Luke Stocking

Luke Stocking

Luke Stocking is Central Ontario animator with the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace.

Live simply so that others may simply live. These words haunt me. These words inspire me. 

How little it takes. How few people cross our borders before we allow narratives of fear to start taking hold of us. 

For the sake of the planet, the rights of Indigenous peoples and the future, the Catholic Church in Canada spoke out against the pipeline. 

Everyone in the group knew the greatest commandment. Love God, love your neighbour. Simple to say. Hard to do. 

The question in Section 5 of the form stares at me from my computer: “Estimated Attendance?” I am filling out the Nathan Phillips Square Special Event Application form provided by the City of Toronto. On April 25, we plan to gather as young Catholics to raise our voices for a more generous Canada.
“Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart” (Luke 18:1). So begins the parable of the widow and the unjust judge. 
“So you are a king?” Pilate questioned Jesus.

“Is it unusual for the Pope to make a comment on the environment?”

The phrase “Canada is back” has been increasingly present in the discourse about the values of our new government and its place in the global community.

What makes it possible is doing it together. Since Ash Wednesday, a colleague and I have been fasting — taking only one meal of soup and bread a day.