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Toronto Catholic District School Board

A Student Reflection on their World Religions Retreat

Grade 12 student at St. Joseph Morrow Park, Melika, shares, “as part of my World Religions course last year, I was blessed to attend a retreat with two sisters from the Scarboro Missions at the Blessed Trinity Church. The message of peace and unity that was taught that day has stayed with me since then and inspired me to compose a sonnet, weaving the Golden Rule from different religions together in form of a poem. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the Scarboro Missions for their valuable work.”

A Song Everyone Knew

Dancing round a bonfire a native sang:

“We’re as much alive as we keep our earth.” [1]

“And so do unto me what you’d have

Done to yourself,” replied the nun with mirth [2]

No one’s a stranger; everyone’s a friend [3]

Thus keep thy peace and greet each other’s need

Look not down on souls, but help them ascend [4]

It’s an innate urge, whatever your creed

With this a wise man nodded with smile

While the rabbi preached: ‘tis the whole Torah [5]

The hymn continued to Mecca and Nile

The song could be heard in the hearts of all

The “Kingdom of Ends” is almost near [6]

It is upon us to bring it here


[1]: Chief Dan George, Native Spirituality
[2]: Jesus, Matthew 7:12
[3]: Guru Granth Sahib, pg. 1299
[4]: Imam Ali (as), Hadith
[5]: Hillel, Talmud, Shabbat 31a
[6]: Immanuel Kant’s “Kingdom of Ends” refers to an ideal society where all people are treated
with dignity (and not merely as a means) and where universal maxims are practiced.
References [1], [2], [3], and [5] were derived from the “Golden Rule” poster by Scarboro