Showing posts from October, 2013

The Ways People Grow

On Saturday I participated in a "Defund Abortion Rally."  We were a small group of only four that stood outside a Toronto MPP's office holding signs that read "Defund Abortion" and "Not From My Wallet," as well as handing out pamphlets that contained information about abortion funding in Canada. 

Before I continue, here are some of the facts about abortion in this country: 

"Abortion in Canada is not limited by criminal law but by the Canada Health Act. While some non-legal obstacles exist, Canada is one of only a few nations with no legal restrictions on abortion.

"Abortions in Canada are provided on request and funded by Medicare, to Canadian citizens and permanent residents (as with most medical procedures) in hospitals across the country. Abortion funding for hospitals comes from the various provincial governments (their overall health expenses are however paid for in part by the federal government). One-third of hospitals perform abortions…

All Your Creatures

I was so happy to look in the calendar and find out that it was St. Francis of Assisi's day today. I love St. Francis for his harmonious/humble spirit and love of nature.  He also wrote lovely prayers such as the famous "Make me a Channel of Your Peace." The following is an excerpt from another of his compositions: 
Praised be You my Lord with all Your creatures,especially Sir Brother Sun,Who is the day through whom You give us light.And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendour,Of You Most High, he bears the likeness.Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars,In the heavens you have made them bright, precious and fair.Praised be You, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air,And fair and stormy, all weather's moods,by which You cherish all that You have made.The Indie/Christian band Gungor actually made a  lovely song inspired by this piece. I think the music they put it too really suits the peaceful, praising feeling of the prayer

I also have a pa…

If I had a million dollars...

....I would buy a villa in Italy, I'd have my own sewing room and a huge garden, I'd get a pet dog and cat and hedgehog and llama, I'd travel the world, I'd pay off all the debt of all my friends and family...but then I remember how every time I buy something that I really, really wanted and had put so much dependency on, I feel a sort of depression. I spent so much of my time as a kid thinking about and hoping for some material possession, but then when it is gained it's never quite as satisfying as hoped. Then one has to start obsessing over the next thing...but it never works; it is never is enough. The things that really fill that deep sense of longing are some completely other kind of thing...

 "My spirit abides among you; do not fear. For thus says the Lord of hosts; Once again, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and earth and the sea and the dry land; and I will shake all the nations, so that the treasure of all nations shall come , and I f…