Prisoners seek to live out God's call by feeding the hungry

September 12, 2016
SHAYLYN MCMAHON
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

INNISFAIL - Three years ago, when a group of inmates at Bowden Institution were asked by their prison chaplain how they could live out God's call to help those in need, they needed some time to think. It wasn't easy. For the inmates, figuring out how men inside a prison could reach beyond the walls was a challenge. It also required them to change the way they thought about themselves. "Incarcerated men are typically the objects of charity, and not in a position to be purveyors of it," said Rick, an inmate at the institution.

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Benedict retired due to rigours of papal travel

September 12, 2016
JUNNO AROCHO ESTEVES
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Retired Pope Benedict XVI said in an interview that he felt a "duty" to resign from the papacy because of his declining health and the rigorous demands of papal travel. While his heart was set on completing the Year of Faith, the retired pope told Italian journalist Elio Guerriero that after his visit to Mexico and Cuba in March 2012, he felt he was "incapable of fulfilling" the demands of another international trip, with World Youth Day 2013 in Brazil looming on the horizon.

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New K-9 school imbued with spirit of Pope John XXIII

St. John XXIII School
September 12, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Although Mike Kovacs' father had been the director of the food program at Edmonton's St. Joseph's High School, young Mike didn't feel drawn to follow in dad's footsteps. He earned a science degree in university, but was unsure of his next step. "I went into education. Once I taught my first lesson, I loved it. I said, 'OK! I've found my calling.'"

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Pope leads 11,000 pilgrims in praying rosary for quake victims

September 12, 2016
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

After a strong earthquake struck central Italy, Pope Francis turned his weekly general audience Aug. 24 into a prayer service. The pope and some 11,000 pilgrims and tourists recited the sorrowful mysteries of the rosary in St. Peter's Square, hours after the magnitude 6.2 quake struck close to Norcia, the birthplace of St. Benedict and home to a monastery of Benedictine monks. When Pope Francis arrived in St. Peter's Square for his general audience just six hours after the main quake, he set aside his prepared audience talk.

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Priest psychologist offers counsel on handling trauma

September 12, 2016
RHINA GUIDOS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

When tragedy arrives in a city, town or parish, Church members, staff, priests, and religious sisters and brothers can do several things to help, but there are other things they shouldn't do, said Msgr. Stephen Rossetti. "When a disaster hits, you don't want to have to say 'Oh, my gosh, what do I do now?' That feeling of being unprepared, it feeds into that helplessness, that feeling of victimization," Rossetti said. "That's the last thing we want because it makes it worse.

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Caring for the Earth is connected to caring for people

September 12, 2016
RANDOLPH HALUZA-DELAY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

When we think of the "seasons" of the Church calendar, Easter, Lent and Advent come to mind. The Seasons of Creation is an ecumenical initiative co-sponsored by the Vatican and a wide variety of other Christian denominations. It began Sept. 1 – the World Day of Prayer for Care for Creation – and continues until Oct. 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

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Church must challenge Prairie racism by inviting dialogue

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September 12, 2016

Prairie racism has again been brought into full view by the strident reactions of Saskatchewan settlers following the Aug. 9 murder of Colten Boushie, 22, a member of the Red Pheasant Cree Nation south of North Battleford. Explicitly racist comments on social media reflect a situation where First Nations and settlers live side by side but do not truly know each other. Of course, that's not what they think; each "side" believes it knows the other all too well and that the other is up to no good.

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With God, we never exhaust chances for heaven

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi
September 12, 2016

Hell is never a nasty surprise waiting for a basically happy person. Hell can only be the full-flowering of a pride and selfishness that have, over a long time, twisted a heart so thoroughly that it considers happiness as unhappiness and has an arrogant disdain for happy people. If you are essentially warm of heart this side of eternity, you need not fear that a nasty surprise awaits you on the other side because somewhere along the line, unknowingly, you missed the boat and your life went terribly wrong.

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Fidelity in small things leads on to Jesus

John Connelly
September 12, 2016
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 18, 2016

Jesus, in this week's Gospel, says, "Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much." This Scripture should get our attention. It speaks volumes in a world that ignores virtue and actually celebrates vice. It speaks to us of purity of heart, purity of intention, purity of life.

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St Teresa's way can be followed by all

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September 12, 2016

When she was alive, St. Teresa of Kolkata was feted by the rich and powerful. Ordinary Christians were drawn by her unalloyed following of the Gospel to work and pray with her amidst the poorest of the poor. It cannot be said that she redefined Christianity. She simply did what she asked of others - doing small things with great love. For that, she was admired by all but the most churlish observers.

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