Pope Francis: Open hearts will lead the brokenhearted to fullness of life

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May 16, 2016

Right from the word "go," Pope Francis has stirred a variety of emotions among both the faithful and the wider society. When he asked the crowd assembled in St. Peter's Square to bless him on the night he was elected pope, we had every reason to believe we were in for something different. So it is with his long-awaited exhortation on marriage and family life, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love). Many are parsing the supposed key sentences in the document to determine whether the pope changed or watered down Church teaching on the indissolubility of marriage.

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Gardening is my secret for turning winter into spring

Lasha Morningstar
May 16, 2016

Springtime and the living is busy. Of course, the usual dusty duties demand to be dealt with. The secret to keeping this season of rebirth joyful is to turn winter-weary eyes to the garden. That place of growth can be anything from the front flower and vegetable beds to a plot of land borrowed from a friend or a neighbour's flower pot on the window sill. Flowers and herbs are beautiful. They fragrantly nourish the soul with their beauty and, in the case of herbs and some flowers, their taste.

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Live in God's kingdom by trusting Jesus

John Connelly
May 16, 2016
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May 29, 2016

I have been thinking lately about what it means to be powerless. If a car is powerless, it cannot move. If the power goes out in my house, I cannot use my appliances. We don't like the idea of not having any power. Money gives us personal power. Our media devices give us power. But Jesus says something amazing in the Gospel of John: "Without me, you can do nothing" (15.5). We should let that soak into the core of our being.

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Berrigan was force for changing Church, society

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May 16, 2016

Jesuit Father Daniel Berrigan was a radical to the core. Today, it is harder to see that since the cause for which he was most noted - an end to war - has become the Church's cause. That, however, was not always the case, and it certainly was not the case during the Vietnam War. Few U.S. bishops denounced the war, the Knights of Columbus heartily endorsed it and the air was full of the misplaced patriotism of "My country, right or wrong."

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Mentally ill will be the first victims of new assisted suicide law

Austin Mardon
May 16, 2016

We lost another friend this week. I first met him in 1994. I suppose when you get over 50 those things start happening, especially for your friends. I have schizophrenia. Lots of our friends have serious mental illnesses. Unfortunately, that also means they have a shorter life expectancy, as much as 25 years less than the general population. Some of this is because of the medication. Some of this is because of the higher rate of smoking among the mentally ill.

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Time to get on Board with pope's encyclical

Joe Gunn
May 16, 2016

Pope Francis repositioned the entire global debate around climate change when he released the first-ever encyclical on Christian responsibility to protect the environment. Laudato Sí was timely, morally incisive and prophetic. Now, almost one year later, we have an historic opportunity to direct the way Canada will address climate change. Will faith communities show up - in timely, incisive and prophetic ways - or leave the moral and ethical issues surrounding climate change up in the clouds?

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Dark new chapter in Canadian history begins in June

Mark Pickup
May 16, 2016

In early June, Canada will enter a new dark chapter in its history: Legalized medical killing by euthanasia and assisted suicide. As the law is being prepared for passage, I was invited to give input to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. (The assisted suicide bill is euphemistically labelled "medical assistance in dying.") I wish with all my heart things had not come to this point where medical killing is being legalized for suicidal sick and disabled people whose deaths are, as the bill states, "reasonably foreseeable" (whatever that means).

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Let God judge when my life shall end

May 16, 2016

Who can judge my quality of life? Here I am; aging, relatively healthy but having faced the fragility of my life through illness. What is to become of me if the lines of communication with society are severed? Who has a right to judge? If I lose my sight, hearing and ability to speak, I am still me. If I then lose my ability to taste, smell and feel, I am still me. I am still here.

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Reference to Ukrainian Church was incorrect

May 16, 2016

I refer to the article "Ukrainian men's choir exudes paschal joy" (WCR, April 4). The third paragraph refers to the "Ukrainian Eastern Orthodox Church." This is misleading in two respects.

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MPs should reject assisted suicide bill

May 16, 2016

Members of Parliament should vote against Bill C-14. Clearly, this bill is morally wrong. As well, similar euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide legislation enacted in other countries has proven over time to decrease an individual's end-of-life choices and to give doctors more autonomy in these matters.

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