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Marriages get a boost as couples draw near to God

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July 4, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Miriam and Terry Sharp say they now have the kind of relationship they dreamt about thanks to a movement for married couples they joined in 2006 at Edmonton's Our Lady of Guadalupe (Spanish) Parish.

Not long after getting married in 2005 the Sharps started to notice something was missing in their relationship. Things were good, but not good enough.

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Reading the Bible inspires, reveals treasures

Ralph Himsl

July 4, 2011
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time - July 3, 2011

Readers may remember when last fall, Pope Benedict encouraged us to read the Bible. As I remarked then on these pages, his urging came timely on for me and happily as I had not more than a month before started on that very mission.

Even so, it embarrassed me, because I should have done such reading long ago. I can almost hear a reproach - "And he calls himself a Catholic!"

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'Apologists' needed to respond to fervent atheistic critics

Fr. Robert Barron

July 4, 2011

The CNN Belief Blog, which has graciously featured a few of my pieces, just celebrated its first anniversary, and for the occasion, its editors reflected on 10 things they've learned in the course of the year. The one that got my eye was this: Atheists are by far the most fervent commentators on matters religious.

This completely coincides with my own experience as an Internet commentator and blogger. Every day, my website and YouTube page are inundated with remarks, usually of a sharply negative or dismissive nature, from atheists, agnostics and critics of religion.

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Technology often pushes ethical boundaries

Gordon Self

July 4, 2011

Earlier this month Covenant Health held its biannual ethics conference, entitled, Great Expectations? The allusion to Charles Dickens' masterpiece comes to mind, for the world of health care ethics today represents how both the "sun shines hot and the wind blows cold."

Ongoing advances in technology have created new possibilities, tempered, like a cold wind, by new ethical conundrums.

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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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