Petition opposes modern agriculture

December 15, 2014

After Sunday Mass we were reminded to sign the petition at the back of the church concerning farmers saving seed. As a farmer, this caught my interest, and I went looking for more information. The petition stems from the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace. The information on the website to support its position is misleading and contains incorrect statements, I suspect for the purpose of furthering an agenda which opposes modern agriculture.

Christmas gifts should be for those in need

December 15, 2014

No gifts for me at Christmas. It's not my birthday or anyone else's we are celebrating. It's Jesus' birthday. How can we give a gift to Jesus? See Matthew 25.31-46. "As long as you did it for one of these, the least of my brethren, you did it for me" and "as you did not do it for one of these least ones, you did not do it for me; and these will go into everlasting punishment, but the just into everlasting life." No Bible? It would make a good birthday present for your children and grandchildren.

Body on crucifixes is that of Jesus

December 15, 2014

After reading Janet MacLellan's letter to the editor, "Reader wants crucifix to state Christ's kingship" (WCR, Dec. 1), I would like to applaud her and make the following comments. At the time of Jesus Christ's ministry on earth, it was a fact that criminals were crucified just as Christ was crucified, one of them being the good thief.

Pope Francis is courageous defender of life

December 1, 2014

Pope Francis got a lot of flak when he said, "We cannot talk about the abortion issue all the time." Some people were aghast, mistakenly interpreting the pope's statement as not caring enough about abortion. Pope Francis' words and actions show that he is pro-life in the widest sense of the term. His caring is not limited to unborn babies, but to all children already born and to all living human beings of all ages.

Reader wants crucifix to state Christ's kingship

December 1, 2014

It is wonderful to see the crucifix from St. Joseph's Basilica on the front of the November Living with Christ. But every time I see the missalette, I wonder why the INRI was not put on this cross. In John 19.21-22, "The chief priest of the Jews then said to Pilate, do not write the king of the Jews but this man said, 'I am the king of the Jews.' Pilate answered, 'What I have written, I have written.'"

L'Arche offers lifein the heart of God

November 3, 2014

I would like to thank Glen Argan for the article entitled "Church should cherish hidden life of Nazareth" (WCR, Sept. 22). As a stay-at-home mom with three young children, I do agree that it can at times feel lonely and unsatisfying leading a "hidden," ordinary life, dedicated to the largely thankless task of raising a family.

Media bias is different than what writer said

November 3, 2014

This is a response to Celia Paz's letter in the Oct. 6 WCR. We tend to agree that mainstream media and social media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict tends to be biased and constrained. However, we are not sure what coverage Paz is referring to because the mainstream media we hear and read commonly portray Israel as an aggressor.

Climate crisis calls for moral response

October 20, 2014

I am grateful the Vatican recently urged ethical action in response to climate change during a presentation at the United Nations ("Nations share responsibility for climate change," WCR, Oct. 6). "There is a moral imperative to act" because climate change "affects everyone, in particular the poorest among us," said Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

School district touched by love for Fr. Catfish

October 20, 2014

It has been a difficult week for the Edmonton Catholic School District with the passing of our beloved district chaplain, Father Michael Mireau. His battle with cancer took him on a challenging journey that he shared openly with us in order that we might grow in our knowledge of how faith can carry us through adversity and pain; in the end bringing us all comfort and solace.

Pope Francis can help to bring Mideast peace

October 6, 2014

I'm not a political activist, but the things that I have read about the news in Gaza has made me think more. Mainstream media coverage of the Israel-Palestinian conflict tends to be biased and constrained. Even some Jews complain that they cannot criticize Israel's policy on Palestine without being branded anti-Semitic or as Jews without the backbone to defend Israel.