Prayer, like classes, offers many options

Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt

February 20, 2012

TORONTO – With the busy schedule of a university student, Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt was finding it challenging to fit prayer into her regular routine during her school years.

To remedy this, her spiritual director suggested she get creative, recommending a variety of different prayer styles.

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Apply faith, hope, charity to your life

Peter Kreeft

February 20, 2012

MISSION, B.C. – Through the Bible God is trying to reveal only two things: one: "I'm God," and two: "You're not," philosopher Peter Kreeft said here Jan. 28.

The problem, said Kreeft, is that most people, himself included, forget about the second point.

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Companions look to a future without founder

February 20, 2012

OTTAWA – When the Companions of the Cross met for their general assembly Jan. 30-Feb. 3 in Cornwall, Ont., the priests had their first chance to reflect on the impact of last year's death of their founder, Father Bob Bedard.

"The passing of a founder, of a spiritual father in Christ is a watershed for any community in the history of the Church," said Father Scott McCaig, who was re-elected for a second six-year term as the order's leader.

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Catholic colleges offer the gift of a liberal education

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February 20, 2012

It is a great misfortune that once was seen as the cornerstone of a liberal education is now widely perceived as the writings of dead, white, European males. The purpose of reading authors from Homer to Heidegger was not to narrow one's perspective to that of an antiquarian patriarchy. Rather it was to enable the people of today to participate in the great 2,500-year conversation of the Western world's greatest minds over central questions such as the meaning of life, morality, God, science, society and many others.

All are welcome to participate in that conversation no matter their race, creed, country or gender. However, to walk in on a conversation that has been going on for centuries and to pretend that one can make an immediate, creative contribution is, at best, impertinent.

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Cancer treatment an unexpected time of grace

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 20, 2012

As a columnist, I've always harboured a certain paranoia about being overly personal or exhibitionistic in my writing or in thinking that my own emotional ups and downs are of interest to others. I've tried to respect that fear. Occasionally, however, circumstance dictates that I do write something more personal. This is such an occasion.

I want to express my gratitude for all the prayers and support I have received during these past seven months while undergoing treatments for cancer. That desert journey has finally ended and with a good result. A month ago, I finished my last chemotherapy treatment and, two weeks ago, after a battery of medical tests, was pronounced "cancer-free."

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Lent's space prepares us for God's mission

Kathleen Giffin

February 20, 2012
First Sunday in Lent
February 26, 2012

As we approach the season of Lent, I am reminded of my childhood Lenten experiences. I remember the family discussions that resulted in us either deciding or being told what we were going to give up for Lent.

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Theologian razes rapper's viral rant

Fr. Robert Barron

February 20, 2012

Every once in a while, a video unexpectedly becomes an Internet sensation, garnering attention all over the place and spreading like wildfire through the virtual world.

Recently, a phenomenon of this type has emerged in the form of a slickly produced video of a 20-something-year-old man in a leather jacket half rapping, half speaking a poem about Jesus and religion – more specifically how the former came to abolish the latter (Jesus vs religion at

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Communication opens healing paths

Bob McKeon

February 20, 2012

Last March, I spent a week at a retreat centre in Prince George B.C. taking in the second week of Returning to Spirit, a program of face-to-face reconciliation between aboriginal and non-aboriginal peoples.

This program was created in the Northwest Territories by Marc Pizandawatc, an Algonquin from Kitiganzibi First Nation, and Ann Thompson, a Sister of St. Anne from B.C., to assist those living in the legacy of the residential school experience to move towards a personal experience of reconciliation and healing.

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Calgary plays games with city homeless

Bishop Fred Henry

February 20, 2012

This song, same tune as Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush, tells the story of several children on a merry-go-round that - in a sadistic twist - collapses because so many children are riding it. The circle game that accompanies it is similar to the one for Ring Around the Rosie.

"The merry-go-round goes 'round and 'round,
The children laughed and laughed and laughed,
So many were going 'round and 'round,
That the merry-go-round collapsed."

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Queen Elizabeth has given 60 years of faithful service to Canada

Fr. Raymond de Souza

February 20, 2012

In one of those happy liturgical coincidences, Feb. 6 brought the following reading from the First Book of Kings at Mass:

"The elders of Israel and all the leaders of the tribes, the princes in the ancestral houses of the children of Israel, came to King Solomon in Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the Lord's covenant from the City of David, which is Zion.

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