Opening Up

I am waaaaaay overdue for a proper blog post but I’m just not ready yet to write anything particularly reflective. As I’m sure has been the case for most people, my focus for the past few months has been survival. Coping with the never-ending lockdown in Toronto, finishing up my studies, and basically just trying to keep it all together.

Now, mercifully, it seems like life is entering a new stage. The city is slowly beginning to open up as the third wave of the pandemic subsides. I’ve completed my theology studies and am now preparing to begin full-time ministry as the next phase of my formation as a Loretto Sister. There is much that I could write about each of these things but just not yet.

So…instead…I offer photos.    

High Park in the spring.

A place of refuge this past year and beautiful in any season. When I walk here each day, there is always something different to see. The landscape reveals itself in spontaneous and mysterious ways.

Sakura cherry blossoms! Blockades were set up this year to prevent crowds from gathering, but after the peak of the blossom I could get up close.

Some mornings the water is almost perfectly still. I am often tempted to just step out on to the water’s surface and see if I can make my way across the pond.

The mist was incredible this morning. It danced along the wind.

And, of course, each walk through the park offers the opportunity to make a new friend.

4 thoughts on “Opening Up”

  1. Would love to see you walk on the water, So glad you have this opportunity to view the changing scenery in High Park. Thanks for the photos, Sarah.
    Love, Cabrini


  2. I too once lived across the street from High Park, at 51 Parkside Drive, the 6th house (between 1978 to 1982) south of Bloor – I have seen the corner store is still there at the corner. I put a 600-word segment in my book about the times I visited the park, Bacchanalist-a wild memoir. Amazon took my book off the shelf after 55 copies were sold over a four-month span… their math wasn’t suitable. I can certainly relate to your writer’s block because I’ve no incentive to work on my second book. I believe once I am back socializing regularly I should begin feeling much better.


    1. It is so great to here from you. I surely miss not seeing you. Congratulations on your new ministry – it was delightful to hear that you were appointed – nobody better! I truly enjoyed your sharing of your times spent in this great park. I have been moved to Presentation Manor; not sure why need lots of prayers.
      Love and gratitude.


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