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Sixty-five years ago on this St. Bartholomew Day at 8:50 p.m., I took my first uncertain breath on the labour and delivery floor of the now demolished King’s Daughter’s Hospital in Duncan, British Columbia.

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Dear Tracey,

Thirty-nine years ago last month I stood up in St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Toronto with eleven other young men and women to do what you are doing this morning – or I suppose by now, have already done.

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There are many disturbing elements in the story of the “man of the city who had demons” in Luke 8:26-39.

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Acts of mercy, kindness and compassion are an integral part of a mature spiritual life.

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Tributes have been flooding the internet in thanksgiving for the life, ministry and witness of Jean Vanier who died on Tuesday 7 May.

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The cross presents a bleak and painful picture. It is tempting to look away in despair in the face of this darkness. But, when I continue to behold the pain, I find light begins to break through.

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As the sombre observance of Good Friday approaches it is important to reflect on the horrifying reality of the cross which stands at the centre of Christian faith.

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Clearly, the young woman who asks Brother Luc about love near the beginning of the film “Of Gods And Men” is pondering how she might know in her life the presence of real love in its romantic form.

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When a young village woman of Tibhrine asks Brother Luc,

How do you know when you’re in love,

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Other than casual interaction, the first real conversation that takes place in the film “Of Gods And Men” occurs fifteen minutes into the movie.

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