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Jim Taylor's reflection on Remembrance Day Sunday was not about the wars that Canadians have participated in and not about the sacrifices made, the heroics, and the graveyards. Instead he talked about a different kind of heroism. Of people working together, without concern for their own welfare, for the good of all.
He told the story about the miracle that happened in October 1972 when a plane crashed in the highest peaks of the Andes.
At the centre of his reflection Jim quoted Nando Parrado, from his book "Miracle in the Andes," about his perception of God:
"To be honest, as hard as I prayed for a miracle in the Andes, I never felt the personal presence of God. At least, not as most people see Him. I did feel something larger than myself, something in the mountains and the glaciers and the glowing sky that, in rare moments, reassured me ...If this was God, it was not God as a being or a spirit or some omnipotent superhuman mind... It was simply a silence, a wholeness, an awe-inspiring simplicity."
Read the entire reflection: Heroism by Jim Taylor