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I have long loved the stories in the first book of Kings dealing with the prophet Elijah. His name tells us all we need to know about him. "Elijah" is the Anglicization of the Hebrew Eliyahu, which means, "Yahweh is God."
People can be named from what they worship, what they hold to be of highest value. Thus, someone who values her work above all is a "company woman;" one who prizes his family above all is a "family man;" someone who seeks pleasure as his highest good is a "good-time Charlie," etc.
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In his book The Yes of Jesus Christ, Pope Benedict wrote: "We are not allowed neutrality when faced with the question of God. We can only say yes or no, and this with all the consequences extending right down to the smallest details of life."
The great American Catholic theologian Bishop Fulton Sheen concurred: "To the eyes of faith only two classes of people exist: those who say 'yes' to God and those who say 'no' to God." In an age of relativism - such as the one in which we live - this is an important but unpopular spiritual reality.
Global warming has been named as the most serious crisis of our time.
The highest levels of the Catholic Church have asked for our understanding - and action. As long ago as 1998, the bishops of Alberta wrote a pastoral letter entitled, Celebrate Life: Care for Creation.
Maryknoll Father Jim Noonan hopes the five or so hours he spent in jail recently will be noticed by U.S. President Barack Obama.
A staff associate in the Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns, Noonan, 77, was among 65 people arrested Aug. 20 during protests calling attention to the environmental dangers he believes are posed by a proposed 2,700-km pipeline to carry Canadian crude oil to refineries in Oklahoma and Texas.
The building and blessing of the new St. Joseph Seminary and the lives of the people who serve and study within its walls are featured in a new television documentary that premieres this month on Salt + Light TV.
Put Out into the Deep is a half-hour program that looks at the history and reconstruction of St. Joseph's, the first major seminary to be built in Canada in the new millennium.
At age 18, Ada Toner was still contemplating what to do with her life. She had no parents, no education and no profession. As well, within the span of a year, she had received marriage proposals from four different men.
"I was picking berries one day, and I looked over and asked myself which one of those guys would I like to spend the rest of my life with. Then I saw the face of Jesus, and I don't know if it was in the clouds or a feeling within me or what it was," she said.
EDMONTON — For the third straight year, St. Theresa Parish is offering JustFAITH, a U.S.-based formation program to foster commitment to social justice ministry.
For the first time, St. Theresa's is opening the program to anyone in the archdiocese who may have an interest in social justice, regardless of education or experience.
The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States horrified the pope and Vatican officials, who unequivocally condemned terrorism and offered prayers for the dead, the survivors and the rescue workers.
The attacks shook the world but did not destroy the commitment to dialogue and cooperation of Catholic and Muslim leaders in interreligious relations.
OTTAWA — The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) released a message designed to help families do a better job of seeing their lives as a Christian vocation.
In its message, Love is Calling Your Children, COLF urges families to recognize the role they play in helping their children find their vocations.
Parishioners at St. Albert Parish, conscious of the historic significance of their parish, are marking the 150th jubilee of their parish with a bang.
They have been celebrating monthly since January and will continue celebrating for the remainder of the year.