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"Life is difficult." So begins Scott Peck's classic, The Road Less Travelled. Not only is it difficult, it's also complicated, textured with so many ways of seeing, so many ways of living, so many meanings, opportunities, distractions and choices.
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In his recent exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis wrote, "I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security" (49).
At the conclusion of his brilliant essay, The Weight of Glory, C.S. Lewis wrote, "Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbour is the holiest object presented to your senses."
We knew there would be glitches of one sort or another when the WCR upgraded its circulation software from a basic Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to a dedicated program with lots of bells and whistles. I just didn't realize that the editor himself would be the main glitch.
The new Health Ethics Guide devotes an entire chapter to the "social nature of care." This theme has particular meaning as we approach the 22nd annual World Day of the Sick on Feb. 11.
Five years ago this month, Bishop Luc Bouchard of St. Paul, Alberta, issued his high profile pastoral statement, The Integrity of Creation and the Athabasca Oil Sands. Four months later, Bishop Murray Chatlain of Mackenzie-Fort Smith, downstream from the Alberta oilsands, issued a pastoral letter in support of the stance taken by Bouchard.
It is often said that the Church thinks in terms of centuries and that it often takes that long for the Church to "catch up" with what the rest of the world has already realized.
Every day, Kathy DiFiore, who helps young unwed mothers and their children with shelter and support, tells God that she wants to do his will. “And if I’m not doing what he wants, he has a right to pick up his divine two-by-four, hit me over the head a couple times and I’ll pay attention,” she said.
A Pew Research Center study issued Jan. 14 shows another increase in hostility toward religion by most of the world’s 198 nations. The share of countries with a high or very high level of social hostilities involving religion reached a six-year peak in 2012, the study said.
Pope Francis advanced the sainthood cause of the founder of the Sisters of Charity of Quebec. The pope signed a decree Dec. 27 recognizing that Mother Marie-Anne-Marcelle Mallet lived the Christian virtues in a heroic way and is venerable.