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Love the Lord your God with all your heart

John Connelly

 

October 17, 2011
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 23, 2011

In this week's Gospel we are given a profound and central key to the heart of God. Jesus is posed the following question, "Master, which is the greatest commandment of the Law?"

And Jesus replied, "'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment."

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Too often good looks tend to trump all else

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 17, 2011

Nearly a century ago, Oscar Wilde wrote a famous novel entitled, A Picture of Dorian Gray. It begins this way:

Basil Hallward, a painter, has just finished a portrait of a young man of extraordinary good looks, Dorian Gray. Just as he finishes the painting, a brilliant, though highly cynical, young lord, Henry Wotton, wanders into the room, marvels at the painting and compliments Dorian on his good looks.

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Eucharist helps us realize the fullness of our humanity

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October 17, 2011

Pope John Paul II's first encyclical in 1979, The Redeemer of Humanity, was devoted to the nature of the human person. The pope explored the fullness of what it means to be human.

In the encyclical, the new pope quoted the statement from Vatican II's document on The Church in the Modern World that became his hallmark, being included in nearly every major document he would write: "In reality, it is only in the mystery of the Word made flesh that the mystery of man becomes truly clear." It is only by understanding Christ that one can fully understand the human person.

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Senator fought to overcome discrimination

October 17, 2011
FRANK FLEGEL
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

REGINA — Senator Lillian Eva Quon Dyck’s heritage is aboriginal and Chinese. Throughout her life she has fought discrimination and racism to achieve distinction as a university professor and appointment to the Canadian Senate in 2005.

Dyck told her story at the Luther Lecture Sept. 26 at Luther College, University of Regina.

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Adam and Eve? Look in the mirror

October 17, 2011
JAMES BREIG
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Adam and Eve recently made an appearance on U.S. National Public Radio — not as guests, but as the topic of a discussion about their existence.

Morning Edition, a regular National Public Radio series, examined the current debate among evangelical Christians over whether the first couple actually lived or are characters in a Bible story that makes a point about God and his creatures.

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Spirit of Assisi seen as the way to world peace

October 17, 2011
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

MUNICH — St. Francis of Assisi appeals to believers and nonbelievers alike because they long for a world where people see each other as brothers and sisters, said the superior of the Franciscan convent in Assisi.

Conventual Franciscan Father Giuseppe Piemontese, custodian of the Sacred Convent of St. Francis, also said humanity yearns for a world where creation is respected as a gift to all.

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Edmonton strives for inter-faith harmony

Rabbi David Kunin

October 17, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In a time when municipalities are weeding religion out of public places, the City of Edmonton has taken a different approach, encouraging understanding of all spiritual traditions, and giving thanks for the city’s many faith expressions.

Each month a different faith launches an educational event to showcase its tradition. Displays depicting various faiths are rotated on a regular basis in City Hall.

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Altar servers bear witness to value of faithful families

October 17, 2011
NATHAN RUMOHR
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — Strong families establish strong vocations. That was the message of Archbishop Michael Miller during the recent Altar Server Awards at Holy Rosary Cathedral.

“The first steps are taken at home,” the archbishop said during his homily.

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Bedard founded religious order, led many to Christ

Fr. Bob Bedard

October 17, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Father Bob Bedard, the Ottawa priest who founded the Companions of the Cross more than 25 years ago, died peacefully Oct. 6 at the age of 82 after a long illness.

Bedard not only founded the charismatic order that has grown to include 40 priests, six religious sisters and hundreds of lay associates in Ottawa, Toronto, Halifax, Detroit and Houston, he was one of the leaders in the charismatic renewal movement and the popular host of the television program Food for Life for many years.

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Catholic groups oppose gov't Planned Parenthood funding

Bishop Gerald Wiesner

October 17, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Two Catholic organizations have blasted International Cooperation Minister Bev Oda’s decision to grant the International Planned Parenthood Federation $6 million in new funding.

In an Oct. 4 letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Bishop Gerald Wiesner of Prince George, chairman of the board of the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF), expressed dismay that “the world’s largest abortion provider and promoter” would receive a CIDA grant over the next three years.

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