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God wanted me to bloom where I was planted – right here

Mark Pickup

November 25, 2013

Throughout the years, numerous people tried to lure me down east from Western Canada. It stroked my inflated ego and flattered my false sense of self-importance. Perhaps the most tempting I remember was being offered a job to host a national TV series the CBC was planning in 1990 about issues surrounding disabilities that showcased the lives of Canadians with physical and mental challenges.

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Christian love gives the dying souls peace

Mark Pickup

October 28, 2013

My wife LaRee and I were asked to address a conference about critical life issues sponsored by the Diocese of Metuchen, N.J. They wanted us to speak about a Christian perspective on suffering, disability and end-of-life care. It is a timely topic because New Jersey is considering a law to allow assisted suicide.

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Offer compassion to those who mourn the death of a child

Mark Pickup

October 14, 2013

It was a terrible accident. Thomas Wedman, age six, was walking to school at St. Albert's École Marie Poburan, a French immersion Catholic elementary school. While crossing a street, the Grade 2 student was accidentally run over by a school bus filled with children. Thomas died.

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A peaceful heart embraces generosity, wisdom, kindness

Mark Pickup

September 30, 2013

All violence begins in the human heart. All war has its root in inner violence. A person who is at war with himself will soon cause strife for those around him. Whether in families or nation against nation, inner violence needs an object for its outward expression. It only stands to reason.

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Kill yourself, donate the organs: Get real!

Mark Pickup

September 16, 2013

I came across a headline that posed a bold idea: "Killing MS Patients via Assisted Suicide to Harvest their Organs?" As a theoretical question for provocative bioethicists to ponder or advocate, it may be interesting, but I live in the real world far from academia. The real world is being asked to answer that very question, by a woman with advanced MS.

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Majestic mountain named after a strong Christian witness

Mark Pickup

September 2, 2013

If you go into Jasper National Park, you may see the beautiful and majestic Mount Edith Cavell. The mountain's namesake was the daughter of an Anglican vicar. Edith Cavell (1865-1915) was a British nurse and patriot during the First World War.

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Indifference to those who suffer lurks behind excuses

Mark Pickup

August 26, 2013

Recently I read about a family that took a stranger into their home. He has no family and is slowly dying with a terminal disease.

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Provincial cuts keep disabled housebound

Mark Pickup

July 1, 2013

The provincial government is going to cut home support services to people with disabilities. Why? The obvious answer is to reduce expenditures in a time of lower government revenues.

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Morgentaler's legacy lives on for society to tend and heal

Mark Pickup

June 17, 2013

When I heard that Henry Morgentaler had died, my initial response was a hope that he experienced a deathbed conversion.

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God allows suffering to enable us to share in his redemptive love

Mark Pickup

May 27, 2013

Pope John Paul II once said that the answer to the "why" of suffering depends on the ability to comprehend the sublimity of divine love. Unfortunately for most of us, it is beyond our ability to comprehend the wonder and perfection of God's love. Left to my own means, I could not comprehend it; the "why" of suffering would remain unanswered.

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