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Can a divorced person receive communion?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

July 4, 2011

Is a divorced person allowed to receive Holy Communion? What if the divorced person is now living common law?

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The poor in spirit look to God for hope

Mark Pickup

July 4, 2011

The Gospel reading for July 3 has a passage from Matthew (11.25-30). It is the beloved passage where Jesus says "Come to me, all you who weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." Our Lord was extending an invitation to follow him and be obedient to his words.

From the writings of the saints and testimonies of countless Christians throughout the centuries, we know these words of Jesus are true. Although Jesus was addressing Jews suffering under the weight of unnecessary religious responsibilities of the Pharisees, his invitation was, and remains, open to all.

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Nature is full of the love of God

Maria Kozakiewicz

July 4, 2011
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time - July 10, 2011

Is there anything more wonderful than spring in our part of the world? If we had "eyes that see and ears that hear," we would be in the state of perpetual thanksgiving to God for all the beauty around us - the lush blooming of lilacs, the swelling buds of roses, the scent of mayday flowers that carries through whole neighbourhoods, trees robed in all shades of green.

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There's more to small towns than little houses on the prairie

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 4, 2011

In a book on preaching, entitled, Telling the Truth, Frederick Buechner challenges preachers and spiritual writers to speak with "awful honesty" about the human struggle, even inside the context of faith. Don't put a sugar-coating on things, he warns:

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Oh Canada, you could be so much better if . . .

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July 4, 2011

Here is a wish list for Canada's 154th birthday: What Canada most needs is more religion and more babies. It needs less abuse — sexual, verbal and physical — and fewer divorces. It needs less TV watching and less time on the Internet. Canada needs less emphasis on individual rights and more commitment to community responsibilities. Less gambling and more sharing would be good too.

Canada would benefit if there were less pornography and less exploitive advertising. It would also benefit if there was a strong emphasis on education in the Great Books, if everyone got half an hour of exercise a day and if we had a weekly Sabbath when everything shut down and everyone gave the day to rest, reflection and prayer.

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Venezuelan Corpus Christi

July 4, 2011

Masked revelers dressed as devils take part in a parade in Ocumare, Venezuela, June 23.

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Hedonism clouds judgment, says Benedict

Pope Benedict

July 4, 2011

Hedonism clouds people's judgment and risks annihilating morality, Pope Benedict said.

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Corapi leaves priesthood in wake of allegations

Fr. John Corapi

July 4, 2011

Father John Corapi, a well-known speaker and former EWTN-TV host, declared June 17 he is leaving the priesthood.

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Three theologians to receive Ratzinger Prize

July 4, 2011

Pope Benedict will award three European theologians the Ratzinger Prize for their excellence in theological studies.

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Catholic U returns to single-sex dorms

July 4, 2011

John Garvey, president of The Catholic University of America in Washington, says the university will take a stand against binge drinking and the "culture of hooking up" by phasing out co-ed dorms.

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