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Campaign offers chance for euthanasia debate

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August 17, 2015

Many issues are being debated in the current federal election campaign; absent from the list is how elected officials should respond to the Supreme Court decision overturning Canada's laws against euthanasia and assisted suicide. Such lack of attention is both bizarre and reprehensible.

Digging out roots of family tree uncovers unexpected treasure

Lasha Morningstar

August 17, 2015

Doctors scratched their heads in bewilderment as they tried to puzzle out why a young female relative kept dashing to the biffy. The woman scanned the relatives she knew in search of any genetic history that would let the medics understand what was happening to her. Nothing. Then she mentioned it to me. A lightbulb moment happened to me days later.

Catholics, Church urged to respond to TRC's call to action

Bob McKeon

August 17, 2015

Early this past June, I found I was in Ottawa at the same time as the concluding events of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Since I had been involved with the Alberta National TRC event held in Edmonton a year earlier, I took advantage of the opportunity to attend this historic event. A special Catholic liturgy was held the previous Saturday at St. Joseph's Church, the historic Oblate parish in Ottawa.

Humanity should show kindly stewardship of animals, plants

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July 27, 2015

The traditional Catholic view is that human beings are the only creature God willed for its own sake as they were created in God's image and likeness. This puts animals and plants on a lower plane of being, a view reflected in the Catechism of the Catholic Church's statement, "Animals, like plants and inanimate beings, are by nature destined for the common good of past, present and future humanity" (n. 2415).

Wild love meets humanity and divinity

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 27, 2015

The renowned spiritual writer, Henri Nouwen, made no secret about the fact that he was emotionally over-sensitive and that he suffered, sometimes to the point of clinical depression, from emotional obsessions. At times, he, a vowed celibate, was so overpowered by the feeling of being in love with someone who was hopelessly unavailable that he became psychologically paralyzed and needed professional help.

Bread plays many roles in the biblical story

Maria Kozakiewicz

July 27, 2015
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 2, 2015

This Sunday's readings are all about bread. In our day, bread is maligned as a dangerous source of deadly carbs. But for at least 10,000 years, bread, as opposed to meat, was the food of civilized humans. Bread was the staple food of humanity and thus became a powerful symbol of goodness, plenty and also of home.

Mary's assumption witnesses to our hope in eternal life

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July 27, 2015

Every year at the first hint of the waning of summer, the Church celebrates the feast of Mary's assumption into heaven. I have heard cynics refer to it as "the blessed assumption" – a tenuous belief that Mary was taken bodily into heaven when there is no direct scriptural support for such a belief. The Assumption, however, is one of the Church's oldest feasts, the celebration of which is attested to as far back as the fourth century.

Trust is crucial in world overflowing with broken promises

Lasha Morningstar

July 27, 2015

His sky-blue eyes twinkled. Chuckles rumbled up from his generous tummy. "Oh come now, Lasha," said the kind-hearted rabbi. "Surely you would forgive a man for one little mistake?" I was taking a Mishna class – the study of Jewish law – and the topic of unfaithfulness in marriage came up. All in the class said yes they would forgive their partner if they strayed.

Only Jesus' presence heals our brokenness

John Connelly

July 27, 2015
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 9, 2015

In this week's Gospel Jesus says, "I am the bread that came down from heaven." The simple truth is that all of us need this heavenly bread. We are hungry. We are broken. We are needy. Just think of all the ways we try to deny and hide this great hunger in our souls. Alcohol and drugs. Saturating our life in media. Distractions and entertainment of all kinds.

Faith groups can increase refugee support

Joe Gunn

July 27, 2015

In human history, the world has never seen anything like it. In June, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees reported "a staggering crisis." The number of people forcibly displaced at the end of 2014 as a result of war, conflict and persecution had risen to 59.5 million, compared with 51.2 million a year earlier and 37.5 million a decade ago.

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