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Advent is a season of waiting. So we wait. We wait for the day when Jesus will set all things right. We wait for the day when love, mercy and justice will prevail. We wait for the day when the fruits of our faith will be manifest for all to see.
It is hard to wait. It is hard to see and feel the pain in this passing world. But it is precisely in this state of imperfect existence that we learn the most important lesson.
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A few weeks ago, I received an email from one of the leaders of the Occupy Edmonton camp. He had just read about a statement issued from the Vatican a few days earlier about the global economic crisis. He asked if I or another rep from the Catholic archdiocese could attend a public rally being organized the following Saturday and talk about the Vatican statement.
The statement mentioned was titled Towards Reforming the International Financial Monetary Systems in the Context of Global Public Authority. It was issued by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
Archbishop Richard Smith's recent pastoral letter, Pastoral Priorities of the Archdiocese of Edmonton, identified vocation promotion as one of the three priorities along with evangelization and faith formation. My previous columns have addressed the latter two. Now I want to look at the promotion of vocations.
God calls us all to lives of faith, obedience and service. We who have welcomed Christ into our lives are called to "come follow me." We are called to make known the Gospel message throughout a hurting world. This can happen in various ways.
Regarding people’s attire at church, I believe that God welcomes everyone who attends Mass, and so should we.
Congratulations on the excellent coverage of the 100th anniversary of St. Edmund’s Parish, St. Edmund’s School and the Ursulines of Jesus (WCR, Oct. 24).
On the first Sunday of Advent, changes to the liturgy will be implemented. They are outlined in a folder. However, not enough folders were printed and we do not have them throughout our archdiocese. Oh well, carry on.
After reading Father Ron Rolheiser’s In Exile column on suicide (WCR, Oct. 31), I am left wondering if I could disagree with him more fervently. My life has been touched by suicide a couple times and I have even attempted it myself once.
I am writing concerning Development and Peace. In my reading, the first and most startling incident was the invitation to a Jesuit priest in Mexico to speak in Canada. When questioned by Archbishop Prendergast about abortion, he admitted that he was open to it and was sent packing.
Perhaps no one in the history of the world has thought about the nature of reality with as much depth and as much breadth as did Aristotle.
Aristotle maintained, for example, that human moral decision-making was motivated not by a sense of obligation and even less by the "weighing" of the potential good and bad consequences of various alternative actions.
Nineteen parishes in Sao Paulo, Brazil, opened their doors to collect guns and ammunition as part of a city-wide campaign that collected 271 firearms and 173 rounds of ammunition.