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When grace enters, there is no choice – humans must dance.
W.H. Auden wrote those words and, beautiful as they sound, I wish they were true. When grace enters a room we should begin to dance but, sadly, more often than not, we let some little thing, some minor mosquito bite, blind us to grace's presence.
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Prayer has always held a deep fascination for me. It is a subject that is limitless. What an amazing thing to actually be in contact with God. The God who created and sustains all things. The God who knows us, loves us and calls us by name.
What would happen if we all dedicated our lives to really learning to pray? What would happen if we created authentic schools of prayer for our young people, families and churches?
My wife, LaRee, and I were in Saskatchewan to speak at a retreat of Christian students in medical school. The retreat dealt with the subject of suffering.
We spoke to the students about our sorrows and grief that have accompanied our 28 years living with chronic, degenerative multiple sclerosis. We shared insights about suffering from our Christian perspectives. I spoke about the terror of having an aggressive version of MS.
New Year's heralds all kinds of personal resolutions to improve our lives - spend quality time with family, get back into shape, pray more, give to charities, and so forth.
But we know the dismal track record of Jan. 1 resolutions if they remain a half-hearted, private wish. Thinking them through, writing them down and publicly acknowledging what I resolve to do with a trusted friend or family member helps deepen the level of commitment and make it real.
About six years ago, academic wind blew me from Africa to North America: to be precise, to Ottawa. My quest for knowledge has continued with my pursuit of a PhD degree in theology at the Dominican University, where I am on the verge of graduation.
As a Catholic priest of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost Fathers or Spiritans), I now work as the administrator of Mary Help of Christians' Catholic Chinese Parish in Edmonton, pending the defence of my doctoral dissertation in theology.
Dominican Sisters Carol Gilbert and Ardeth Platte, members of the Jonah House community in Baltimore, have spent decades crisscrossing the United States opposing war and acting to bring to life the biblical call to "beat swords into ploughshares" in symbolically disarming nuclear weapons and other tools of war.
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has launched a new webpage on its www.cccb.ca site that traces the relationship of the Catholic Church in Canada with indigenous peoples.
A Philadelphia hospital's alleged refusal to provide a kidney transplant to a mentally disabled three-year-old is yet another example of the harm legalized abortion is causing in the U.S., says Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput.
Bishop Colin Campbell, bishop emeritus of Antigonish, died Jan. 17.
A calligrapher paints while waiting for customers on a street in Hanoi.