"We all live by trusting something larger than ourselves." "Embodied life can be sacramental." And it can be ironic, such as when you find yourself reading Wendell Berry in Costco. . . . Don't miss Canadian-born public intellectual James K. A. Smith in conversation with CC's Peter Schuurman.
The statement, with over 80 signatures, opens with a “call on the Prime Minister and the Government of Canada to amend the Canada Summer Jobs guidelines and application process so that it does not compel agreement or belief, and allows religious organizations to stay true to their communal identity and beliefs.”
God will give us a fish if we pray for a snake, because God always gives good things to God’s children, including the Holy Spirit! (Matt. 7:7-11, Luke 11:11-13). We can trust that the Lord will always answer childlike prayer with more than we ask for, because Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid, you little flock [of children], because your Father is very pleased to give you the kingdom [of God]” (Luke 12:32).
“I rejoice when I see glimpses of that glory and taste that grace happening in communities where the church can be at the cutting edge of society,” he says, adding that Christians have an unquestioned role in reconciliation with their Indigenous neighbours. “It’s very simple. Jesus says ‘this is my command that you love one another.’ When we hear of suicides or missing women, we as Christians should hear Christ and his cries.”
This year is a time for governments, opposition parties and the media to focus on substantive issues instead of “got-cha” personal attacks and hot-button issues. Christians can also help focus attention on the serious public policy issues that could contribute to the well-being of individual bodies and the social body in which we live.