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Becoming the Image

Three years ago Guylaine and I were in Spain, walking the Camino de Santiago. We made it to Santiago, and the next day we decided to continue on to the coast, to Finisterra, which means literally “the end of the world”. We had a late start that day, we slept in and had a leisurely breakfast. Eventually we set out on the path to Finisterra by mid-morning, and we stopped at a little corner store on the way to buy some food for a picnic lunch. The shop had lots of good stuff – fresh bread, chorizo sausage, tomatoes, fruit, cheese, chocolate. When we brought our basket of food to the cash, the young Galician woman behind the counter refused to accept payment. We tried to insist but there was

Which Way?

There are two ways to live: God’s way and the other way. Which one are you going to choose? That’s the essence of our readings today. And at first glance, it doesn’t sound so hard. After all you know what the right answer is. Psalm 1 puts it pretty clearly: there is the way of the righteous, and the way of the wicked. The one who is righteous delights in the way of God, meditates on God’s ways day and night, and is like a tree planted by streams of water, nourished, yielding fruit, thriving. The wicked, not so much. Jeremiah picks up where the psalmist left off. Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out

The Long Night of Empty Nets

A long time ago I used to be a summer camp counselor. I used to teach canoeing, and I remember one day I was out in the canoe with three small boys, a four year-old, a six-year old and a seven year old. We were out on the lake paddling, sort of, and, as you might imagine with three small boys in the boat, we weren’t going very fast, in fact we weren’t really going in any particular direction at all. But all of a sudden, out of nowhere, this huge gust of wind came up behind us. It felt like someone had put a motor on the back of the boat and all of a sudden we were just flying across the water. The three boys started screaming, and I snapped quickly to full alert as I steadied the boat w

Love Never Ends

Nowadays, we typically spend 18 of the first 22 years of our lives in full-time education. And that’s not the end of it. There is post-grad school, employment training, books and journals to read, part-time and on-line courses to take. We spend a lot of time learning skills and acquiring knowledge. We can build skyscrapers, we can split the atom, we can replace joints, we can dig right into the mysteries of life and the universe. St. Paul writes, “If I understand all mysteries and all knowledge, but do not have love, I am nothing.” Kind of puts it into perspective, doesn’t it? We spend an immense amount of time and effort acquiring knowledge. How much time and effort do we spend learnin

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