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Simplicity clears the path to forgiveness

Kathleen Giffin

October 26, 2015
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 8, 2015

Richard Rohr tells the story of meeting a group of women in a refugee camp in Guatemala in the early 1980's. They had been displaced from their homes in El Salvador as a result of the civil war, and all had lost family members, mostly husbands and sons. He recounted their weekly practice of walking and praying the Stations of the Cross that they had created in the camp.

Synod of the Family debates priorities of North and South

Fr. Raymond de Souza

October 26, 2015

Canadians had a rather prominent role in the first week of the Synod on the Family. Two of the language-based discussion groups elected Canadians as their moderators - Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto for one of the English groups, and Cardinal Gerald Lacroix for one of the French. More notable, the Canadian delegation reflected one of the key global dynamics evident at the synod.

The Eucharist offers us eternal salvation

Mark Pickup

October 26, 2015

During the Great Depression my grandfather was, among other things, a travelling Presbyterian preacher throughout southern Alberta. I have stacks of his meticulous sermon notes, some handwritten on cardboard, most typed with his ancient Corona typewriter on scraps of paper yellowed with age now after so many decades. I got a hint of the poverty of the 1930s by noticing he had to make his own binder out of a discarded advertising board for Hersey chocolate. (He made do with materials he could find.)

New government must target climate change

Joe Gunn

October 26, 2015

I'm told a trip to Paris should be a treat in anyone's life. But only six weeks after the federal election, our newly-elected Prime Minister will face his first foreign-policy challenge there. Will he make Canadians proud? COP 21, the United Nations conference on climate change, starts in the French capital on the last day of November. The nations of the world will attempt to agree to targets for greenhouse gas emissions reductions that will prevent global temperatures from rising over 2? Celsius.

Church signs can elicit giggles, guffaws

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

October 26, 2015

The feedback I received in response to a column about Church bulletins prompted me to consider that other powerful medium that parishes everywhere use to communicate with their communities - Church signs. We are all familiar with the unintentional messages that a hastily worded sign can send: 'Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.' Or the possibly intentional misspelling in this one: 'God's will is perfect; people make misteaks'.

Pope Francis met with Congress, convicts - wise ones listened

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October 12, 2015

Twitter chatter and main stream secular media dubbed him the Rock Star Pope. Indeed, Pope Francis took the media,the U.S. Congress, New York and Phildelphia by storm. Crowds, hungry for spiritual nourishment, roared with delight calling out "Viva Papa" as he passed by in a motorcade, fell pin-drop silent in a million plus open air Mass.

Care of one's soul means balancing its fire and glue

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 12, 2015

Jesus taught this and, I suspect, we generally don't grasp the full range of it meaning. We tend to take Jesus' words to mean the following: What good is it if someone gains riches, fame, pleasure, and glory and then dies and goes to hell? What good is earthly glory or pleasure if we miss out on eternal life? Well, Jesus' teaching does mean that, no question. But there are other lessons in this teaching that have important things to instruct us about health and happiness already here in this life.

Tiny crucifix restores faith, soul

Maria Kozakiewicz

October 12, 2015
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 18, 2015

I have a little crucifix on the wall above my desk. Nothing much, some 15 cm high and made of plastic. I found it on a top shelf at a Goodwill store, where odd figurines, strangely shaped cups and plaster Christmas trees await an interested eye. The crucifix was almost invisible, as it lay flat between a large, colourful merry-go-round and a statuette of a wizard holding a glass bowl.

Unresolved grief can lead to an actual broken heart (attack)

Lasha Morningstar

October 12, 2015

Grief is a tsunami of emotions. Loss abounds throughout life. Loss of friends, family, marriage, work, community, belief systems. On it goes. One of the major challenges is that, too often, we do not realize we are grieving. Easy to do. Society roars along as it deals with rampant change. Stopping, or even allowing time to take the side road to work through grief, is forbidden in today's society.

Pope Francis honours 'radical' Catholics in U.S. Congress

Douglas Roche

October 12, 2015

Of all the sights and sounds that filled the air during Pope Francis's inspiring visit to Washington, New York and Philadelphia, I was most moved by his surprising references to Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton. Of course, I was deeply honoured to have the privilege of meeting Pope Francis myself, but it was his praise of two persons who combated establishment thinking of the time to work for peace that really lifted me up.

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