Broken Group Islands, Pacific Ocean at Ucluelet, BC

The Broken Group Islands is a Pacific archipelago of more than 100 islands set in Barkley Sound in Pacific Rim National Park on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The Islands are easily visible from the Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet (population just over 1,600), which is located about 300 kilometres northwest of Victoria, on the…

Miniature of Christ's entry into Jerusalem. Early 14th century processional. From a female Dominican house in Strasbourg. (Courtesy: Badische Landesbibliothek, Karlsruhe, Germany.)

From Darkness into Light – The Advent Cantatas of J.S. Bach – BWV 61, 62, 36, and 132

Sunset consummates the radiance of day, and revives the desire for happiness. Salvation is a secular act of preservation or deliverance from destruction, difficulty, or evil; and brings about the consequent state of being saved. In theological interpretations, this takes the form of redemption through deliverance from sin; this deliverance incorporates the intervention of an agent…

At the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick 7 October 2006 (Photo: Gloria Steel)

Easter & the Johannes-Passion of Bach

When I had the good fortune to work in New Brunswick for several years, I often drove from St. Stephen, where I was chief administrative officer, to meet with colleagues or politicians in Saint Andrews, Blacks Harbour, St. George, Grand Manan, Woodstock, Fredericton, or Saint John. Often I would listen to Bach’s Passion According to Saint John,  its…