Tragically Hip give a lesson on how to say 'thank you'

Lasha Morningstar
September 12, 2016

The Tragically Hip last month finished their Canada Man Machine Poem cross-country tour much to the bittersweet delight of their passionate fans. It is bitter because frontman Gord Downie is battling brain cancer which his doctors say is terminal. The Hip's emotion-packed performances in Canadian cities allowed us to say thank you to them, and they sang and strummed out their thank you to us.

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Let God guide you in conquering idolatry

Lydia Cristini
September 12, 2016
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 25, 2016

Sunday's readings offer a difficult message. Through the prophet Amos, God admonishes the people for their wealth, ease and complacency. Then, Paul says to "keep the commandment without stain or reproach." Finally, Jesus lays it all out with the parable of the rich man and Lazarus: the rich man is tormented after death for not heeding God and the prophets by not helping the impoverished and diseased Lazarus suffering at his door.

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Avoid simplistic assertions on 'gender theory'

WCR Logo
September 12, 2016

In their eagerness to combat ideologies that would obliterate all differences between men and women, Church spokespersons need to avoid facile references to "God's plan" as if everyone knows what that is. Indeed, when discussing issues of gender, such unexplained references are likely to reinforce the ideology of patriarchy. Scripture contains solid ground for asserting that patriarchy is not God's plan, as in Galatians 3.28: "There is no longer male or female, for all of you are one in Christ Jesus."

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Forgiveness essential to living in peace

Mark Pickup
September 12, 2016

An unforgiving spirit is corrosive to the soul. It can affect our relationships with others and how others relate to us. An unforgiving spirit darkens how we see the world and can even distort perceptions of reality. But most damaging of all, an unforgiving spirit affects human relationships with God. When Jesus gave us his model prayer, he included the phrase "And forgive us our debts as we have also forgiven our debtors."

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Angus' book details tale of broken treaties and broken dreams

Joe Gunn
September 12, 2016

It was a truly impressive event on Parliament Hill - with barely a politician in sight. Young James Bay Cree students spoke on why they wanted a safe school for themselves, their sisters and brothers, and other northern Ontario communities. With them were some Ottawa-area grade school students, with their teachers and parents, happy to lend their support.

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The air we breathe passes from one age to the next

Dr. Gerry Turcotte
September 12, 2016

Famed astronomer, the late Harlow Shapley, once ruminated on a remarkable notion. He explained that some components of our air, and especially the argon atoms that comprise one per cent of our atmosphere, recirculate indefinitely. Unlike ozone gases, these components of the air that we breathe never really disappear. They pass through the body virtually untouched and then re-enter the atmosphere.

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Jesus sends out 70 disciples empowered by the spirit

September 12, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Jesus' disciples really did not get it. After three years of walking with him and having become witnesses to the resurrection, they asked him, "Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?" (Acts 1.6). Jesus turns the tables on them when he responds, "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth" (1.8). Then, he ascended into heaven, a cloud hiding him from their view.

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Francis bemoans effects of overly secularized culture

August 29, 2016
JUNNO AROCHO ESTEVES
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope Francis warned Poland's Catholic bishops that an increasingly secularized and de-Christianized culture leaves people orphaned, being vaguely spiritual without Christ or his Church. Speaking July 27 with the 117-member bishops' conference in the Krakow cathedral, the pope also said that behind the exploitation of people and creation "ideological colonization" is at work.

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Our Lady of Victory Camp brings faith of youth to life

August 29, 2016
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Our Lady of Victory Camp offers campers and counsellors alike a week-long infusion of faith. The program at the camp on the west side of Gull Lake is based on youth catechism with daily Mass, Reconciliation, Eucharistic Adoration and the rosary. That's a full load of Catholicism, especially compared with secular summer camps that emphasize horseback riding, sports and swimming.

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After-school Satan clubs turn up the heat in U.S.

August 29, 2016
CAROL ZIMMERMANN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON - Parents, schools and school districts in the United States are paying closer attention to after-school activities since a group called the Satanic Temple announced its plans to introduce after-school Satan clubs at some public elementary schools this year. Yet the Satan clubs' planned activities - focusing on reason and science, according to the website - also are not nearly as eerie as the group's name implies.

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