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Agapé

Posted on: March 15th, 2017

The Companions have been such a blessing to the Sisters in many ways. Most recently, on Sunday, March 12th they prepared an Agapé Meal for us all including any guests in the house. Amanda Avery from Nova Scotia was the one who organized this event and prepared a beautiful bulletin for it but all the […]

The Joy of Ministry at St. John’s Rehab

Posted on: March 6th, 2017

Each Companion has a work assignment while we are living with the sisters. Mine is visiting patients at St. John’s Rehab, the hospital next door which the sisters founded. The time I spend at the hospital is some of the most rewarding experiences that I have ever had in my life. The ability to work […]

Ash Wednesday GPS

Posted on: March 1st, 2017

Last week the Toronto Star ran a story about a  21-year old man who drove his SUV into the streetcar tunnel in downtown Toronto. It took eight people to get him out with a special crane that ran on tracks, and the incident diverted streetcar traffic for several hours during the morning rush hour. But […]

Mystical Landscapes

Posted on: February 18th, 2017

A wonderful adventure awaited us as we had the opportunity to go and see the Mystical Landscapes exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario together with the Sisters. Not only did we have an insightful talk from the Curator of the Exhibition, Katharine Lochnan about the planning and organizing behind all of it, we also […]

A Heart-y Reflection

Posted on: February 14th, 2017

February is the month made popular for Love by stories of Saint Valentine. Anglican, Lutheran and Orthodox Christians commemorate this Saint who was martyred on February 14, 269 CE. Valentine was a priest in Rome who was imprisoned for helping other persecuted Christians, offering consolation during those frightening times, when Christians were being imprisoned and […]

A Paper Clip and a Sticky Flag

Posted on: February 13th, 2017

A Paper Clip and a Sticky Flag It’s interesting that in the last few months the other Companions and I have really focused on the little things that support our lives here. I most recently attended a church service outside the Convent and realized that there were no paper clips or sticky flags to mark […]

Sunshine Amidst Snowfall

Posted on: January 10th, 2017

On New Year’s Day we were greeted with a beautiful day of soft sunshine amidst the white wintery landscape surrounding the convent. It was a privilege to witness such beauty – the beauty of promise and of the dawning of new possibilities within ourselves and others, even when these possibilities are not necessary immediately visible. […]

Butterflies

Posted on: January 2nd, 2017

I needed hope and I needed courage. I asked the Lord for these things and saw a hand reach out to open the cage of my chest, releasing into it two bobbing butterflies. I was happy to see their lovely colours and to feel their light movement within, but they soon grew weak in that […]

The Smell of Christmas Cookies

Posted on: December 26th, 2016

I have been living at the convent for the last 3 months. The honeymoon period has now end. The Companions program is in full swing and our new reality has set in. I must admit that it has not all been flowers, sugar, and smiles. There have been times and especially this past week I […]

God Hidden, God Revealed

Posted on: December 7th, 2016

    Recently I had a conversation with the brother of one of the other Companions. He works for a company that responds to emergency calls, and he talked about one particular call that came in. It was from a woman who had just been in a car accident, and while he could hear her […]