Mary's blessings descend on Skaro

August 29, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Ominous-looking clouds gathered in the direction of the Skaro Pilgrimage site as my wife Nora and I headed out from Edmonton for the annual Marian pilgrimage late in the afternoon of Aug. 14. A couple of showers rained down as we approached the site. However, at Skaro itself, all was dry . . . and stayed dry throughout the evening of prayer and liturgy as the usual crowd of several thousand came to celebrate the vigil of the feast of Mary's Assumption.

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Cursillo weekend sparked experience of Christ's presence

Rodney Kroetch
August 29, 2016
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Raised on a farm near Killam in a devout Catholic family, Rodney Kroetch's own faith was strong enough for him to enter the seminary. However, it was only when he took part in a Cursillo weekend when he was 42 that Kroetch said he experienced the presence of Jesus. As a youngster, Kroetch loved life on the farm and working side by side with his father. But as he neared the end of high school, people began asking him, "What are your plans after graduation?"

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Abele gave of himself to the local Church

Elmar Abele
August 29, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When Elmar Abele became the first general manager of the Western Catholic Reporter in 1972, the newspaper was awash in red ink, had 14 staff and a circulation of 18,000. With support from Archbishop Anthony Jordan and later Archbishop Joseph MacNeil, Abele set out to put the WCR on a sound financial footing. He explored circulation plans adopted by Catholic papers in the United States and eventually recommended one similar to that of The Voice, the newspaper of the Diocese of Oakland, Calif.

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Mother Teresa: Kolkata's saint of the slums

August 29, 2016
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

A favourite motto of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata was: "Do small things with great love." But the "small things" she did so captivated the world that she was showered with honorary degrees and other awards, almost universally praised by the media and sought out by popes, presidents, philanthropists and other figures of wealth and influence. Despite calls on her time from all over the globe, Mother Teresa always returned to India to be with those she loved most - the lonely, abandoned, homeless, disease-ravaged, dying, "poorest of the poor" in Kolkata's streets.

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Bishops emphasize Confession in Year of Mercy

August 29, 2016
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Forgiveness is not something we can give ourselves, but requires the mediation of the Church, Canada's bishops say in a new statement on the sacrament of Reconciliation. Simply asking God for forgiveness "in one's own mind and heart" is not enough, because "Jesus himself entrusted to the Church the ministry of the forgiveness of sins," says the text, The Beauty of Mercy: Pope Francis and Confession.

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Sisters' farm offers visitors opportunity to care for the earth

August 29, 2016
CORI FUGRE URBAN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

At Mercy Farm in Benson, Vt., Mercy sisters are creating a place where people can experience peace and quiet and an opportunity to care for the earth. Here the importance of the earth is emphasized and visitors are encouraged to find ways they can care for it: organic gardening, recycling, composting, using solar power and reusing, for example. As well, visitors can experience God in creation. One college student returned to her Catholic faith after visiting the farm.

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Let the Olympic flame burn away darkness of corruption

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August 29, 2016

What should be said about the Olympics? They are the world's greatest sports spectacle. Nothing else comes close. Inspired athletic performances, both victorious and heart-breaking, are around every corner. Canadians, for example, were exhilarated over Penny Oleksiak's stunning performances in the pool. Yet, a blind eye should not be turned to the never-ending trail of doping scandals, endemic bribery in the host selection process and monumental waste of money by hosting countries that build fabulous facilities, some of which will rarely be used once the Games are over.

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Image of good death ignores life's uncertain bounces

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi
August 29, 2016

In the Roman Catholic culture in which I grew up, we were taught to pray for a happy death. For many Catholics at the time, this was a standard petition in their daily prayer: "I pray for a happy death." But how can one die happy? Isn't the death process itself excruciating? What about the pain involved in dying, in letting go of this life, in saying our last goodbyes? Can one die happy? But the vision here, of course, was religious. A happy death meant that one died in good moral and religious circumstances.

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Remember the shortness of our lives

Brett Fawcett
August 29, 2016
Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 4, 2016

Today's readings hit me in a very personal way. One week before writing this column, my wife and I lost our baby. So many thoughts assail you at a time like this - why did God allow this? Why was her precious life so short The fact of the matter is that all lives are short, but we often trick ourselves into forgetting this. Today's psalm cries out to God, "Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart." Remembering the shortness of our lives, like the fear of the Lord, is the beginning of wisdom.

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Does Eucharist prevent suicide?

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August 29, 2016

For more than a century, it's been known that religious practice leads to better mental health. However, a recent 15-year study of the link between suicide and church attendance among women in the United States came up with an astonishing finding: Although the overall suicide rate among American women between 45 and 64 jumped 80 per cent between 1999 and 2014, not a single Catholic woman of the 6,999 in the study group who attend daily Mass committed suicide. The suicide rate of self-identified Catholic women in general is no different than the national average, said the study of nearly 90,000 women conducted between 1996 and 2010 and published recently by JAMA Psychiatry.

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