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Prayer provides path to healing life's deepest wounds

Lasha Morningstar

October 20, 2014

Troubles. So many they don't bear counting. Some are minor, some major. It's not only the individual upsets. It's the ones that blare out of the radio on the way home, the ones in the secular papers. Three a.m. became the usual wakeup time. Then a glimmer of change happened. It surprised me. I certainly didn't expect any relief from this ongoing strife.

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Marital breakdown calls for true mercy

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October 20, 2014

Most attention in preparation for the world synod of bishops on the family has focused on whether ways can be found to allow divorced-and-remarried Catholics to receive Communion without having their first marriage annulled. While this is an important topic for discussion, a singular focus on this issue is a symptom of overly legalistic times. When modern Western society has a significant social problem, it habitually seeks a juridical solution. In preparation for the synod, possible changes in Church law have been described in terms of a search for mercy. Mercy, according to Pope St. John Paul II, is "a superabundance of justice." Mercy is more powerful and more profound than justice, the late pope wrote in his encyclical Rich in Mercy (Dives in Misericordia, 4).

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Love lets you live outside the law

Kathleen Giffin

October 20, 2014
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 26, 2014

Several years ago I attended a presentation by Christopher West on the theology of the body. At one point he asked an audience member if he wanted to murder his wife. Everyone laughed and the man said no, he didn't want to murder his wife. Whereupon West said, "Then you don't need the law to prevent you from murdering your wife." The point, of course, is that the "law" is there to keep us conformed to God's ways when our heart is not yet in conformity with God's ways. When our heart and mind is in union with God, we no longer need the law to tell us what to do.

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Paranoia strikes deep; into your brain it will creep

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 20, 2014

Have you ever noted how we spontaneously react to a perceived threat? Faced with a threat, our primal instincts tend to take over and we instantly freeze over and begin to shut all the doors opening to warmth, gentleness and empathy inside us.< That's a natural reaction, deeply rooted inside our nature. Biologists tell us that whenever we perceive something or someone as threatening us, paranoia instinctively arises inside us and has the effect of driving us back towards a more primitive place inside our bodies, namely, the reptile part our brain, that remnant inside us from our evolutionary origins millions of years ago. Reptiles are cold-blooded. So too, it seems, are we when we're threatened.

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Canada, U.S. bombs will only deepen tragedy of Syria, Iraq

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October 20, 2014

Once again Western nations, led by the United States and including Canada, are trying to impose a military solution on Middle East countries where terror has overrun any semblance of the common good. It has not worked in the past, and it won't work this time. Indeed, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) grew out of the situation created by the two Iraq wars of the last 25 years. The successful overthrow of dictator Saddam Hussein led, not to meaningful peace, but rather to the rise of an even more bloodthirsty monster intent on wreaking murder and mayhem.

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Paul VI, pope of the council, beatified Oct. 19

Pope Paul VI

October 20, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope Paul VI, the man who oversaw and implemented the teachings of the Second Vatican Council, was a pope who believed passionately in a dialogue between the Church and the modern world. Serving as supreme pontiff through 15 tumultuous years, Pope Paul's desire for dialogue led him to become the first pope in modern times to travel outside of Italy, visiting six continents in seven years. His personal holiness will be recognized Oct. 19 when Pope Francis beatifies him during the closing Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the family.

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COLF campaign aims at boosting palliative care

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October 20, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) launched its national palliative care campaign Oct. 3 with the support of Canada's Catholic bishops. Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) president Archbishop Paul-André Durocher of Gatineau said the bishops were happy to support COLF's national campaign in favour of palliative and home care, and against euthanasia and assisted suicide. The theme is Life-Giving Love.

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Violent 'doctrine of discovery' repudiated centuries ago

October 20, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

A 30-year effort to get the pope to take back the words of two 15th century popes got another boost this summer when Leadership Conference of Women Religious, representing about 80 per cent of American sisters, passed a resolution calling on Pope Francis to repudiate the doctrine of discovery. The resolution, approved in August, called on Pope Francis to formally repudiate the events of Christian history when religion was used "to justify political and personal violence against indigenous nations and peoples and their cultural, religious and territorial identities."

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This is NOT your parents' folk mass

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October 20, 2014
RUANE REMY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Under blue skies, dressed in black, stand the members of Christian band Darkness Divided. In the serenity of a forest clearing, the band members' hands are stretched straight up, revealing streams of thick, dark blood pouring from wounds artificially created on their open palms. In the background, lyrics suggestive of Christ's crucifixion are belted out supported by the severe guitar and drum sounds typical of a metalcore band. This is a scene from The Hands that Bled, a single off the band's newly released album, Written in Blood. Three of the four members of Darkness Divided are Catholic, but on tour the entire band attends Mass, said guitarist Christopher Mora.

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Search for jobs another source of separation, says Filipino

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October 20, 2014
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VATICAN CITY – The separation of married couples is a huge issue in the Philippines and other parts of Asia, said Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila. Such separations often occur, not because of divorce, but because poverty pushes couples to separate in search of jobs abroad, Tagle said in an Oct. 4 interview. The cardinal said he hopes members of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops give appropriate consideration to the impact of poverty and migration on families and to a host of other issues that help or hinder family life.

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