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The Splendour of God's Word

Sr. Eileen Schuller

December 26, 2011
SR. EILEEN SCHULLER
NOTHING MORE BEAUTIFUL

I still don't quite believe that I am standing here, in Edmonton, in this cathedral, to give this talk. When Archbishop Smith first wrote to ask me if I would do a presentation in the Nothing More Beautiful series, he anticipated that I might decline, claiming that I was too busy to take this on.

I replied by return email that I would not say no for that reason (because I was too busy) – but that my immediate, indeed spontaneous, impulse was definitely negative.

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The roots of the feast of Mary, Mother of God

Ralph Himsl

December 26, 2011
Mary, the Mother of God
November 1, 2011

I have a lament of sorts: with the investment that society has made in the formal education given me, supplemented by decades of experience, travel, mistakes, reading, study and dare I say it, thinking (?), it grieves me that I should know so little.

I see for example, the note in my Sunday Missal that on Jan. 1, we observe the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God on this World Day of Prayer for Peace.

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Only prayer can open our eyes to our call to share in divine life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 26, 2011

Familiarity breeds contempt. It also blocks the mystery of Christmas by breeding a view of life that cannot see divinity within humanity.

Yet all of us are hopelessly prone to see most everything in an over-familiar way, namely, in a way that sees little or nothing of the deep richness and divinity that is shimmering everywhere under the surface. G.K. Chesterton, reflecting on this, once declared that one of the deep secrets of life is to learn to look at things familiar until they look unfamiliar again. Alan Jones calls this a process of unlearning what's familiar.

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The Magi, on seeing the new king, took the path of faith

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December 26, 2011

The star led the Magi on a journey. Wise as those men were, they knew not the road they were on. Informed by a star, they set out to find a new king and, most naturally, went to the capital of the nation to which the star led.

Nothing was to be found in that centre of power. Instead, the new king was discovered among people of no importance. No rulers, religious leaders or scholars were at Bethlehem – only Mary, Joseph, Jesus and others whose names have been lost in the mist of history.

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Music ministry shares songs and food

Denis Grady

December 26, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The spirit of adventure, a pleasant holiday and Christian music ministry have proven to be a good mix for a yearly mission to Guatemala.

The Guatemala Music Mission is a project coordinated by Franciscan and Friends Music Mission, a not-for-profit charitable ministry.

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Pastoral plan on family moves ahead

December 26, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will proceed with a pastoral plan for life and family that will launch nationally in 2013 after a preparatory year in the dioceses.

In a letter to his brother bishops dated Dec. 8, Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith, president of the CCCB, said the conference's permanent council has given the proposed plan a green light.

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Senate report calls for urgent First Nations education reforms

December 26, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - Senator Gerry St. Germain knows first-hand the role a good education can play in lifting people out of poverty and despair.

"I grew up in a Metis community where there wasn't much hope, and there wasn't a very strong light at the end of the tunnel," said St. Germain.

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Metis doctor battles diseases of the poor

Dr. Janet Smylie

December 26, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Shocking, shameful poverty among Canada's native people goes far beyond the remote northern Ontario community of Attiwapiskat.

Native poverty is walking the streets and crowding the basement apartments of Canada's largest cities, according to a new report by St. Michael's Hospital researcher Dr. Janet Smylie.

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Pope tells inmates God loves them

Pope Benedict

December 26, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ROME – Pope Benedict told inmates at a Rome prison that people say nasty things about him, too, but it's important to remember that there are other people ready to offer their love and support.

During a visit Dec. 18 to Rome's Rebibbia prison, the pope gave a short speech and then responded to questions from six of the inmates gathered in the prison's Church of Our Father.

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Byzantine scholar goes home but keeps his tongue flapping

Fr. Robert Taft

December 26, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

In a sitting room where lace doilies top every table, Jesuit Father Robert Taft's grey sweater and wooden cane add to the impression that he's a refined retired professor.

But then he shared what he believes is the line his former students quote most: "There are two things you do not do alone: liturgy and sex."

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