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Listening in prayer is the pathway to knowing God's will

Lasha Morningstar

January 16, 2012

Listen.

Hard stuff isn't it?

Because if we really listen it means we must filter out as much of the extraneous world as we possibly can and concentrate on the sound/words being made or said.

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People of Nineveh repented with flair

Maria Kozakiewicz

January 16, 2012
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 22, 2012

I love the readings of this Sunday. They are like three wholesome dishes that need to be tasted separately, yet they form one wonderful meal.

First, Jonah, my favourite prophet, warns the people of Nineveh of impending doom and the need for penance. He has little love for the people to whom he brings this message, but he obeys God's command.

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Dark night of the soul allows God to make us in his image

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 16, 2012

Few people have ever written as penetrating a critique of faith and religion as have Friedrich Nietzsche and Ludwig Feuerbach. "God is dead," Nietzsche declared, "and we are his murderers." We murder God, he contends, in subtle ways to which we are entirely blind.

In a vast over-simplification, their critique might read as follows: Faith and religion are, in the end, human projections. We believe in God because we need to, pure and simple. We create God to serve our own needs. We need to believe in God because without a belief in God, we cannot deal with the pain, brokenness, inadequacy and limits within our own lives.

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Church's treasure of sexual teaching is a gift to the world

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January 16, 2012

Basilian Father Jack Gallagher has written an important book that challenges both Church and society (Pages 10 and 11). The challenge to society is to overcome its individualistic approach to sexual morality that has separated procreation from marriage. The challenge to the Church is to be more forthright in presenting its teaching on sexuality and marriage that is the only real hope for society to avoid collapse and ruin.

Gallagher doesn't mince words in his book, Human Sexuality and Christian Marriage: An Ethical Study. Evidence abounds, he says, indicating that the direction in which society is moving regarding sex and marriage is disastrous for both individuals and society itself.

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Accept Mass revisions with faith and trust of Mary

January 16, 2012

I'm old enough to remember the Latin Mass. I too served at the Latin Mass and, as I reflect on the new Roman Missal changes, these changes are more true to that version.

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Efforts are needed to preserve the family farm

January 16, 2012

Is living a rural lifestyle as a Catholic family on the land, providing safe, healthy meats and produce to families who are unable to do so for themselves intrinsically valuable? Yes.

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Haiti – joy, hope, softens the poverty

January 16, 2012
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

After a pre-Christmas solidarity mission to Haiti, Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith came away with a deep appreciation of the work Canadian Catholics are funding to help the poor through a range of Caritas partners.

"What I saw there was the Gospel in action; lives being changed," said Smith, who went in his capacity as president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB).

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Weight loss program calls on the Lord

January 16, 2012
VANESSA SANTILLI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Suzanne Fowler wants people to fill the hole in their hearts with God, not with food.

That's the premise of Fowler's Light Weigh program for weight loss, a program she created to solve her own struggles with eating.

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Lahey on the street after 8 months in jail

Bishop Raymond Lahey

January 16, 2012
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

OTTAWA – Retired Bishop Raymond Lahey, convicted of importing child pornography, was released from prison Jan. 4 after the judge gave him double credit for eight months already served.

The judge also imposed a period of 24 months' probation with strict conditions on the 71-year-old former bishop of Antigonish, N.S.

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Catholic sexual teaching is right

Fr. Jack Gallagher

January 16, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In the eyes of Father Jack Gallagher, sociologists have proven Catholic teaching on sexuality and marriage right.

"Study after study," says Gallagher, shows that the ideal place for children to be raised is with their two birth parents.

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