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Pope Benedict prays in a private chapel during the closing day of a spiritual retreat at the Vatican.
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The Church is a people gifted to live in communion with God. As cardinals gather to elect a new pope, that is worth emphasizing because much media attention will be on the most superficial aspects of the Church – the sins of its members, its organizational structure and who has the power. We need to emphasize that it is through the Church and its sacraments that we share in God's eternal life.
A friend of mine likes to jokingly pretend he's the ultimate egoist and will occasionally crack this quip: "Life is hard because I have to deal with the magnitude of me."
The readings chosen for the Mass of this day invite us to enjoy a story and to reflect on it. Satisfactory promises, you might say.
The bishops of Canada received this morning the news of your intention to resign the ministry of bishop of Rome. We and the faithful of Canada have grown to love and admire you, and so are marked today with sadness at your impending departure from your role as supreme pontiff. At the same time, we are full of gratitude to God for the wondrous blessings that have been ours because of your extraordinary leadership.
Pope Benedict's renunciation of the See of Peter has occasioned much commentary about how rare a papal resignation is. Many have said that it has been 600 years or 700 years, depending on how one counts.
Is it right for Christians to consider Jesus simply a Jewish prophet and teacher?
When I was asked to find a title for this column I eventually settled on Figure of Speech. I did so because my own writing practice, especially for reflective pieces, often draws on rhetorical structures that I then meditate upon and develop.
Do I Believe Jesus was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary?
A frantic time of life. Work in Toronto's hyper-competitive media world. Then grab a bus to Barrie (93 km north) at night.