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Unite with Mary as she brings her perfect gift to God's Temple

April 4, 2011
ANNE MARIE POSELLA
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When my firstborn daughter was baptized, Father Michael consecrated her to God through our Blessed Mother. He picked up Hannah — a squalling bundle swathed in layers of white satin - and held her up toward the statue of Mary enthroned above the tabernacle.

This tiny miracle, born on Christmas Day, was a special gift from God after years of prayer and expectant longing. In gratitude, I now offered my precious child back to God. I trusted that Mary would take care of Hannah by interceding for her at the feet of her Son.

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Trust in God's plan demands faith

Maria Kozakiewicz

April 4, 2011

Martha, Mary and Lazarus seem to have been the closest friends Jesus had on earth. "Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus." First came his mother, of course, then these three.

His extended family and neighbours could not understand him, some probably thought him possessed or insane, others were simply afraid. The increasing priestly opposition was like a growing dark cloud, gradually overshadowing Jesus' teaching, dimming his miracles.

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Loving our enemies proves to be one of life's hardest tasks

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 4, 2011

Lorenzo Rosebaugh, an Oblate colleague shot to death in Guatemala two years ago, used to share at Oblate gatherings some advice that Daniel Berrigan once gave him. Lorenzo, contemplating an act of civil disobedience to protest the Vietnam War, was told by Berrigan: If you can't do this without becoming bitter, then don't do it. Do it only if you can do it with a mellow heart. Do it only if you can be sure you won't end up hating those who arrest you.

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Catholic witness in politics must be rooted in principles

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April 4, 2011

The Catholic perspective on the 2011 federal election is essentially the same as for every election. Church teaching supports the right to life, the dignity of the human person and a preferential option for the poor. Government policies should reflect those teachings, not because the Catholic Church teaches them, but because they are principles of fundamental human justice.

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Iraqi archbishop speaks of 'near-genocide conditions'

April 4, 2011

An Iraqi archbishop spoke of "near-genocide conditions" for Christians in his country and said those fleeing violence were straining resources in other parts of the country.

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Britain's foreign policy is anti-Christian — O'Brien

Cardinal Keith O'Brien

April 4, 2011

A Scottish cardinal has accused the British government of operating an "anti-Christian foreign policy."

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S. Dakota requires waiting period before abortion

April 4, 2011

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a law March 22 establishing a three-day waiting period for all abortions, a time frame that exceeds other state laws that require 24-hour waiting periods.

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Hearing Confessions can inspire priests, says pope

April 4, 2011

The sacrament of Confession can be a teaching moment for both priest and penitent, Pope Benedict said.

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Chief visits pope

April 4, 2011

Pope Benedict accepts a gift from Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Grand Chief David Harper.

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Irish Church still vibrant, says archbishop

April 4, 2011

While the Irish Catholic Church might not be as numerically strong as it was in the past, there is still a great vibrancy in Irish Catholicism, said Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin.

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