I’m a real estate agent and I have been since I hit 60 and the bank forced me to retire! It has given me more time to spend on my church activities, especially as a lector (which I’ve done since the 1980’s), with the St. Vincent de Paul society, and with the RCIA team (I really like how the RCIA here has also become a resource for parishioners wanting to learn more, a form of reaching out). I’m actually an introvert (I generally pray quietly for a few minutes each day), but I think my faith calls me to some activities that can make me a bit uncomfortable at first but that help my spiritual side. I’d actually like to find something that pushes me more and makes me even more uncomfortable.
I grew up in a small town outside Montréal, and was active in the church as an altarboy. Though the reasons are complex, one of my regrets is how Québec has gone from a highly religious to a secular society during my lifetime. When I first came to Toronto as a student in 1970, I attended Trinity, as my mother wanted me to experience a more ecumenical background. For church life came to St. Basil’s based on the location, but loved it from the start. I moved to Toronto permanently in 1975.
The most important things to me are family, friends, and faith. My favourite scriptural passage is about the woman taken in adultery, and Jesus’ forgiveness of her, it speaks of the importance of mercy (John 7:53-8:11, “…“Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, sir.”And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.”).
Less seriously, in terms of films and books with a spiritual message I think of the novel (not so much the movie) “How Green Was My Valley” and the movie “Field of Dreams”.