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Push for euthanasia not likely to end soon

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October 21, 2013

According to Canada's advocates for assisted suicide and euthanasia the time has come to overturn the law that prohibits those nefarious activities. And if the time has not come this year, then it will come next year, or the year after that or . . .. The push for so-called death with dignity will continue until the law is changed.

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Suicide results from an emotional cancer

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 21, 2013

Sadly, today, there are many deaths by suicide. Very few people have not been deeply affected by the suicide of a loved one. In the United States alone, there are more than 33,000 suicides a year. That averages out to 90 such deaths per day, about three to four every hour.

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Pope Francis exemplifies the humble soul

John Connelly

October 21, 2013
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 27, 2013

All of us have a Pharisee within. It is that part of us that wants to judge others and justify our actions. It is that part that wants to feel superior to others. It is that part which refuses to see the truth of the words of Jesus: "Without me you can do nothing" (John 15.5).

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Ecological crisis is a moral problem

Bob McKeon

October 21, 2013

Ecological issues are very much in the news these days. We read about the latest international report on climate change, debates on proposed bitumen pipelines and oil being shipped across Canada in railway tank cars, and provincial court decisions about the right of environmental groups to be able to attend and speak at public hearings concerning the construction of new oilsands plants.

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Mysticism trumps technology in outer space thriller

Fr. Robert Barron

October 21, 2013

Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity is the most visually arresting movie since Avatar. Its special effects have been quite rightly characterized as revolutionary and groundbreaking. But what is perhaps most surprising about this stunning film is its clear and profound religious import.

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Why did Jesus not tell his parents he was in the Temple?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

October 21, 2013

It is common for teens to be so immersed in what they are doing that they forget to come for supper or home in the evening causing parents to worry. We must remember that Jesus was fully human. Perhaps, Jesus was so absorbed that he forgot the time.

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Look behind the signs for the candidates' real agenda

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October 14, 2013

They're back. To the right. To the left. Behind. In front. Yes, election signs with names we know, names we have never heard of, scatter the landscape, signaling it's civic and school board election time.

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Goodness marches on imperceptibly in hidden places

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 14, 2013

God writes straight with crooked lines. That axiom sounds clever, but is there real truth or depth to it? Can good ever really arise out of evil? Do love, truth, and justice ever work out through hatred, lies and injustice? Do crooked lines really straighten?

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When Jesus returns, he will find faith

Kathleen Giffin

October 14, 2013
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 20, 2013

Most of the funerals held in our parish church are not large gatherings. The church is usually half full with people who want to show their respect to the deceased and their care for the ones who live on.

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Stats are better, but hunger still haunts Canada's poor, elders

Joe Gunn

October 14, 2013

The ever-surprising Pope Francis has been calling for institutional reform in Roman Catholic Church structures and practice. Francis is trying to birth what he calls a missionary Church that reaches out to the poor, youth, elderly and even non-believers. How will we Canadians take up his challenge?

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