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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 city even closer to the border, through the Urfa Community Centre. The Centre was established three years ago, and is growing rapidly to meet the psychosocial... (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 anything? Freedom and individuality for automatons who can’t do evil? The need for heroes, by... (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 about the WMMT radio station in Appalachia, USA. It all started with a jazz station that evolved into a hip... (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 beautifully. I feel such a peace of the presence of God. It may be special to my prayer chair – my heart knows that it's time to... (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 candle of peace. As someone called to be a peacemaker, I was grateful for the chance to share some of... (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 never have to say it again.(http://crypeace.org/news/never-again) Amen. I also wrote a poem from the... (more)


I don’t want our kids to meet at encounter groups, to learn to empathise with the “other” I don’t want them to hear of the Holocaust, to learn how our homelands became our graves I don’t want them to talk about the Nakba, the right of return, and how long it takes I don’t want to fear that in my nascent country, we risk annihilation again I don’t want to... (more)


Let “never again” become so obvious we never have to say it again.   Carole St. LaurentRemembrance Day, 2015   (more)


It was 10:50 PM when I returned to the monastery on my first night in Rome. Tired after over 36 hours of flights, buses, and a leisurely evening out, yet energised by the adrenalin of starting a month-long adventure, I shared the highlights of my evening with Sister Leopoldina, the elderly nun serving at the desk until 11PM. Diminutive in stature, but gigantic in spirit, we picked up the threads... (more)


I’m in Rome! I was so eager to settle in and see the sights that every delay sorting out transportation downtown required double patience. Finally, I found the non-descript door on the non-descript street of the non-descript monastery. The welcome, however, was wonderful! Sister Leopoldina, a native Spanish speaker, and I, a native English speaker, found a common language, French, in Italy. We... (more)

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