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Annual Show and Shine could move to downtown Moorefield By Patrick Raftis MAPLETON â€“ A popular summer car show may be moving from Moorefieldâ€™s ball field to the villageâ€™s downtown. Mapleton Custom Rodders and township officials are working on a plan that would see the 2018 version of the car clubâ€™s annual Show and Shine held in the newly-reconstructed downtown area. Barry Hymers of the Mapleton Custom Rodders attended the March 27 council meeting to discuss the proposal, initiated by the municipality, to move the June 15 show downtown.
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By Patrick Raftis MAPLETON â€“ Township considering is council a request to help fund the cost of installing water and electrical services to a new splash pad planned for construction in ABC park this spring. Splash pad committee members Erica Klaassen and Lorrie Spaling attended the
Mapleton eligible for flooding aid TORONTO â€“ Mapleton and Minto will be receiving a yet-to-be-determined amount of provincial assistance for damage caused by flooding last summer. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs announced on April 4 that Ontario is providing financial support through the Municipal Disaster Recovery Assistance (MDRA) program to help the two Wellington County municipalities with
survey of residents and businesses has not resulted in any major objections. He also noted arrangements will be made to ensure local residents can access their properties during the show. While Hymers said it has been suggested the move from the ball field to downtown could become permanent, he said that would have to be determined after trying it out. â€œThat night Iâ€™ll know from the car guys if itâ€™s a good deal or not,â€? he told council. Council passed a resolution endorsing the event and directed staff to investigate ways the town could help out with the show.
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School talent - Students at Drayton Heights Public School held a talent show on March 29. ABOVE LEFT: Dancers Claire Cashin and Paige Martin. ABOVE RIGHT: Tysin Insley sang This Town. RIGHT: Kate and Lily McLeod showed off their dance moves. Photos by Caroline Sealey
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Mayor Neil Driscoll said the idea of holding the show downtown is to â€œcelebrate Moorefield. â€œLetâ€™s join efforts and put an event on that we can be proud of. This is a brand new street. It looks beautiful, whether you go through in the day or the night. Why not bring residents from outside of our area to it?â€? said Driscoll. â€œWe got it. Letâ€™s flaunt,â€? agreed Hymers. Councillor Marlene Ottens asked if Hymers anticipated the show would cause problems for downtown residents who are â€œused to a quieter street.â€? Hymers said an informal
recovery efforts for damage following a major rainfall on June 22 and 23, 2017. The ministry says the funds will help with culvert and road repairs, and rebuilding shoreline infrastructure in Mapleton. Under the program, Mapleton may be eligible for as much as $359,601 in funding, while up to $260,771 may be available to Minto. The MDRA program helps municipalities address emergency response costs and
damage to essential property or infrastructure as a result of a natural disaster. A municipality may be eligible under the MDRA program if its disaster-related costs reach a threshold of three per cent of its ownpurpose taxation levy. â€œHelping communities recover after natural disasters is a priority for our government,â€? Minister of Municipal Affairs Bill Mauro stated in an April 4 press release.
March 27 meeting to update council on the project. â€œWeâ€™re here today to ask council assist us with covering the cost â€Ś to tie in the water and the electrical from the road to the pad itself,â€? explained Klaassen. Mayor Neil Driscoll asked public works director Sam Mattina if he had an estimated cost for the work. Noting that commit-
tee members and township staff are â€œcurrently gathering prices for this work,â€? Mattina estimated the cost could be between $15,000 and $20,000. He said plans involve drilling or â€œtrenchless technologyâ€? to install the servicing, which is expected to reduce costs. Council directed staff to investigate the cost of the SEE SPLASH PAD Âť 7
Alma teen drafted by OHLâ€™s Peterborough Petes TORONTO - A Mapleton youth has been drafted by the Ontario Hockey Leagueâ€™s Peterborough Petes. On April 7 the OHL conducted the 2018 Priority Selection Draft for North American players born in 2002. Right winger Jackson Kirk of Alma was chosen by the Petes in the seventh round, 123rd overall.
Kirk, 16, scored 26 goals and 25 assists in 31 games with the Guelph Gryphons Minor Midget AAA squad in 2017-18. He has also played two games with the Guelph Hurricanes of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League this season. Another Wellington County youth, Eloraâ€™s Christian Linton, was selected in the fourth round, 62nd overall, by the
Flint Firebirds. Linton, a goaltender, also played this season for the Gryphons AAA Minor Midgets, recording a goals against average of 2.80 in 16 games. A total of 300 players were selected in the 15-round process from 98 different teams across Ontario and the U.S. The selected players include 175 forwards, 92 defencemen, and 33 goaltenders.
Empowerment Day speakers announced by school board GUELPH - One Day or Day One. You Decide. Thatâ€™s the powerful message that will reach thousands of students at the Upper Grand District School Boardâ€™s 2018 Empowerment Day. The event was initiated in 2015 and developed by
two students from Drayton Heights Public School Student Council. The council decided to continue the annual event and each year it invites students in Grades 5 to 8 from all over the board area. World renowned motivational speakers, presenters
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â€œWhether you think you can, or you think you canâ€™t - youâ€™re right.â€? - Henry Ford
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She has lived her life by one simple rule: never say â€˜canâ€™tâ€™; - Michel Chikwanine, former child soldier and author. Chikwanine grew up amid the terror of war and now inspires people to believe in their ability to make a difference; and SEE EMPOWERMENT Âť 7
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Norwell students compete at DECA PALMERSTON - Norwell District Secondary School is sending two students to compete at a DECA International competition in Atlanta, Georgia from April 20 to 26. Grade 12 accounting students Breanna MacDonald and Peter Hildebrandt earned a late qualification spot in the Virtual Business Challenge. Along with MacDonald and Hildebrandt, staff advisor Betty Douglas will be attending and participating in a variety of professional development workshops throughout the week. DECA is an international association of high school and college students and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, fiance, hospitality, and marketing sales and service. The organization prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in these areas in high schools and colleges around
Agriculture activities - Norwell District Secondary School held an Ag Careers Competition on March 27 to promote careers in agriculture and help students develop skills needed in the agri-business sector. The event is the latest in a series of special events designed to engage students in agricultural education and develop Norwell’s new LEAF (Local Environmental Agriculture and Food) program. Students participated in stations about careers in agriculture and practiced employment skills such as problem solving, communication and teamwork. Students were evaluated and received “pay checks” based on how well the group worked together. Students were able to see what careers exist in the agriculture field by listening to experts and completing hands-on experiments. The sessions included finance, sales, environmental initiatives, food systems, plant biology and animal science. “Our students thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and learning style. Thank you to Mr. Frayne and AgScape for putting on this excellent learning session,” organizers state. From left: students Ellysse Charlebois, Jacy Diamond and Kari Kabbes. Submitted photo
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Palmerston collected 65 units which is 76% of the target of 86 units. “Thank you to the donors who came out. Those combined 123 units will save the lives of many local patients
in need,” CBS official state. Canadian Blood Services hopes to see an even greater turnout at the next clinics on May 10 in Palmerston and May 21 in Drayton, officials state.
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April 12 - Community Mennonite Fellowship Dominican Mission Trip: Fundraising Sign Night, 7-9pm. 109 Wellington St S, Drayton, $45/sign, advance reg. & payment required, light refreshments provided. Contact Pam 519-580-8962. April 14 - Alma Community Country Dance, 8-12pm. Alma Community Centre. Dance to Country Versatiles. All welcome. April 17 - Monthly meeting, Drayton Legion 8pm. 15 Elm Street. New members always welcome. April 20 - Euchre, Drayton Legion, 7:30pm. 15 Elm Street. Everyone welcome. April 21 - Celebrate Spring, Ladies Day Out, 8:30-3pm, Drayton Christian Reformed Church. Workshops, market place vendors, lunch. Proceeds to Beauty for Ashes Transformation House, Arthur. Info/tickets: Liesje 519-437-7383.
April 21 - Jammin’ at the Legion, 2pm. 15 Elm Street. Everyone welcome. This is a licensed event. April 29 - Chicken Dinner, Drayton Legion 5:30pm. 15 Elm Street, Drayton. Everyone welcome. April 29 - Jamboree, Palmerston Legion 1pm. Roast Beef Dinner 5pm. Take outs welcome. Call 519-343-3749. May 5 - Palmerston Legion Superheroes Car Rally, 12:30pm. $20/person, must preregister. Info call Tammy 519-501-5822. May 7 - Challenge Euchre, Palmerston Legion Upstairs Hall, 7:30pm $5/person, must bring your partner. Light lunch provided. All Welcome. *Seniors Centre for Excellence Shuffleboard League, Thursday’s, 1-4pm, PMD arena, Drayton. Info: Donna 519638-0888.
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Shed fire - Mapleton Fire Department received a call at approximately 9:06pm on March 28. A child residing at a Spring Street residence in Drayton called 911 after seeing a shed on fire at his residence. Fire crews from the Drayton and Moorefield stations responded to the call. “Flames were shooting out of the roof by the time the department arrived. The shed was used to store clothing, bicycles and a barbecue. “Everything was destroyed in the fire,“ said Mapleton Fire Chief Rick Richardson. The cause of the fire is undetermined and damage is estimated at less than $10,000. “It was quick thinking by the little boy who called 911. The crews were at the station for their regular Tuesday night practice, so it took less time to get to the scene,” Richardson said. Submitted photo
Building, grass fire - Mapleton Township fire crews were called to a shed and grass fire on Sideroad 16 at 4:44pm on April 2. Thirty firefighters and eight trucks from the Drayton and Moorefield stations responded to the fire call.“Crews from both departments used pikes to poke, stab and peel the siding off the shed to douse the remaining flames,” said Mapleton Fire Chief Rick Richardson. The cause of the fire is undetermined and damage is estimated at $10,000. Photo by Caroline Sealey
Mission trip to Nicaraugua a positive experience for area woman By Caroline Sealey DRAYTON - Tineke van der Neut has made five mission trips to Nicaragua with Pan missions. Van der Neut, a sheep farmer from the Mount Forest area, spoke on her latest mission trip at the Drayton Reformed Church Lenten Tea on March 20. Pan is a multi-denominational Christian mission that serves many denominations in Nicaragua. The mission is committed to empowering and equipping local churches to meet the needs of the poor in their communities. The Canadian board of directors and Canadian workers are all volunteers. Pan teams travel on twoweek missions that involve building, medical services, sewing cooperatives and
micro loans. Van der Neut, part of a mission team based out of Milverton, was desi g n a t e d TINEKE to build a VAN DER NEUT church in a community set in a mountainous region of Nicaragua. With a goal to raise $17,000 U.S., the team held garage sales, community suppers and accepted donations. Prayer, a focus of the team, brought in unexpected funding, said van der Neut. “Is prayer still relevant. Why should we pray? Could it be that we speak and He listens or He speaks and we listen? Do we hear God speak?” van der Neut said. “He wants us to pray. He wants to have a
relationship with us.” The team travelled to Franciaca, Nicaragua in 2016. In addition to building the church, the team visited a facility where patients receiving cancer treatments stayed. The facility had cement floors, no electricity and ventilation was a hole in the wall that allowed mosquitos in. Accommodations were available for 12 men and 12 women. Family members had to stay and help with the patient’s needs. “The patients were sick, lonely and sleeping on dirty foam mattresses. We couldn’t imagine sleeping there,” van der Neut said. “The team prayed and was led to help provide better living conditions for the patients.” The team located a store that sold the needed supplies. To their surprise the store
had 24 mattresses in stock. After the shopkeeper calculated the cost of the mattresses, the team had money left to purchase 24 pillows, 24 mosquito nets and 12 chairs. The $300 remaining was given to the pastor of the church to purchase groceries. “It was like, in with the new and out with the old,” van der Neut said. “But God was not finished with us yet. “In the Pan warehouse there was a box marked ‘quilts.’ Inside the box were 24 quilts made by the ladies at the Mount Forest Pentecostal Church. Also at the warehouse were 24 sheets and 24 pillow cases.” The original church in this small community was built by the existing faith community, which is currently made up of 35 families. While building the
new church, the mission team worked with 84-yearold Tony, who had walked 90 minutes to the building site to help. After work, Tony walked 90 minutes home. Ladies on the mission team invited ladies from the community to enjoy crafts, singing and sharing stories. The women sang together in Spanish and English. Children came in the afternoon for children’s time. “We were provided with fresh mangos, bananas and pineapples each day. These fruits are grown on the hillsides and carried down the hillsides on the labourers’ backs. We had white pineapple that is grown in the soil left after a volcanic eruption,” van der Neut said. The mission team did a community walk delivering coffee, rice and beans to those
in need. A farewell community party was hosted by the team. The menu consisted of hotdogs, cake and pop. “If we sent money and let the community build the church, we would miss the build, the friendships made and the blessings seen in creating a better way of life for these people,” van der Neut said. “The cancer facility would not have gotten mattresses. The children would not have sang songs and done crafts. The community would have missed out on the farewell party which was a treat for them.” She added, “It’s not easy to see what it’s like in Nicaragua. Pray and ask God to open your eyes and His ears, so that you can be His hands and His feet in building His church.”
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On the positive side A quick scan of this week’s Community News could serve as a pick-me-up to those weary of the litany of negative, tragic and foreboding news to be found in large measure on the pages and web pages of the provincial, national and international media these days. Page one this week contains the story of Alma youth Jackson Kirk, who has taken a giant step toward achieving his hockey dreams with his selection by the Peterborough Petes in the OHL Priority Selection draft on April 7. As OHL scouting director Darrell Woodley points out, “Being selected by an OHL team is an accomplishment to celebrate and share with family, friends, coaches and teammates that helped provide support and encouragement along the way. It’s also just the beginning of your next challenge, where it doesn’t matter what number you were picked, it’s what you do on the ice that really counts.” Also on page one is news that the provincial government appears ready to pitch in to help Mapleton recover from last June’s devastating flood, with some measure of Ontario Disaster Relief Program funding. While the community spirit and cooperation of local residents and emergency responders and other agencies was key to getting through the initial disaster, expensive infrastructure restoration would strain the resources of any municipality. It’s good to see the province planning to help out. Also welcome news is the announcement of the list of speakers for this year’s Empowerment Day, to be held May 3. Initiated by students from Drayton Heights Public School in 2015, the event has grown to fill Guelph’s Sleeman Centre with about 5,000 students, on hand to hear inspiring messages from people who have faced life challenges they can barely imagine. It’s great to see this event continue and grow. Elsewhere on this page, the efforts of Norwell District Secondary School to revive the local Relay for Life event, last held in 2010, are detailed. Up to that point, the school had raised $265,854 for the Canadian Cancer Society through successful events over the years. The relay’s renewal is good news for the cancer society, and also for the students who will have a chance to participate in this uplifting challenge. There’s more good news, but you’ll find it yourself as you flip through. In the news business we often find ourselves focusing on stories of strife and despair, so it’s good, every so often, to take a step back and count some blessings.
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PALMERSTON – Norwell District Secondary School is gearing up for its first Relay for Life event in several years. Up until 2010, when the school last held a relay, Norwell students had raised $265,854 for the Canadian Cancer Society through successful events over the years. Relay for Life committee staff liaison Betty Douglas said the school’s goal for the 2018 event, which kicked off with an assembly on March 23, is $25,000. The assembly featured local residents Matt and Leona Ottens sharing the story of Matt’s journey to become a cancer survivor, along with inspirational dances and videos.
Relay launch - Matt and Leona Ottens address the crowd at an assembly held on March 23 to launch the 2018 Relay for Life event at Norwell District Secondary School. Submitted photo Billed as “a party with a purpose,” Norwell’s Relay for Life will be held on June 1 from 9am to 3pm on the
school’s sports field, with a rain date of June 4. Lead-up events include a community pork chop dinner
that was planned for April 9, an in-school bake sale to be held May 16 and a “Change for Change” collection at the school in May. The relay itself will features groups of students raising funds through pledges and entries fees and then walking the track in support of the fight against cancer. The school is inviting anyone who has beaten cancer, is currently fighting cancer or who would like to walk in memory of someone who has lost their fight with cancer, to participate in the survivor’s victory lap. Forms for the survivors victory lap are available at the school in the main office or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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MAPLETON MUSINGS Column courtesy of Mapleton Historical Society
Newspapers of Mapleton Part Two The last column in a series on newspapers in Drayton left us with the Proctor brothers, Thomas and Frederick, publishing the New Era newspaper and the Dominion Farmer and Agricultural Gazette in Drayton during the late 1870s and early 1880s. For some reason the Proctor brothers left their newspaper and printing business in Drayton. An April 24, 1883 issue of the New Era that still exists has a slightly different name and a different publisher. Named only the New Era, the publisher was J.T. Lacey, a printer living in Palmerston on the 1881 census. The newspaper was then known as a newspaper for the farm, business office and the fireside. This newspaper and a general job printing office was run from Main Street, Drayton and the paper from Main Street, Palmerston. This, however,
was short-lived. By 1884 there was no newspaper at all in Drayton. The Proctor brothers were by then publishing the Qu’Appelle Vidette in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan, which they continued until Thomas’s death in the fall of 1894. By 1884, J.T. Lacy was publishing the Telegraph and Wellington and Perth Gazette out of Palmerston. In 1885, Thomas Claude Dean, another Englishman, arrived in Drayton from Park Hill in Middlesex County, where he had been a newspaper editor. He and his wife Emma started The Times in Drayton. They operated out of lot 107 on the west side of Wellington Street across from the end of Spring Street. On this site, a house was demolished this past winter and has been replaced by a new home. The Deans continued their publication until 1902, usually listing Mrs. T.C. Dean as the publisher. Their property was registered in her name
so it is likely Mrs. Dean was the money behind the operation. On the 1888 assessment roll for Drayton, T.C. Dean was entered as a tenant on Mrs. Dean’s property. T.C. Dean served as a councillor while living in Drayton and, after leaving, became the publisher of the Meaford Monitor until his death in 1920. Another paper existed in the 1880s in Drayton but was short-lived. Jacob Lown, a tailor from Elora, moved to town and started the Drayton Vidette in 1886. One source has the Vidette being published from a building south of the Royal Hotel. This could have been the same building the Proctor brothers and J.T. Lacey had used. The building, a yellow brick two-storey structure with red brick on the front, still exists today. Jacob Lown’s son Alexander S. became a solicitor who lived and practiced in Drayton for several years. He married Susan Grigg in
Drayton in 1887 and served as the clerk of the village. The Vidette supposedly ceased publication some time that year. By 1891, Jacob had moved back to Elora and was working again as a tailor. Alexander S. continued to practice law in Drayton until sometime between 1901 and 1911, when he moved to Toronto. By 1889, changes continued with newspapers in Drayton but the changes were for the better and would last a long time. Jabez Coram had been the publisher of the Advocate newspaper in Fergus since 1885. Raised in Eramosa Township, Coram began teaching in Maryborough Township in 1879, afterwards moving to West Garafraxa. According to Hugh Templin in his book “Fergus: the Story of a Little Town,” Coram’s Fergus Advocate was an excellent paper. Coram, a conservative, had the backing of the
temperance part of the community in a time when the Scott Act was the issue of the day. He couldn’t compete with the older, established Fergus paper in a liberal community and moved his business to Drayton in 1889, an area with a large temperance movement. The paper thrived and the Advocate would be published in Drayton until 1966. Mrs. Coram was the leading reporter and a group of correspondents were established throughout the area to contribute local news to the paper. Coram stressed local news coverage in his publication as opposed to the political statements many publishers of both early and later newspapers tried to make. Involved in the community, Coram served on council, the school board and acted as the recording steward for the Drayton Methodist Church. The Advocate was a well respected publication and
reached a peak circulation of 1,800. In February 1895, Coram moved the newspaper business into a building on Main Street where Blooming Dale’s is now located. This new location had previously been Robert Peel’s shoe store and was next door to the dental practice of Coram’s brother John. An editorial written by Coram stated “the new building offered more room and would be handier to the main business corner.” As with many businesses, the Coram family lived above the shop. Only one reference to the first location of Coram’s Advocate office has been found. The reference indicates that the business was originally operated from the southeast corner of Wood and Wellington Streets, previously the telephone office. Submitted by Debbie Oxby of the Mapleton Historical Society
Why, oh why do I need to check my blood sugar? By Amy Waugh As diabetes educators, this is a question that we are faced with daily, and the answer is usually going to be “it depends.” Not always the answer we want to hear. People with diabetes tend to have higher than normal levels of sugar circulating in their blood streams. This excess circulating sugar causes the damage from diabetes that we are all trying to prevent: nerve damage, heart disease, vision loss and kidney disease. Testing our blood sugar at home can be a very useful tool to help us make decisions that can better manage diabetes. Testing lets us know about the effects of the food that we eat; the effect of physical activity or exercise; what happens to our blood sugar when we are sick or stressed; or how our medications are working. When first diagnosed with diabetes, your health care provider will likely prescribe a blood glucose meter or glucometer. Your diabetes care team or pharmacist will be able to show you how it works, help you understand your blood sugar targets and
when to test. Blood sugar testing is not just for your health care team to review. It is actually the most useful tool for you. Bloodwork done routinely at the lab helps your healthcare team stay on top of things but testing at home is most helpful for you to manage on your own. Targets for blood sugar with diabetes are that our fasting blood sugars (before breakfast, after sleeping) and before other meals, should be four to seven, and two hours after eating a meal, should be less than 10. If you are testing your blood sugar, these are the best times to try testing. You may test at different times of the day, pick different meals and test before and after, or you may just be checking your fasting sugar levels. Some medications may require that you are testing much more often than others, usually related to the fact that they may be responsible for low blood sugars and you want to be aware of those so you can make changes. For example, people who take insulin several times a day should be testing much more frequently than someone taking insulin
only once per day. The important thing is that testing is helpful to you to make decisions about how you manage your diabetes, that you are gaining new knowledge. If you are not learning anything new by testing your fasting sugar every day, because it is always the same, then don’t test so often first thing in the morning or try testing another time of day and see what’s going on. Testing before driving is always a good thing to do and is mandatory if you are taking insulin or any oral pills that could cause a low blood sugar. If you are not above five then you should have a small snack before driving and test every four hours if you are on a long trip. There are many different brands of glucose meters on the market, including a new one that will continuously monitor your sugar for you. It requires a small looney size disc be affixed to your arm and the meter can scan it and get a reading without finger pricking, a very amazing way to test, however it is only covered on a few insurance plans at the moment. If you are testing your sugars more than
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By Dave Tiessen, Pastor, Bethel Mennonite Church (Elora)
Truth or make-believe? Even though I am a Christian pastor who preaches a lot about the resurrection and fervently believes in it, I also am under no illusion that it is easy to accept that Jesus of Nazareth was bodily raised from the dead 36 hours after being viciously whipped and then finished off by crucifixion - probably the most cruel, agonizing form of capital punishment ever invented by human beings. Christians believe that the raising of Jesus from the dead was God’s declaration that the life, teachings and death of Jesus were indeed God’s response to the horrible things that people do and that happen to them in this world. The resurrection was God’s unequivocal state-
ment that evil, death, cruelty, war, suffering, violence, disasters, sins and atrocities, are not of God and will not have the final word. God will in due time overcome all evil and make all things right. This might be inspiring theology but it still doesn’t prove that the resurrection really happened and isn’t just wishful thinking. Especially for us, living in a world where we have largely chosen to define what is real by what we are able to objectively observe with our senses or our scientific instruments. Something “super”-natural like a bodily resurrection, is considered superstitious, blathering nonsense unworthy of free-thinking people. Recently I read some very interesting reflections about the life and accomplishments of Stephen Hawking, written by a Canadian Catholic priest Father Raymond
de Souza. Father de Souza raves about the creative accomplishments of professor Hawking, affirms the esteem he is held in, and marvels that he persevered so ably in his work despite his physical limitations and pain. But Father de Souza, who is no intellectual slouch himself, goes on to make the point that professor Hawking, true to the scientific ethic of our time, chose to circumscribe or limit the scope of his inquiry and research by refusing to look beyond pure physics. He remained convinced that science would eventually be able to understand and describe all things in the universe without considering the possibility of a divine creator. In so choosing, professor Hawking was ignoring the vast realm of human experience and “knowing” that looks at questions that are beyond physics, that asks questions such as where does the physical universe come from and why is it here? Father de Souza concludes: “Professor Hawking expanded the limits of what physics tells us. It is an elementary part of the philosophy of science that there are limits to what physics can tell us. Hawking insisted, by as-
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sertion and not evidence, that there were no such limits, that there was no metaphysics, just physics. Which means that Hawking’s world - despite the fact that he saw farther than almost everyone else - was, in the end, rather small.” Christian folk who believe in the resurrection of Jesus are often dismissed as smallminded people who believe in fairy tales, in a make-believe-friend-in-the-sky, and in a sentimental claptrap. No doubt there are some Christians who are smallminded and more superstitious than thoughtful in their faith, but many (most?) Christians are not. In fact, I would suggest that those who arbitrarily and categorically dismiss the idea of Jesus being bodily raised from the dead because it is not scientifically verifiable, are actually themselves being closeminded and narrow. Science cannot prove to me that your mother or your friend loves you. The loving behaviours may be readily observable, but all I have to say is that your mother or your friend is actually only acting in loving ways because it is in their own selfish interest to do so. Their love can’t be proven to me, but you nevertheless know
in your heart and soul that your mother or your friend loves you. In life there are many ways of “knowing.” That’s what the arts are about: people using music or painting or drama to communicate truths about life that are important for us humans to “know” but which science cannot provide. And that is what faith and religion are supposed to be about: “metaphysics”, ie. knowledge and “knowing” about truth that goes beyond what physics/science can tell us. In this realm of knowing “proof ” is not hard and fast as in the scientific method. The significance of the truths we come to “know” or believe have a far more profound effect on our lives than scientific knowing. You need to know that your mother and your friend love you! So when it comes to the resurrection of Jesus, there is pretty solid evidence that would suggest that the most logical way to understand what happened is that his battered and very dead body was raised from the dead. However, this cannot be proven. Ah, but it can be borne witness to by those who “know”/believe it. I didn’t always believe in
the resurrection. It wasn’t physical proofs that changed my mind, but the life and faith testimonies of Christian people who did believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus was raised from the dead and whose lives of love and sacrifice powerfully testified to the truth of what they believed. Once I allowed myself to open my mind to actually consider whether the resurrection might be true, lo and behold, the “knowing” came. How? I don’t know, other than to say that it came as a gift, not as my accomplishment, and that I am eternally thankful for this priceless treasure of “knowing”. In fact, I have come to know/believe that the resurrection of Jesus is the most important thing that ever happened in the history of humankind. This “knowing” is the foundation of my life and, like many of my Christian sisters and brothers in history and today, I choose to orient all of my life around this truth, and would be willing to die for it rather than recant from it. You already “know” that there is love and truth beyond science. Maybe there is also resurrection from the dead.
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