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Dr. Gerry Turcotte

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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