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Words of consecration will change to provide a truer translation

Fr. Raymond de Souza

April 25, 2011

Many Catholics are reading the pope's most recent book, Jesus of Nazareth, Holy Week, as spiritual reading this Holy Week. Does many mean all?

Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI sheds light on a matter that English-speaking Catholics will encounter later this year. The new translation of the Roman Missal, which will take effect in Advent 2011, changes the words of institution, the words the priests says to consecrate the bread and wine, transubstantiating them into the Body and Blood of Christ. Holy Week is a good time to examine that.

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We are responsible for our own health

Gordon Self

April 25, 2011

I have seen a growth in public service announcements over the years promoting physical fitness and health. The ParticipACTION commercials of the early '70s (that is, Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod of BodyBreak) stand out in my memory among the first, followed by anti-smoking cartoons, agricultural producers endorsements, UV Index reports and consumer tips based on Canada's Food Guide.

While these all serve to educate Canadians about healthy lifestyle choices, proponents of preventive medicine argue more can be done to wake people up that you and I — not doctors, or "the health care system" — are ultimately responsible for our health.

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Love compels you to forgive sins

Ralph Himsl

April 25, 2011
Second Sunday in Easter — May 1, 2011

An age ago or perhaps even more than two, in the faraway city of Saskatoon, gleaming so brightly as it seemed on the Prairies, I sat in an audience transfixed by the speaker, James Mahoney, then bishop of the Diocese of Saskatoon.

Memory tells me that he spoke on the "three things that last" from 1 Corinthians 13.13, the justly famous faith, hope and love. He spoke for 35 minutes with insight, good sense and humour, without a glance at a note.

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John's Passion puts us all on trial — and the verdict frees us

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 25, 2011

Each year on Good Friday the Passion of Jesus Christ according to John is read aloud in our churches. John's Gospel, as we know, was written later than the other Gospels, perhaps some 70 years after Jesus died, and those years gave John plenty of time to reflect upon Jesus' death and highlight a number of aspects that are not as evident in the other Gospels. What are those special aspects?

John's narrative of Jesus' death highlights his trial. The bulk of John's account focuses on Jesus' trial and the eventual judgment that he be put to death.

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Resurrection empowers us to set our sights on higher things

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April 25, 2011

The great Second Reading for Easter Sunday provokes a challenge: "If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth" (Colossians 3.1-2).

After the discipline of Lent and the glory of the Triduum liturgies we might just believe that, with God's grace, we can do it. Now is the time to be completely focused on seeking the things that are above and turning our backs on things that are on earth.

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Friar Ducharme awaits ordination

Friar Pierre Ducharme

May 9, 2011
BRENT MATTSON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — After six years of formation, Franciscan Friar Pierre Ducharme will emerge from Christ’s kiln a fully-formed priest after his ordination at Holy Rosary Cathedral.

“It gives me more of an opportunity to be with people and journey with them through baptism and marriages,” the Vancouver native said. “I am looking forward to all the ministry that the priesthood has to offer.”

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Economy of communion focuses on giving

May 9, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — In today’s business culture that emphasizes maximizing profits, businesspeople are asking, “What can I get?” A new course at Newman Theological College will be teaching businesspeople how to shift their mentality to asking, “What can I give?”

Capitalism is based on the principle of wealth accumulation without consideration for one’s neighbour. However, philosopher Jim Penna and ecological economist Mark Anielski are offering a different approach — an economy of communion.

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JP2 had profound effect on the lives of many

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz

May 9, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ROME — With songs, videos, testimonials and prayers, Catholics of every age and many countries gathered in Rome to remember Pope John Paul II on the eve of his beatification.

“I feel him present here in the Circus Maximus,” the pope’s former secretary, Polish Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow told the crowd in Rome’s ancient racetrack April 30. “I feel him returning tonight.”

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John Paul II still draws a crowd

May 9, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

John Paul II is blessed because of his faith — a strong, generous and apostolic faith,” Pope Benedict said May 1 just minutes after formally beatifying his predecessor.

Many among those attending Pope John Paul’s beatification had personal stories about seeing the late pope or even meeting him, and Pope Benedict ended his homily at the Mass sharing his own personal story.

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Holy Trinity hands build Jamaica bonds

May 9, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Jamaica is known for its sunny beaches and tourist resorts, making it a common vacation destination. A few parishioners from Holy Trinity Parish in Spruce Grove and Stony Plain view the Caribbean country much differently.

Next to Haiti, Jamaica is the poorest nation in the western hemisphere. Of its three main areas — Mandeville, Montego Bay and Kingston — Mandeville is the most impoverished.

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