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Dear Jean: A Story of Echoes

    “Every child, every person needs to know that they are a source of joy; every child, every person, needs to be celebrated. Only when all of our weaknesses are accepted as part of our humanity can our negative, broken self-images be transformed.” ~Jean Vanier, Becoming Human Dear Jean, After a 4:30am wakeup call,…

I Can Enjoy This

“Compassion is not only relevant to those who are blameless victims, but also to those whose suffering stems from failures, personal weakness, or bad decisions. You know, the kind you and I make every day.” – Kristin Neff, Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind I’m sitting on the Embarcadero, San Francisco, watching…

To My Friend on His Ordination

This silent prairie morning will explode into an irrational flurry of colourful vestments, litanies, songs, and the tender laying on of hands The day will burn on, hot and furious, (even as the church is quiet, peopled with intense gazes) and will raise a fire of “Now! Now! After twenty five years of toil, loss,…

Dear Jean: Don’t Make Me the Caretaker

Dear Jean, I sat down with my long-term care residents yesterday for our last spirituality group together. Oh they’ll still meet next week, and for many more many weeks thereafter, with another chaplain to dig into the important things in life; but I will have finished my First Basic Unit of Clinical Pastoral Education by…