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Saints are heroes who live the Beatitudes — Rosica

May 30, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - Pope John Paul II canonized or beatified many saints because he knew "the world needed heroes," Basilian Father Thomas Rosica told priests and lay people gathered for a pastoral day May 19.

What Pope John Paul did was present "a lot of people who look like us," Rosica said. "They became an invitation to others to be like them."

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Slave Lake pastor yearns to build community of hope

May 30, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SLAVE LAKE - St. Peter's Catholic Church in Slave Lake survived the wildfire that destroyed a third of the town, says Father Joseph Jeyapaul Packiasamy.

Packiasamy, a native of India and pastor for the past three years, said when evacuees are able to return to the town of 7,000, he plans to work with other Christian pastors to "try to build a community of hope."

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Marking your X is just the beginning

Bob McKeon

May 23, 2011

We had our latest federal election on May 2. The Conservative Party under Stephen Harper won a majority after several years of minority governments. Almost certainly, the next federal election will not occur for another four years.

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Are 'Go tell' said at the well and 'Go' at the end of Mass linked?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

May 23, 2011

In the Gospels, the women searching for Jesus in the tomb are told: "Go, tell." At the end of Mass, the priest says: "Go." Is there any connection?

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Ultrasound's image saves unborn lives

Mark Pickup

May 23, 2011

The city council of Rockford, Ill., was recently asked to vote on whether to allow a mobile ultrasound van to park near a local abortion clinic. It would offer free ultrasound services to women about to enter the Northern Illinois Women's Center.

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Let your voice ring out with love for the Lord

John Connelly

 

May 23, 2011
Sixth Sunday of Easter — May 29, 2011

Psalm 66 says, "All the earth worships you; they sing praises to you, sing praises to your name." Can you and I imagine what this would look like? All the earth worshiping and praising the Lord in song. People of every race, creed and nation giving unhindered glory to God.

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The 2 dimensions of orthodoxy: Glue and fire

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 23, 2011

There are more ways than one in which our belief system can be unbalanced so as to do harm to God and to the Church.

What makes for a healthy, balanced, orthodox faith? The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church defines orthodoxy as "right belief as contrasted to heresy." That's accurate enough, but we tend to think of this in a one-sided way.

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Spirit's presence revealed most clearly in life of virtue

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May 23, 2011

It was a great joy to have Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the papal household, give four public talks at St. Joseph Basilica earlier this month. But please permit this writer to express a minor disappointment that Cantamalessa was not able to speak on the topic for which he has been a guiding light over the past 20 years — the renewal of ourselves and our Church through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Caregivers should heed deep yearnings in patients' requests

Gordon Self

May 30, 2011

There is a saying in ethics that people might have capacity for making decisions, but have poor judgment. Anyone having raised teenagers will know the truth of this statement, perhaps recalling some of their children's past decisions when good judgment was lacking.

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Friday's fish and chips say we are Catholic

Fr. Raymond de Souza

May 30, 2011

Fish 'n chips, anyone? It's either that or, given the preponderance of Indian takeout in England today, vegetable samosas and prawn curry for Catholics on Friday come this fall.

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