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All Shall Be Well? (Lent 5)

“All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.” These words were written by Julian of Norwich, a Christian mystic and visionary of the 14th century. Julian was a woman well acquainted with suffering and death. As a child, she lived through the Black Death, a pandemic which swept Europe and claimed the lives of half the population of Julian’s home city of Norwich. Julian was an anchorite, which meant that she lived much of her life in seclusion, in a cell attached to St. Julian’s Church. As a young woman on what she thought was her deathbed, she received a series of visions. When she recovered from her serious illness, she wrote down her visions in a bo

Virtual Hugs (Lent 4)

This has been another crazy week. The new reality of life in a time of COVID-19 is sinking in. Words like social distancing and self-isolation have taken on new meaning. We have seen the number of cases in Ontario jump from 103 when I spoke to you last Sunday to more than 350 today. That number will continue to increase, and we don’t know for how long. The news from around the world is frightening. And yet, we are also seeing that containment and social distancing in some countries have indeed flattened the curve. That gives us hope and the determination that each one of us must do what we can to ensure that flattening happens here. We need to stay home as much as possible. That means

Disruption (Lent 3)

So this has been quite a week. It’s been a week of disruption. We’re still reeling from the announcements about COVID-19. I think that on Friday as I was sending a letter out and we were deciding what to do about services, the situation seemed to be changing every hour. It’s hard to keep up, it’s overwhelming. It was overwhelming for me, I was watching way too much news, I was going to my phone way too often, and of course it’s much more difficult for those who have been affected by the virus. We know that around the world, hundreds of thousands of people have caught this illness, and there have been thousands of deaths and so we take it seriously and our government and health authoritie

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