Born in 1962, I grew up hoping to become a pop or jazz musician. I also thought being an astronaut would be fun. But when the sciences started getting too abstract, I began to look for truth inside instead of outside.
Always curious, I asked the big questions as a kid. How did we get here? What’s infinity?
I was baptized in the Anglican Church but didn’t really believe in God or spiritual powers. Like Sigmund Freud, I saw these as human projections. And like many people, I naïvely believed that science is truth.
After graduating from high school at NTCI, my beliefs evolved. I did a Joint Honours B.A. in Psychology/Sociology at York and Trent U, an M.A. in Philosophy and Religion at Visva-Bharati, India, and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies at UOttawa.
My Ph.D. deals with Carl Jung‘s idea of synchronicity and Michel Foucault’s mature views on discourse. After that, my interests branched out from psychology and religion to the broader areas of world myth, the arts, science, and the history of ideas. Not really in a position to travel, I mined the Ottawa Public Library for a couple of years, watching every educational and travel video I could get my hands on, and listening to their fine collection of choral, classical and jazz CDs.
I was drawn to Catholicism in the early 1990s and converted in 2001. So in love with what I’d found, I explored both priestly and monastic vocations. However, after visiting a Cistercian monastery and attending a retreat at Serra House, I realized I had to follow my own path.
Last summer I delved into the world of MIDI music recording. I had a lot of fun learning how to produce my own tunes, but it didn’t really go too far. I still get inspired to record new tunes, and remixes of old tunes. But MIDI takes so long, I usually move on to something else before seeing these ideas to completion.
Over the years I’ve been enriched by my family and many relationships—on and offline. Some of those relationships have faded into the background and others have become more spiritual than social.
My spirituality has always been evolving. These days, I think I’ll just say that I believe God watches over all of creation. And for me, a life without God would be meaningless.
—MC Nov. 2013