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Mary's accessibility always brings comfort

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

August 31,2015

The first prayer I ever learned as a child was the Hail Mary. To this day I experience a sense of comfort and sacredness from those opening lines: "Hail Mary full of grace. The Lord is with thee. "I remember a feeling of awe when, as I backpacked through Turkey as a young man, I came across Meryem ana, the House of Mary, arguably the last place she lived before her death. This is where the Apostle John is said to have taken her after Christ's instructions, from the cross, to care for his mother.

Walking the Gospel's talk takes deep faith

Maria Kozakiewicz

August 30, 2015
Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 13, 2015

One advantage of prolonged foreign travel is that you meet many new people. They sit by you as you wait for your plane. They ask to share your table in a crowded restaurant. They share the same bench in the park. And they talk. They tell you their life's stories, share with you their joys and sufferings. Should you, God forbid, end up in a hospital, you hear stories so personal that you might even be a bit shocked. In southern Europe, Italy included, people are far less reticent than in Canada. The same applies to my native Poland.

Beware the pusher! He has no conscience

Lasha Morningstar

August 31, 2015

No matter how many times I read it, the words stayed the same. "The music was good. The band really rocked. "Thankfully, part of my brain was still unpolluted, and I knew something was dreadfully wrong. The time was years ago. I was an entertainment writer working in another city. The concert I was assigned to review was fabulous. But there I sat, an hour after the band's final set, too stunned to write.

Thinking, acting, praying after pope delivers Laudato Si'

Joe Gunn

August 31,2015

How Pope Francis' memorable encyclical, released in mid-June, will be accepted among the Canadian faithful depends on how the Church responds to calls for change in our thoughts, actions and prayer. Evoking the example of Francis of Assisi, the pope stresses an "integral ecology" as that which "takes us to the heart of what it is to be human" (11). He defines our modern malaise as human beings having lost our "true place in this world" (115).

Abortion drug approval further entrenches culture of death

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August 17, 2015

The federal government's July 29 announcement of approval of the RU-486 mifepristone abortion drug was clearly timed to minimize controversy. A decision on the drug was expected in the fall, but came instead in the dead of summer when people's attention is riveted by sandflies and sunny skies. News is of no interest. Any interest stirred by the announcement was quickly diverted by the calling of a federal election.

Tell it like it is when writing a suicide obituary

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

August 17, 2015

The more things change, the more they stay the same. That axiom still holds true surrounding our understanding of suicide. Despite all the advances in our understanding, there remain a number of stigmas around suicide, one of which pertains to how we write the obituary of a loved one who dies in this way. In writing an obituary, we still cannot bring ourselves to write the word suicide: He died by his own hand.

Many 'gods' tempt us in today's world

Lydia Cristini

August 17, 2015
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 23, 2015

"Decide today whom you will serve." Joshua sure doesn't mince words. So, whom do I serve? In one of my classes at St. Joe's College, I remember learning a useful Martin Luther quotation: "That to which your heart clings is your god." It is just another way of saying what Jesus said when he told us we cannot serve both God and money.

Minimum wage hike is a moral issue

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August 17, 2015

Perhaps the most controversial policy of Alberta's new NDP government is its plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018. Despite the headwinds of opposition, the Notley government should forge ahead and just do it. Paying a living wage is basic morality. The argument against a sharp increase in the minimum wage is that jobs will be lost, mainly in small businesses tempted to try to do the same work with fewer staff.

Pope Francis answers the world's hunger for hope and action

Douglas Roche

August 17, 2015

Pope Francis' trip to the United States in September, including speeches to the U.S. Congress and the UN General Assembly, will certainly put a spotlight on how the leader of the Catholic Church sees the solution to global problems challenging human security in the world today. The pope is not coming into these political bear pits to offer only spiritual consolation.

Keep the poor ever in your heart and actions

Kathleen Giffin

August 17, 2015
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 30, 2015

I recently heard of a practice that has purportedly risen in Naples in response to the poor in their midst. People will buy a coffee or sandwich in the shops and pay for an extra one "pending." The people on the street know they can go to certain shops and ask if there are any coffees or lunches pending. If someone has paid ahead for one, they get what they need. It is a lovely idea.

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