I can say that I have lived and loved in two wonderful and rich Canadian Cultures: German with the Mennonite religion, French Canadian with the Catholic religion. Yes, there has been pain and sorrow, but if it werenít for that -- as in a painting, if it werenít for the shadows, there would be no depth; the darker the shadow, the deeper the depth -- and the greater the joy. I have been truly blessed.
When I look at how my German forebearers have struggled through life, defending their religious beliefs, I canít simply throw it away as unimportant or misguided. I need to look at it intelligently and with sensitivity.