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I love the writings of Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk who lived in America during the post-nuclear cold war. He wrote prolifically on topics including personal sanctity, nature’s praise of God (of which humans contribute the most conscious, but no means solo, voices), and the responsibility... (more)
Last night, when I heard about the attack in Nice, France, I immediately thought of my friend from France, Valérie Baron. She shared these thoughts today, which are so important as we grieve, and reflect on how to bring peace to a very hurting world. I was thinking about my home country again... (more)
Urfa_Preschoolers_1200.jpg In May, I went to Turkey to help World Vision International share its work with Syrian refugees in Gaziantep, 100 km north of Aleppo, Syria. They are working with local partners to help the influx of refugees into Ṣanliurfa, a traditional... (more)
What would I give up so the world didn’t cry? All mistakes to prevent regret? Then we’d have to always know the right choice. Would I sacrifice curiousity for omniscience, The fun of learning for all wisdom? The chance of rejection for guaranteed love? Would an effortless love be worth... (more)
I’ve been involved in communications for development for many years, and have heard many inspiring stories, but so far, this one has touched me most. I was listening to Podcast Playlist on CBC Radio, a weekly show that curates great podcasts from everywhere, and they were playing a podcast... (more)
It’s January 1, 2016 – a new year. I started it wonderfully, in my prayer chair. For Christmas, my friend gave me "Thomas Merton: A Book of Hours.” It has prayers for every day of the week, dawn, day, dusk and night.  Reading the dawn prayers today started my year off... (more)
It's advent - the season of year when Christians await the coming of Jesus anew in our hearts, in remembrance of his birth over 2,000 years ago. To celebrate, we light a candle each Sunday - one for hope, one for peace, one for joy, and one for love. This Sunday, my church asked me to light the... (more)
I love remembrance day. I appreciate the time it gives the world to pause, reflect on past wars, the lives they cost, and pray that “never again” will one day come true. This year, I encapsulated that hope in my shortest poem ever: Let “never again” become so obvious we... (more)

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