As I get ready to go to bed, one of the last things I do is set my alarm clock. It’s a moment of hesitation because I need to make a very important decision. Do I set it for the usual time or a half an hour earlier? I had decided it would be a […]
You and I Social media has been flooded with pronouns lately, but some aren’t getting enough floor time. Take the pronouns…you and me (or as your grammar teacher would say…you and I). At the very heart of all relationships is two people, wanting to share space and spend time together, trying to find common ground […]
Here’s a Father’s Day riddle for all you dads out there…Question: What do fathers and farmers have in common? Answer: They both began with Adam. Cultivating God’s Garden When God made man, He gave him the job of cultivating or “keeping” the garden. From a practical perspective, this might mean that God told Adam – […]
Birth and Beginnings – May and Mother’s Day Happy Mother’s Day! May is a time of new beginnings and new birth, a time when we celebrate life and motherhood, a time for honouring not only our Blessed Mother but also our earthly mothers as well. Mothers come in all shapes and sizes, and their presence […]
How many times have we read the Passion or listened to these last words of Christ on the Cross and yet not really understood what they really mean? It can be so difficult to say – or hear – those powerful words, “I forgive you.” Instead, we toss off, “No problem!” or “It’s OK,” or “No big deal.” Too often, we walk away feeling angry, resentful, or tempted to get even or to soothe our ruffled feathers by cutting this person out of our confidence, our inner circle, or our hearts.
For the past year, media has been flooded with slogans that encourage solidarity against the coronavirus, a global crisis that somehow makes us “all in this together.” Lockdown restrictions and social distancing have made our individual bubbles so much smaller. And so, it’s tempting to think that the answers to today’s problems lie in a globalization of governance and human activity in society.
Mindfulness research shows the interconnectedness between the doing mode of the mind, thought streams and emotional responses.
After over two months in lockdown, for many of us the current lifting of restrictions feels like a big breath of fresh air. And there’s so much to breathe in right now, with the lilacs and the irises beginning to bloom and the heady smell of fresh-mown grass perfuming the air. The world smells like new life, new beginnings, and new possibilities.
The undeniable evidence of the Resurrection required that Jesus’ friends look at life in an entirely different way…through a totally new frame. Their old frame just wasn’t big enough or far-reaching enough to capture the reality of the Resurrection. What looked as if it was the worst thing that could happen to them was actually an incredible blessing.
It is what it is…As the first wave of anxiety over the current pandemic subsides, it’s not surprising that many of us might be feeling a sort of let-down, a kind of low mood that catches us unaware, and can leave us tired, immobilized, or out of sorts. What is this?
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the world has had its modus operandi turned upside down. In some parts of Ontario, grocery store shelves that once held abundant bread, milk and diapers have become scanty. Facing these shortages, someone on Facebook recently commented, “Are we living in war times?!” These and many others are the realities that Canadians across the country have had to face in recent weeks.
In the past few weeks, we have all been on a rollercoaster ride of events and emotions as we try to navigate the huge changes to life as we know it under the pall of the coronavirus pandemic.
During this difficult time, as we navigate the ever-evolving COVID-19 situation, it’s easy to become anxious and worried about current and future concerns. And, in the present moment, that’s completely healthy…our feelings are a normal and adaptive response to an abnormal and stressful situation!
Does your life feel out of balance? Do you have trouble prioritizing your responsibilities or transforming your goals into reality? Are you searching for help with your marriage or struggling with a parenting challenge? Do you suffer from anxiety, anger, or depression, or just feel like you’re stuck, swamped, or swimming against the current? Maybe it’s time to call the coast guard and seek some professional help!
Auld Lang Syne – This classic New Year’s song reminds us fondly of “days gone by,” a sentiment sorely needed in a world detached from the timeless traditions of our Christian roots. In this ever-evolving digital age, where gratification is just a click away and when the future is unpredictable, we tend to avoid anything that requires step-by-step progress towards a definite goal.
Let’s Talk Turkey As we mark the countdown to the Thanksgiving weekend, social media is bursting with posts, tweets, and memes that remind us of all we have to be grateful for in this beautiful country. But in order to have gratitude really sink in and transform us from the inside out, we have to […]
We all know of people who are fun to be around as long as life is good and we’re dancing to their tune, but who turn against us when we fall on hard times. The Bible calls these false friends, “friends who pretend to be friends,” because they don’t have our backs when the going […]
Imagine yourself going out for lunch with an old friend and sharing with her your latest burden, disappointment, or concern. Now imagine her looking you straight in the eye and saying with a bit of a sneer, “What are you whining about?”, or “Are you ever a wimp!” or even, “Suck it up, Buttercup!” If […]
Even though we turned a seasonal corner at Christmas and the days are getting longer, the dreary winter weather, low light, and cold temperatures can have a real effect on our moods, especially when we’re stuck inside most of the time. The habit of taking stock in the New Year can also reveal a certain […]