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Small gestures can fulfill yearning for love

Kathleen Giffin

January 12, 2014
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 25, 2015

Gordon Neufeld tells a story of meeting a young man who had extraordinary success in overcoming an early childhood of abuse and neglect. When asked what had sustained him to continue to choose life and goodness instead of the despair and self-destruction so typical of those who suffered as he had, he told this story: Someone had taken him to church once when he was young. He was sitting by the aisle when, at the end of Mass, the priest walked by in the closing procession.

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Family will struggle to adapt as son faces life in a wheelchair

Mark Pickup

January 12, 2015

It was a freakish accident that had catastrophic results. A few days after moving to my community, 13-year-old Lincoln Grayson fell off his bicycle and broke his neck. He was rushed to the Stollery Children's Hospital where doctors worked frantically to initially save his life and then stabilize his condition. They induced a coma to completely immobilize him and performed a number of surgeries. Lincoln is now quadriplegic.

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It'll take a 'life jacket' to get through 2015

Lasha Morningstar

MJanuary 12, 2015

December 31, 2015. Where will you be on that day? What will you have done that year? I know what you are thinking. You think I am going to ask you if you have made resolutions? Then you will probably say – just like the rest of us – "Nope. Don't make resolutions. I just end up breaking them." What I am really saying is, God be willing, we are all going to go through this year and reach that date. What will we have achieved?

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God's voice is heard through pure joy

Lydia Cristini

January 12, 2015
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 18, 2015

Called by God. What does that even mean? Our Catholic faith tells us each human being has a universal call: the vocation to holiness or, in other words, the vocation to love. But each of us also has a unique call, a unique purpose, based on the specificity of who God created us to be. So, the question is: How do I hear God's specific call for my life? That's where it gets tricky. Samuel heard an audible voice saying his name. That hasn't happened to me yet.

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The best books that I read in 2014

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 12, 2015

The pressures of work and ministry, unfortunately, limit the time I have available to read as widely as I would like. Still, addicted as I am to books and knowing that without the insight and stimulation that I draw from them I would forever stagnate spiritually and creatively, I scrupulously carve out some time most days to read. As well, given my ministry and personality, I like to read various genres of books: novels, biography, critical essays, and, not least, books on Scripture, theology and spirituality.

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Pope's address to curia can help us find our own failings

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January 12, 2015

Pope Francis' Dec. 22 address to the Roman curia drew considerable media attention for its alleged implied criticisms of Vatican bureaucrats. The pope listed 15 "curial diseases" which weaken people's service to the Lord, sins such as thinking one is indispensable, excessive busy-ness, the "terrorism of gossip" and "the disease of a lugubrious face." Reports on the pope's address in media were headlined in ways such as the following: "Merry Christmas, you greedy gossipers" and "Francis gives Roman curia officials coal for Christmas."

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Ont. doctors confront need for end-of-life decisions

January 12, 2015
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Doctors may be men and women of action, but before a patient dies they should be open and available for lots of talk, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is advising its members. A new draft policy on providing care at the end of life clearly warns doctors that both euthanasia and assisted suicide are against the law.

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Church leaders defend Amazon region, people

January 12, 2015
BARB FRAZE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Latin American Church leaders have apologized for historical complicity with colonial atrocities in the Amazon and called for a Church with an "Amazonian face" in a pastoral letter. "The exploitation of the Amazon through mining, the expansion of farming and ranching, road construction, hydroelectric dams and timber companies demand that the Church take a more prophetic stance," they wrote.

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Electrician's family disappeared; he witnessed murders

Bassam Zaarwoor

January 12, 2015
BARB FRAZE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ZARQA, JORDAN – Before the bombing started in Syria, Bassam Zaarwoor owned an electric shop in Homs. "I was a wealthy man," he said. "I had my own car, my own shop." But as the war worsened, some of his friends were killed in front of him, and "some of my family members, they just disappeared."

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Iraqi mother faces anger of her children

Lahab Hannna

January 12, 2015
BARB FRAZE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

AMMAN, Jordan – Every night, in the church hall that Lahab Hanna shares with her husband, three children and 47 other people, her middle daughter makes a scene. Hanna, 32, said her children do not understand why they had to move from the Iraqi cities of Mosul, Qaraqosh and Ainkawa to their small space in a church hall in Amman. The children do not know the details of when her husband was kidnapped for eight days.

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