Psalm 23 The Lord is like a good shepherd

https://youtu.be/ecHhVhGtRp4 I hope this message can be a blessing and bring comfort to some people.

Easter Sunday: Jesus rose victorious

The Resurrection of Christ, 1700 (oil on canvas) by Noel Coypel (1628-1707) We have good news today. Jesus came out of the empty tomb.  He was resurrected in bodily form on the Third Day, and rose to live again in the flesh.  He is victorious over death. This is huge.  Coronavirus or no coronavirus. If …

Peace overcomes pain

"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer; and by night, but find no rest.Psalm 22:1-2, Bible This psalm from chapter 22 is often read on Good Friday. …

Coronavirus ignition to a spiritual awakening

What I'm about to say in this blogpost will sound very spiritual so you've got to hold on. I’ve been blogging lots on our current situation with this Coronavirus pandemic. It has affected every single person. As long as you haven’t been living under a rock, I'm sure it's affected you in some way too. …

Hope exists – even in our suffering

We might be asking ourselves, when is this Covid-19 pandemic going to end? We might be bored out of wit’s end and stuck in our home in isolation but around the world there are other negative events happening this week. A Kenyan farmer tried to dispel desert locusts in a village east of Nairobi last …

What is the Corona/Covid-19 virus really teaching us?

Someone has written a series of very reflective thoughts. Some have mistakenly attributed it to Bill Gates says the Independent newspaper (UK). Any way, it's still quite good and I'm sharing it here. I’m a strong believer that there is a spiritual purpose behind everything that happens, whether that is what we perceive as being …

A prayer for those who have died

In the news, I heard a story about a spouse who could not leave the house to plan for her husband’s funeral.  There was also a doctor who worked in the same hospital where his father had died. The sad thing was she could not be with him due to mandatory quarantine so he died while …

My refuge from disease

The one who lives under the protection of the Most Highdwells in the shadow of the Almighty.I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,my God, in whom I trust.”He Himself will deliver you from the hunter’s net,from the destructive plague.He will cover you with His feathers;you will take refuge under His wings.His …

When enough-ness is never enough

I came across an article from a book. When is enough enough? In our life of busyness, we deeply want to be busy or at least have others think that we are busy. Somehow, it adds value to ourselves and the work we do--or at least we perceive that it does. The writer, David Zahl, …

Busyness and rest

Busyness is seen as a good thing--rest, not so much.  Some people forfeit their vacation-time for work.  Fast-paced societies see it as a sign of working hard, productivity and diligence.  We keep ourselves busy with work, business, work in the community.  Keeping up with sports, music and other recreational activities.  It can leave one feeling drained when …

Empathy and resilience: shaped by suffering

If you remember back in grade school standing in line waiting to be chosen by the assigned team captains for a team in sports. Almost every time, I would be picked last for a team. Because I was the skinniest and one of the shortest boys, I was almost always the last one chosen. I …

Why I don’t feel enough compassion

It was a dark and rainy Friday evening in downtown Victoria. I felt like having a burger after watching a series of short IMAX films. I drove to a fast food burger joint close by, ordered a couple burgers, and sat down. After a few bites into my burger, I couldn’t help but notice this …

A person’s shoes: Where have they walked in them?

One of the things I am most grateful for in my work and ministry is being able to walk with people in their struggles in life.  It might be marital problems, health problems in their own lives or in one of their family members. It might be a work-related issue.  Issues can vary far and …

A broken and imperfect people

Do people view Christians as imperfect people? Yes, we Christians are imperfect; and we don't need to hide this fact. And I'm one of these imperfect ones. I'm not ashamed to admit that I am imperfect. I have known some who put on a facade--like a make-over to look like that "perfect and righteous Christian." …

Examen: Learning to be grateful

I've recently learned about two very useful questions to ask of myself.   1/ For what moment today am I most grateful?2/ For what moment today am I least grateful? These two questions of St Ignatius' examen is a practical tool for daily inner reflection.  I'm going to answer these two here today and share my …