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Dr. Gerry Turcotte

Raging flood destroys homes

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

July 1, 2013

Over 250 flood narratives have been found spanning virtually every culture on earth, from the Sumerians to the Aztecs, and they testify to a global phenomenon unlike any other that has since visited our planet. Stories of raging waters have a strange power that tap into this primordial occurrence which underpins our collective psyche.

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Saint John's Bible portrays the value of beauty and the sacred

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

June 17, 2013

In an article entitled "Art and the Beauty of Faith," Father Raymond de Souza references the writings of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who before he became pope wrote that there were "two compelling 'arguments'" for the Church's faith being true – the first was the lives of the saints and their living "Christian witness"; and the second was the art that [the Church] has nurtured in her midst."

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Despite commercialism, Mother's Day retains its relevance, magic

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

May 27, 2013

Another Mother's Day has come and gone, and it is with quiet marvel that I look back on the occasion. Certainly, like so much else in western culture – from Christmas to Easter to Valentine's Day – the event has been commercialized until you feel not another drop can be wrung out of it. Sales, gifts and wrapping paper.

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Altar and ambo draw the faithful into a sacramental vision

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

May 6, 2013

I must confess that I haven't spent a great deal of time thinking about the principles behind altars and ambos. My first conscious consideration of altars came when I was struggling to understand homophones – words that sound the same but have different spellings.

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Pope Francis brings freshness of Easter

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

April 1, 2013

Even the most disinterested person will have been riveted by the lead up to one of the holiest times in the Church calendar.

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Figures of speech can symbolize our personal turnings toward Jesus

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

March 4, 2013

When I was asked to find a title for this column I eventually settled on Figure of Speech. I did so because my own writing practice, especially for reflective pieces, often draws on rhetorical structures that I then meditate upon and develop.

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The call to pilgrimage ferments in our souls

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

February 11, 2013

Emilio Estevez's beautiful film The Way tells the story of a grieving father who completes his dead son's unfinished pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago, in Spain. The journey, of course, reawakens the man's faith and revitalizes his weary soul.

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Cheer up, it's not the end of the world

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

January 21, 2013

Since you are reading this column, the world did not end on Dec. 21, 2012 as putatively predicted by the Mayan calendar.

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Pushing the envelope to give of ourselves

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

December 17, 2012

There is a moving story about a family's Christmas tradition that tells of a husband's aversion to receiving presents when so many in the community were in need.

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'Clock sympathy' a sign of gravity's pull on our lives

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

December 3, 2012

There is a concept known as clock sympathy that may be apocryphal, though it also has a basis in scientific fact. I first learned of this from a clockmaker who explained that whenever you place clocks together in proximity, and no matter how different their rhythms, they eventually harmonize, so that their pendulums swing in concert. It is a concept that invokes both the laws of magic and the laws of physics.

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