Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Starting Point

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Starting Point

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I felt compelled to retreat to Canada soon after Inauguration Day. I had been shaken by news images of a child in Iraq, screaming and covered in her parents' blood, after they were shot as a result of action initiated by the current political administrators in the country that I love. I needed a break from the United States of America. I needed to rest for a while in a residence where a flag other than my own flew overhead. I needed to be washed clean by the cool mist of the thundering Niagara. I needed to get the blood off and prepare for four more years.

The Niagara River and falls became a metaphor for God during my retreat. In my room at Mount Carmel Spiritual Center, I could hear the roar of the waters even with my window closed. It was a constant presence. I felt I was resting near the heartbeat of God.

Each afternoon, I went on a pilgrimage to the falls, the fountain of life. …

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