View your blog

Sense of accountability prevented suicide

November 21, 2011

After reading Father Ron Rolheiser’s In Exile column on suicide (WCR, Oct. 31), I am left wondering if I could disagree with him more fervently. My life has been touched by suicide a couple times and I have even attempted it myself once.

Read the rest of entry »

Foolish bridesmaids responsible for changes

November 21, 2011

On the first Sunday of Advent, changes to the liturgy will be implemented. They are outlined in a folder. However, not enough folders were printed and we do not have them throughout our archdiocese. Oh well, carry on.

Read the rest of entry »

St. Edmund’s parish, school were fount of vocations

November 21, 2011

Congratulations on the excellent coverage of the 100th anniversary of St. Edmund’s Parish, St. Edmund’s School and the Ursulines of Jesus (WCR, Oct. 24).

Read the rest of entry »

Don’t judge those at Mass based on externals

November 21, 2011

Regarding people’s attire at church, I believe that God welcomes everyone who attends Mass, and so should we.

Read the rest of entry »

Parents must nurture children's vocations

Mark Pickup

November 21, 2011

Archbishop Richard Smith's recent pastoral letter, Pastoral Priorities of the Archdiocese of Edmonton, identified vocation promotion as one of the three priorities along with evangelization and faith formation. My previous columns have addressed the latter two. Now I want to look at the promotion of vocations.

God calls us all to lives of faith, obedience and service. We who have welcomed Christ into our lives are called to "come follow me." We are called to make known the Gospel message throughout a hurting world. This can happen in various ways.

Read the rest of entry »

Occupy camp applauds Robin Hood tax

Bob McKeon

November 21, 2011

A few weeks ago, I received an email from one of the leaders of the Occupy Edmonton camp. He had just read about a statement issued from the Vatican a few days earlier about the global economic crisis. He asked if I or another rep from the Catholic archdiocese could attend a public rally being organized the following Saturday and talk about the Vatican statement.

The statement mentioned was titled Towards Reforming the International Financial Monetary Systems in the Context of Global Public Authority. It was issued by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Read the rest of entry »

Advent: we wait for Jesus to put things right

John Connelly

 

November 21, 2011
1st Sunday in Advent
November 27, 2011

Advent is a season of waiting. So we wait. We wait for the day when Jesus will set all things right. We wait for the day when love, mercy and justice will prevail. We wait for the day when the fruits of our faith will be manifest for all to see.

It is hard to wait. It is hard to see and feel the pain in this passing world. But it is precisely in this state of imperfect existence that we learn the most important lesson.

Read the rest of entry »

Faith calls us to love creation – sister

November 21, 2011
JAMES BUCHOK
THE PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG – Society has a moral sense of suicide, homicide and genocide “but no moral sense of biocide or geocide,” says a Catholic bioethicist.

Sister Mary Rowell was quoting the late Thomas Berry, an American priest and ecologist as she spoke at the Canadian Religious Conference Oct. 29.

Read the rest of entry »

New English Translation ready

November 21, 2011

Sunday, Nov. 27, the First Sunday of Advent, the new English language translation of the Mass will be implemented. Parishes will have prayer cards to help the faithful participate in the liturgy. But here is a small sample of the changes about to be implemented.

Read the rest of entry »

Moral battles are won with reason, courtesy, respect

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 21, 2011

Today, both within society and the churches, we are finding it ever more difficult to resolve differences because our conversations are shot through with non-civility, name-calling, character-assassination and disrespect.

What’s particularly worrying is that we do this in the name of truth, cause, the Gospel and Jesus. We are giving ourselves permission to hate, demonize and disrespect each other in God’s name. Our cause seems so important that, consciously or unconsciously, we give ourselves permission to bracket some of the essentials of Christian charity, namely respect, graciousness, love and forgiveness.

Read the rest of entry »

Archive