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Movie “The Man Who Invented Christmas”

If you are looking for a good Christmas movie, go to see “The Man Who Invented Christmas.” This is a new way of approaching that great Christmas classic “A Christmas Carol.” Dan Stevens (Matthew in “Downton Abbey) plays a Charles Dickens coping with writer's block, a growing family and mounting expenses. The film focuses on the working of the novelist's creative imagination as his characters come to life and move the story (and its author) toward kindness, forgiveness and reconciliation. Christopher Plummer is certainly the best Scrooge since the wonderful 1951 performance by Alistair Sim. 

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Youth Survey for Synod

I was at our TAVDA (Toronto Archdiocese Vocation Directors Association) meeting here in Toronto. A questionnaire directed to young people is being widely circulated. Pope Francis is asking to hear from Catholic youth. It takes about 40 minutes to respond – some students do it online, right on their phone. Here is the link http://survey-synod2018.glauco.it/limesurvey/index.php/147718 Click on language to get to English. We heard that students approached seem generally positive and willing to participate. For any of us who have student contacts, this is an invitation to encourage involvement. 

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Sabbath time at Springbank

As my day for returning to Kingston has come I wish to express my deep gratitude for the three months of Sabbath time I had here at Springbank. It was a time of enrichment, relaxation and creativity. All the input and activities were centered around deepening my awareness of how “Everything is Sacred” and “All is Holy.” I have learned so much and have come to appreciate the concept of “Eco-Spirituality,” how we are all connected and that we are co-creators with God living in harmony and with a deep sense of gratitude with all beings, respecting and honoring all of God’s Creation. My new insights and awareness have touched my heart deeply. 

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