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Life of goodness can sap our joy and leave us bitter

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 8, 2014

Sometimes everything can seem right on the surface while, deep down, nothing is right at all. We see this, for example, in the famous parable in the Gospels about the Prodigal Son and his Older Brother. By every appearance the Older Brother is doing everything right: He's perfectly obedient to his father, is at home and is doing everything his father asks of him. Unlike his younger brother, he's not wasting his father's property on prostitutes and partying. He seems a model of generosity and morality.

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World stands idly by as terrorists wreak havoc in Iraq

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September 8, 2014

Again the world has been impotent in the face of a major humanitarian crisis, this time in the area of northeastern Iraq controlled by Islamic State terrorists. Although nations have deplored the massacres and other forms of terrorism of the ISIS militants, little has been done beyond U.S. bombing raids. Those raids are themselves morally problematic as they are unilateral actions by one nation, rather than a coherent response from the global community.

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Theology of the body brings healing, life to young adults

September 8, 2014
SARAH HINDS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

PHILADELPHIA – For campus minister Amy West, St. John Paul II's theology of the body is more than just the late pope's writings on the human body, the creation of male and female, marriage and human sexuality. It is also a means of healing and self-discovery for young people. "What I see with each coming year is that students are wounded," said West, campus minister at George Washington University in Washington.

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Thomas More put common good above his personal desires

St. Thomas More

September 8, 2014
RUANE REMY and EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Cardinal Thomas Collins wants Catholics to follow the example of St. Thomas More and take note of what More can teach us about religion's role in civil society. There are two ways to live one's life, Collins said. The more popular path is the way of the individual ego in service of the self. Then there is the way of Thomas More, the way of sacrificial virtue in the service of the common good.

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Newman College takes its 'Treasures' to the parishes

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September 8, 2014

The Treasures of the Faith series, sponsored by Newman Theological College, will expand this fall beyond the college with sessions also being held at St. Andrew's Church in Edmonton and Holy Family Church in St. Albert. The informal weekly series at which participants read a Church document, a work by one of the Fathers of the Church or a book of the Bible along with a Newman College professor begin the week of Sept. 15 and conclude the week of Dec. 10. There is no fee and no homework for any of the series. Each session lasts 50 minutes. Participants must register by phoning the college at 780-392-2450 or sending an email to reception@newman.edu.

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B.C. woman to lead CWL

September 8, 2014
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
THE B. C. CATHOLIC

After almost 40 years of involvement with the Catholic Women's League, Barbara Dowding has reached the top. The dedicated woman, vice chancellor of the Vancouver Archdiocese, was installed as the CWL's national president Aug. 13. "I am honoured, thrilled, humbled, and grateful for this wonderful opportunity," Dowding said after her installation in St. Dunstan's Church in Fredericton during the league's 94th annual convention.

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'Mass mobs' launch tidal wave of people into empty churches

Members of the Polish Women's Alliance of America's Zamek Dancers

September 8, 2014
MIKE STECHSCHULTE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Thom Mann believes Catholics in the Detroit metro area have always wanted to see Detroit's beautiful, historic inner-city churches filled again – many have even wanted to visit themselves – but just needed "a little push" to do so. But what started as a little push has turned into a tidal wave for the "Mass mob" movement, which began in early spring and has blossomed into a resounding "Amen" as pews have become packed with every successive outing. The latest, on Aug. 10, saw more than 2,000 people attend Mass at a historic Polish church that hasn't heard that many "Peace be with yous" in at least three decades.

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Slain U.S. journalist put faith into action

James Foley

September 8, 2014
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Slain journalist James Foley, a Catholic who sent images and copy from different war zones, was described as living his faith through his work. The Associated Press reported that at a memorial Mass Aug. 24, Bishop Peter Libasci of Manchester, N.H., lauded Foley for bringing important images of war and oppressive regimes to the rest of the world. Foley was kidnapped in November 2012 while covering the war in Syria. The Islamic State posted a video on the Internet Aug. 19 showing him being beheaded, saying it was in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq.

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CMA defends doctors' conscience rights on euthanasia

September 8, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – The Canadian Medical Association has passed a new policy on conscience rights that supports a doctor's right to choose whether to help patients commit suicide in jurisdictions where it may become legal. "If the law were to change, then we would support the right of physicians to follow their conscience. It (the new policy) doesn't say we favour a change in the law," said Dr. Jeff Blackmer, the CMA's executive director of ethics. The CMA stance opposing euthanasia remains in place.

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Artist strives to unite head and heart

Gisele Bauche

September 8, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Gisele Bauche struggled to find the balance between her head and her heart. Bauche always had an interest in growing in her faith. Scriptures, liturgy and sacraments appealed to her, so studying theology made sense. But she also comes from a family of professional artists, so she enjoyed creating her own art that reflected mood, inspiration and beauty. She could feel the tension coming from the academia of the head and the intuitive nature of her heart. Combining the head with the heart is essential in most art, whether music, drama or painting.

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