Today I stood out on my walkway with Child. It was a lovely warm day where I am. We stood and waited for two honour flights to pass overhead – one flightpath went over cenotaphs, one over cemeteries where veterans now rest. I asked him how it felt for him to not be in his […]
There’s a house, not far from mine, that is painted in tribute to the Canadian Air Force. Consider the commitment you have to feel to do this. Your neighbours would be in an uproar because of the perceived property value concerns, yet, your desire to commemorate outweighs what *they* think. I walk past that house […]
When I was in grade 8, we had to learn a poem. When it was my turn to recite mine, which was The Naming of Cats by T.S.Eliot, the bell for recess rang. So I blasted through it as quickly as I could. It wasn’t a good presentation, but it also didn’t eat into our […]
All Saints is one of my favourite days of the year. The day we celebrate saints known and unknown. Sometimes, it’s easy to recognize saints – y’all have heard me talk about Anthony (Patron of lost things), Raphael the Archangel (patron of the medical professions), St. Michael the Archangel (Patron of Soldiers, the Military, and […]
Hallowe’en is the start of my favourite three days of the year: the triduum of Allhallowtide – All Hallow’s Eve (Halloween), All Saints, and All Souls feast days. Before the sugar-fuelled shenanigans of Halloween, there was Samhain. Samhain’s origins are with the Celts, marking their new year, and a time when he boundary between the […]
Maybe it doesn’t matter where the starting line is, because we all end up arriving at the same destination on Remembrance Day.
In Canada, we celebrate Remembrance day on November 11th. For the entirety of the poppy campaign (and one day slightly later), I reflect on service and sacrifice. For the next fortnight, #wewillrememberthem.
On the Feast of St. Hubert, we ask for humility at the death of one of God’s creatures. It’s fitting thta we celebrate this whilst we wear our poppies because during wartime and in the aftermath, animals play a big part in the military effort.
On All Souls Day, my friend and I return to a cemetery to honour strangers lost to war, and perhaps, time. We will remember them.
OK. Everyone knows I loves me the pantheon of RC Saints. Over the course of the year, I go to the Rolodex of Saints often to ask for help for my own worldly hurts, and to ask for their intercession with The Big Guy Upstairs. Need a saint to help you find a replacement of […]