Monthly Archives: September 2012

Leonard and Thomas

At the moment, I am teaching a course in the Seniors Program at Simon Fraser University called “Leonard Cohen and Thomas Merton: poets, tricksters, soul-brothers.” Each week I stand before some 96 students (87 women, nine men) and talk about … Continue reading

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The peace of Jerusalem …

I read this in The Globe and Mail this morning. It’s a quotation from the interview thatĀ GlobeĀ reporter Patrick Martin did with Ahmet Davutoglu, foreign minister of Turkey, on his recent visit to Canada; and it was printed (there must be … Continue reading

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Self-fulfilling prophecy? A letter to the Globe and Mail

In this morning’s paper (Sept. 11), there is a front-page article entitled “Envoys praise Ottawa’s move on Iran: ‘Threat was very real.’” The general response to this decision of our federal government has been negative; it cuts off the possibility … Continue reading

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Who is for me? and who am I for?

Last week there was an attack of sorts on the Trappist monastery of Latrun, in Jerusalem. Graffiti were painted on the outside walls, including the charming statement that “Jesus is a monkey,” and the main door was set on fire. … Continue reading

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