December 26th, what is Boxing Day in Commonwealth countries is known affectionately in America as the “Day After Christmas,” as in “The Day After Christmas Sales.” It is, traditionally, a […]
The scene that launches Victor Hugo’s classic, Les Misérables, tells the story of a man called Jean Valjean. Jean is arrested for stealing a loaf of bread and ends up […]
We might just learn that we live in a universe more gracious and more benevolent than we thought, a place of discipline and hard work but also of little surprises and opportunities just around the corner, a reality being redeemed by providence, generosity, and grace. Even for bank robbing small time crooks.
The other day, a friend of mine began to tell me about an experience that had happened to him recently. “I was walking to catch my bus from uni, along […]
‘Practice random acts of kindness.’ I came across this bumper sticker a number of times while working in the U.S.. The word ‘random’ means ‘accidental’ or ‘chance’, and doesn’t carry […]
To receive and to return gifts is no easy matter. How often has the kindly birthday or Christmas gift from a boss or acquaintance led to panic the following year, […]