It feels like it was about eight years ago that I was astonished to find hot cross buns on the supermarket shelf on Boxing Day. At the time I needed to check my calendar as I thought I had time travelled to Holy Week. I was left confused as I was sure I had celebrated Christmas the day before.
Gloria Peacock from St. Joseph’s Parish, Kilaben Bay, Toronto, was inspired by the words "Don’t be afraid to speak. Be afraid of what will happen to the whole truth if you don’t" from Sr Joan Chittister and speaks of how this value and an ecumenical outlook, has played out in her own faith journey.
Valentine’s Day is one that so often divides opinion. Some see it as a cliched day that crassly commercialises ‘romantic love’, while others take the opportunity to outwardly acknowledge and celebrate their feelings with flowers, cards, extravagant gifts, and special dinners.