey... Read More

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The Wilderness: A Time of Transformation

I wonder what it must have been like for Jesus to be in the Wilderness. I wonder why he went into the Wilderness in the first place. When I was a lot younger our favorite vacation spot as a family was on the beach on the Eastern side of South Africa. The beach was sandy with plenty of space to sun tan, build sand... Read More