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Living with Christ, Water Journeys, and Enneagrams
In Canada January the 7th was the Memorial of St.
Andre Bessette. My family has a devotion to this great saint, and so I smuggled
in a Living with Christ daily missal booklet
from the church in order to have St. Andre’s updated Collect prayer on hand for
praying the Divine Office. Whoops. I should have just ripped out the page with the prayer.
What did bringing a Living
with Christ booklet into my home give me? Let’s take a look…
-An opening address by Gilles Mongreau, SJ. He
vaguely discusses light, while condemning those who “try to cling to old ways
of thinking, even going so far as to try to violently enforce the return of a ‘golden
age.’” I’m not sure who exactly this is referring to. Those violent traditional
Catholics? Or Muslims?
-Prayers of the Faithful, including decrying “the
abuse and misuse of the world’s resources,” asking for a “deep and mutual
respect for all faith traditions among all leaders and teachers,” and my
favourite, a prayer “for us, God’s priestly people gathered here, called to
bless the Lord.”
-Sunday theological reflections by inspired members
of the laity. They plead with us to consider the migrants among us, acknowledge
that God says yes to us, and remind us that Jesus “is the only member of the
human race that does not need forgiveness” - precise Mariology be damned.
-Inclusive language. You know, St. Paul’s “sons of
men” is so offensive.
the best of all: the retreats!
-On January the 11th in Coburg, ON, you
can attend a “Sacred Water” session. “Water is Life. Water is Sacred. Protect
the Sacred.” From there you will be presented with “some steps forward on our
water journey.” How’s your water journey going?
-Jan. 17-18 in St. Albert, AB, has a retreat
focusing on “the ecumenical virtue of hospitality,” in case you’re interested.
-Jan. 22 is a doozy. In Windsor, ON, there is a
full day workshop on “Introduction to the Enneagram.” Yes, this was condemned
by the Vatican back in 2003, but not to worry, the program assures us that the “Enneagram
is a tool that helps us to awaken to our sacred self.”
-Windsor also presents the gnostic
health-and-wealth inspired “Prayer of Jabez” workshop on Jan. 28.
-The next day you can skip back to Coburg for their
“Gift of the Christian Celtic Spirit” retreat. For just $40 you will gain “understandings
of thresholds, dreams, the unseen world, soul friendship, seasonal cycles,
journeying of the Spirit and God’s encircling love.”
-And finally, Feb. 1 has an “Eco-Contemplative
Winter Retreat” in St. Albert. Don’t miss Jodi Lammiman and Amy Spark “use
ecological metaphor to uncover what is stirring in your inner world through group
dialogue and guided solitude time.”
There is all this and much more in the January 2020 edition of
Living with Christ.
I actually don’t want this trash in my home. So what is it
doing in our churches?
Unfortunately it was just a little too much to handle. I speak of homeschooling. After three years of homeschooling our oldest child Joseph, our family is worn out and simply cannot go on like this.
Starting after Easter we will be sending Joseph (age 7) to the public school where I teach. Thankfully I know his soon-to-be teacher, and can confirm that the class has already completed their units on Native Spirituality, Yoga, Diversity in Family Life, and Caring for Mother Earth. Thus it should be smooth sailing for Joseph from now until the end of June, apart from one small unit titled Pink Shirts.
Of course we will supplement Joseph's education at home. I'll be sure to teach him some math at night, and how to write properly (sometimes these skills are not emphasized in schools). I might even have him read from books as well, for he will surely be tired of reading only from Ipads at school (though I think he will come to enjoy, and even crave, having that Ipad in his hand for re…
Recently the ordinary in my diocese, Bishop Albert Thevenot, released a letter regarding funding for Development and Peace (D&P). In the letter Thevenot explained how D&P, the Canadian Catholic Bishop's charity responsible for social justice (is there a justice on earth which does not involve society?), was finally reprimanded during lent for funding anti-life agencies. The Canadian Bishops withheld their yearly lenten cash haul to D&P. The decision was several years too late, but welcome nonetheless. In the Catholic Church these days, Leviathan that it has become, you take what you can get. And so, Thevenot explained the position with Development and Peace. He stated D&P has given no assurance of refraining from funding agencies with policies contrary to Catholic moral teaching - "Dark clouds seem to hover over Development and Peace at this time." Well and good. Why should bishops provide money which supports evil agencies? It all seems so obvious and ut…
There is a man who
has done heroic unsung work for Catholicism in our country, and soon will
be riding off into the proverbial sunset with insufficient fanfare (as I know
he prefers). Nonetheless, I consider it just and fitting to give a
little extra nod to this man. I speak of Dr. Keith Cassidy, President (and
former Academic Dean) of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College (OLSW).
Now Dr. Cassidy was
hired as Academic Dean back in 2009. At the time, he had recently “retired”
from teaching (University of Guelph). I can imagine D. Cassidy surmising that a
few years of labour with OLSW would be a constructive transition into
However, with the
illness of then President Dr. David Warner, Cassidy was soon thrust into the
role of Academic Dean and President. It is not appropriate
to confer details, but as an employee of OLSW at that time, I declare that Dr.
Cassidy saved the College. As with many Liberal Arts institutions following the
recession of the 2000s, OLSW found itself in gr…