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Canada can be safe harbour for many more immigrants

December 7, 2015
CATHERINE MARDON
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

I'm an immigrant. There are lots like me in Edmonton. My mother's and father's families had also been immigrants. My mom's family first came to North America 400 years ago. Later, there were Huguenots fleeing religious persecution, shepherds and farmers in search of their own land, and the youngest sons without inheritance seeking opportunity.

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Gaudium et Spes gave rise to a new era

Bob McKeon
December 7, 2015

Fifty years ago this month, the document Gaudium et Spes (The Church in the Modern World) was approved and promulgated on the last day before the close of Vatican II. After four years of difficult council debates, 97 per cent of the council bishops voted in favour of the final text. It was an historic and unprecedented document. All the other Vatican II documents began as drafts prepared by the Curia prior to the start of the council.

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Old culture of war is being replaced

Douglas Roche
December 7, 2015

I woke up this morning, realizing how close Dec. 25 is, yet unable to concentrate on Christmas. The news is filled every day with the "war on terrorism" and the huge numbers of refugees. I felt like I'm enshrouded in a cloud of fear and I'm gasping for air. Then I thought more deeply about Christmas and realized that Jesus, Mary and Joseph were themselves refugees surrounded by hostilities.

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A contradiction between suicide prevention and assisting suicide

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November 23, 2015

The coroner of Nunavut stated in September that suicide should be declared a health emergency in the northern territory in light of the 45 people who took their own lives in 2014 - a suicide rate 13.5 times the national average. Implicit in the coroner's call is the belief that suicide is a great tragedy. New Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan has called on the Canadian military to make suicide prevention a priority in light of the increasing number of soldiers and veterans - nearly 60, according to a Globe and Mail investigation - who have killed themselves in recent years.

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Our deceased loved ones can be met in Galilee

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi
November 23, 2015

At any given time most of the world believes death isn't final, that some form of immortality exists. Most people believe those who have died still exist in some state, in some modality, in some place, in some heaven or hell, however that might be conceived. In some conceptions, immortality is seen as a state wherein a person is still conscious and relational; in other concepts, existence after death is understood as real but impersonal, like a drop of water that has flowed back into the oceans.

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Trust God is on your side and receive mercy

John Connelly
November 23, 2015
First Sunday in Advent
November 29, 2015

The pope declared an extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy beginning Dec. 8. We need to reflect on the profound reality that no one is beyond the mercy of Jesus. Mercy is available to presidents, prime ministers, rich and poor, old and young, prisoners, drug addicts, the marginalized, everyone.

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Co-op living holds promise for seniors

Lasha Morningstar
November 23, 2015

Brisk. The bite of winter pushes homelessness to the forefront of many people's lives. Flyers appear in the mailbox urging people to upgrade their insulation. My 112-year-old home creaks and groans. Winter wind pokes his fingers through hidden holes and chills feet and paws.

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Abolishing gender an assault on the human person

Bishop Fred Henry
November 23, 2015

In my lifetime, the mainstream liberal culture first championed divorce; divorce was followed by contraception and the proliferation of pornography, contraception by abortion and euthanasia, euthanasia by homosexual conduct, homosexual conduct by the entire abolition of distinctive gender. But all these assaults are really attacks on the primal truth of the book of Genesis, "Male and female he created them" (Genesis 1.27).

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Work through the pain to find Advent's joy

Lydia Cristini
November 23, 2015
Second Sunday in Advent
December 6, 2015

The "one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ." To me, this is hope. And hope is a difficult thing to find these days. If we are paying attention, there is no end to human suffering in the world around us.

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Depression can spur suicide or renewal of life's priorities

Mark Pickup
November 23, 2015

The headline blazed up on my computer screen: "Suicide rates are highest for men in their 50s and we're not sure why." The news story by a CBC reporter quoted Minnesota-based psychologist Dr. Dan Reidenberg who posed an important question: "What is causing the coping skills to fall apart and not work the way they did before?" What indeed? The rate of suicide among this age group of men is increasing.

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