Reflection

A journey like no other

This article first appeared in the April 2014 issue of the Anglican Journal. You are exhausted and surrounded by an almost palpable fear. You feel ...
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The visit

Suppertime in the residence, the corridors relatively quiet. This is the hour between the coming and going of visitors. The staff are under less pressure; ...
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The executive

Over the last few years, we have gotten to know and respect one another. I think — and certainly hope — that this has become ...
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A child’s Christmas

The word “Christmas” is more than a mere word. In the world of music, a chord is composed of notes, but it is infinitely richer ...
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“Tusitala” — “Teller of Tales”

Not that many years ago (says he defensively), I was assembling some material for a pilgrimage I had been asked to lead. I had decided ...
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Lost treasure

A tiny incident — a snatch of conversation heard in a city restaurant across an adjoining table. It’s a spot in which you see a ...
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In all places and at all times

A friend told me that his son, who works with the United Nations in the Middle East, is frequently asked, “Where do you pray,” meaning ...
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Wind and fire

Some things can be told only as a story. Someone offers a story and we listen. But we know it is pointless to ask questions ...
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Lovely as a tree

The study window looks out on our front garden. Our kitchen window looks out on our back garden. Each one gives us a view of ...
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The cost

In flippant phrases such as “there’s no free lunch,” we acknowledge a deep truth about life: everything has a cost. We could add that the ...
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The medicine of truth

It is fascinating to see how many of the therapies of our time have much in common, though their language seems to differ. For instance, ...
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Companions on El Camino

For one enchanted evening a very long time ago, I was one of the Magi — a wise man. My black moustache and beard were ...
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A timeless love

I recall reading somewhere that something we take totally for granted about the human mind is in fact one of its most remarkable accomplishments. It ...
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The story and the glory – a Christmas bouquet

William Blake once wrote that it would be wonderful “to hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.” Many years ...
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Hard hat country

The excavation site is huge. Someday, a towering structure will emerge to — we fervently hope — grace the city. At the moment, this area ...
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