• Max Woolaver

    The Venerable Max Woolaver is rector of St. Andrew's, Grimsby. He is also an avid singer/songwriter as well as a retreat leader. Max was ordained in the Diocese of Niagara in 1986 and received his M.Div. from Wycliffe College, University of Toronto; he also studied at the Shalem Institute of Spiritual Formation.


Below the Surface of the Wilderness

In the nighttime when you are searching for answers, Yahweh comes to you. When you stretch out your arms and offer up broken phrases of

Baptising God

Humans are curious creatures. And by ‘curious’ I mean odd. Endowed with remarkable powers of observation and rational power, humans often refuse to be either

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The Third Day’s Mind

This writing is dedicated to the memory of two men. The first on my mind is Randal, who was struck by a car when he

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Candles the colour of honey flickered silently on either side of the low passage to the burial chamber. Bowing to enter, we three then stood

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Broken Authority

Lent is a time for tracking thoughts to their origin. This ‘tracking’ can take us across surprising ground. Sometimes the hunt begins with an interruption.

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Acting a Fool

A very serious decision was called for … and quickly. I was hurtling down a steep well-polished bannister, side-saddle, over steep marble stairs. Only seconds

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An Ancient Present Again

“Old men ought to be explorers…” wrote T.S. Eliot in the East Coker section of the Four Quartets. I have been feeling very much like

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The Sleepless Benedictine

Pretty well everyone I know is not sleeping well. There are myriad reasons for this. Would you like me to list them just to make

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Holy Seeing: A Visual Invitation to Prayer

These are days of crushing anxiety. The stack of paralyzing medical, social, political and environmental issues weigh heavy on the heart and soul. St. Paul

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The School of Dance

Ray (not his real name) is a great friend of mine. He is a fine visual artist, a lover of music with a wicked sense

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Who Chopped Down the Family Tree?

As I stood before the withering fire of her spoken history a cavern of loneliness opened up within me. She stood eye to eye with

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A World to Live in

It’s the bottom of the 10th in the nail biting 2011 Texas Rangers/St. Louis Cardinals World Series. Game 6. The Rangers lead the series 3-2

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A Room of One’s Own — Part 2

Great books can launch great adventures! In this particular case, The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross and Spiritual Friend by Tilden Edwards. 

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Now Playing: The First Born

Proverbs 8:22 (New Jerusalem Bible) “Yahweh created me, first fruits of his fashioning, before the oldest of his works. From everlasting I was firmly set,

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