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God's call is an invitation to love

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July 21, 2014

A vocation, any vocation, is a mystery, one whose meaning is slowly, but only partially, revealed to us over the course of our lives. Human vision is always extremely limited in the context of God's entire plan; fears, sinfulness and desires also limit our perspective. Yet, we know from the testimony of priests and religious that often the call to a life of ordained or consecrated ministry is resisted, sometimes strongly. We also know from the testimony of religious in the autumn of their lives that they have experienced great joy from turning their lives totally over to God through service to his Church.

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Solomon sought wisdom of the heart

Maria Kozakiewicz

July 21, 2014
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 27, 2014

It took me a while to understand that the Mass readings should be read and meditated on in their entirety, not a la carte. If we read the texts in the order presented, we are offered a chance to walk the way of faith from the beginning – from the childhood of Old Testament to adulthood of the New. Thus, the holy texts, which this Sunday refer to the rise of the kingdom of God, begin with Solomon's plea for wisdom which is presented as the ability to distinguish right from wrong.

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Lost in distraction, we need hurricanes to wake us up

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 21, 2014

There's a story in the Hindu tradition that runs something like this: God and a man are walking down a road. The man asks God: "What is the world like?" God answers: "I'd like to tell you, but my throat is parched. I need a cup of cold water. If you can go and get me a cup of cold water, I'll tell you what the world is like." The man heads off to the nearest house to ask for a cup of cold water. He knocks on the door and it is opened by a beautiful young woman. He asks for a cup of cold water. She answers: "I will gladly get it for you, but it's just time for the noon meal, why don't you come in first and eat." He does.

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Encounter with Christ would help resolve crisis in families

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July 21, 2014

Normally, the release of the instrumentum laboris (working paper) for a World Synod of Bishops attracts no mainstream media attention and little in the Catholic press. This time it is different because of expectations that the double synod (2014 and 2015) on the family may lead to greater acceptance at the Eucharistic table for those divorced and remarried without an annulment. Some media commentaries have not been enlightening. It is startling to read that the biggest problem facing families today is, in effect, that the Church continues to preach the Gospel. If the Church would only drop its teachings on contraception, same-sex marriage and the permanency of marriage, so the argument goes, the world would be better off.

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Theologians ask why faithful don't accept some teachings

July 21, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

When a significant portion of the Catholic faithful ignore or reject a Church teaching, it is often a sign that social and cultural pressures are weakening their faith, said members of the International Theological Commission. Or, that lack of belief may reveal that Church leaders simply have not found a way to explain the teaching, the commission said in a new document. The commission published the document 'Sensus Fidei' in the Life of the Church on the Vatican website in late June with the approval of Cardinal Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

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Chaldean patriarch appeals for prayers to heal country's rift

July 21, 2014
DALE GAVLAK
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

AMMAN, JORDAN – The patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Baghdad called the current situation in his country "perhaps the darkest and most difficult period in (the Church's) recent history." In a telephone interview with Catholic News Service July 7, Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako said the city of Mosul "is almost empty of Christians." "There are only about 200 (Christian) individuals that may be left there," he said. "The churches are closed. There was no Mass on Sunday. There are no priests."

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Quebec expects to draw 300,000 to holy door

July 21, 2014
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

QUEBEC CITY – More than 100,000 pilgrims have already passed through the holy door in Quebec's Cathedral of Notre Dame and another 200,000 are expected before year end. The holy door was constructed to mark the 350th anniversary of the founding of the first Catholic parish in North America's first Catholic diocese. It is one of only seven in the world. The Church in North America was launched from the Quebec Diocese, said Msgr. Denis Belanger, cathedral rector.

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Christians targeted in Iraqi civil war

July 21, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

The Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) has put out an urgent plea to help Iraqi Christians targeted in a "brutal civil war." "Everybody's affected, but Christians in particular because as a minority they are more vulnerable," said CNEWA Canada general secretary Carl Hutu in an interview from Jerusalem. Hutu attended the annual gathering in Rome June 23-26 of agencies working with the Eastern Church that was organized by the Congregation of Eastern Churches.

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Gangs chase fleeing Central American migrants, children

July 21, 2014
DAVID AGREN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Giovani Melendez, 31, fled San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador, with his family, setting out suddenly on a search for safety in the United States after gangs demanded growing extortion payments he was unable afford. The family – Melendez, his wife, and children, ages five and 12 – only made it to the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, where officials stopped them and sent them back to El Salvador.

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Marian Centre needs help serving the homeless

July 21, 2014
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – With temperatures hitting a blazing 30c , the hot sun may be welcomed by sun bathers and children alike. But for the homeless people there is no respite from its tortuous heat. Sunstoke is a cruel reality for those who cannot find shade. Many end up in city emergency wards.

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