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Quest for meaning trumps our striving for happiness

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 20, 2011

Am I happy? Is my life a happy one? Am I happy inside my marriage? Am I happy with my family? Am I happy in my job? Am I happy with my church? Am I happy inside my own skin?

Are these good questions to ask ourselves? No. They're questions with which to torture ourselves.

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Senate reform should spark overhaul of Canadian democracy

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June 20, 2011

The Reform Party idealism of the 1980s and early 1990s that proclaimed Canada should have an equal, elected and effective Senate is pretty much dead. But that doesn't mean that Senate reform should be forsaken. It will have to be an ongoing task rather than a one bill fixes all solution.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's encouragement for more Senate elections and fixed terms is a positive move that is far from radical. Nevertheless, the Ontario and Quebec governments reacted with predictable outrage. They see elected representation in the Senate as something that would increase the Senate's legitimacy as a voice of regional representation and thus be a threat to their own power.

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Student never forgot St. James School

July 4, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

EDMONTON — As the school year comes to a close we take the opportunity to look back at significant events that marked the year in a special way.

A special marker at St. James School is a story that began over 50 years ago with the opening of the school and the arrival of the Cieselkski family.

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Seminarians obliged to keep a media fast

July 4, 2011
LUC RINALDI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — When Thomas Collins was in the seminary, he felt like the busiest, most rushed guy in town. Now, as archbishop of Toronto, he wants to give seminarians a chance to stop and reflect — something he wishes he could have done more often.

For the incoming class at St. Augustine's Seminary, that will mean a media fast — abstaining from electronic and traditional media of all types — for much of their first year. No phones or cellphones, no Internet or computer games, no TV or radio. No modern devices or even old friends like newspapers and magazines.

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Canadian Martyrs' shrine a place of pilgrimage for those of many cultures

St. Jean de Brébeuf

July 4, 2011
LUC RINALDI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

MIDLAND, ONT. — In 2003, Zofia Szaflarski was invited by a friend to join a weeklong walking pilgrimage to the Martyrs' Shrine in Midland. Hesitant but curious, Szaflarski agreed and since then she has been "addicted."

Several walks later, Szaflarski now helps organize and promote the annual pilgrimage.

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New magazine will speak for Judeo-Christian values

July 4, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWs

OTTAWA — An Ottawa-based think tank has launched Canadian Observer, a culturally conservative Canadian quarterly its editor, Richard Bastien, hopes will engage Catholic readers.

"The culture has turned against Christians generally," said Bastien, a Catholic and retired economist who is a senior research fellow at the Canadian Centre for Policy Studies. The centre's president, Joseph Ben-Ami, an Orthodox Jew, is the magazine's publisher.

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St. Thérèse inspired Fr. Inglis' vocation

Fr. Brian Inglis

July 4, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

HINTON — After he read the works of St. Thérèse de Lisieux as a teenager, Brian Inglis knew he wanted to dedicate his life to serving the Lord.

So he joined the Basilian Fathers right out of high school and was ordained a priest for this teaching community of men in 1961.

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Autobiography shelters city's homeless

Jeannette Romaniuk

July 4, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Jeannette Romaniuk had a passion to help the homeless.

"My sister and I were obsessed with the plight of the homeless in Edmonton," said Romaniuk.

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Yearning for mercy, Caravaggio turned to spiritual subjects

July 4, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

As Caravaggio's personal life unraveled, his paintings became more deeply spiritual, perhaps because of his own need for mercy says an art historian and expert on the 17th-century Italian master.

The more and more sorrow he experienced, the more and more spiritual his work became, said University of Vienna art historian Sebastian Schütze.

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Augustine refused to be lukewarm

St. Francis de Sales

June 20, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Overcoming sin is the first step leading to what St. Francis de Sales calls "the devout life." It is also the most difficult step, one never fully completed in this lifetime.

No one expressed this better than St. Augustine. His Confessions describes an ongoing war on many fronts to overcome sin. Augustine simply would not be baptized so that he could become a lukewarm Catholic. If he was going to be a Christian, it would only be when he made a commitment to obliterate sin and its vestiges from his life.

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