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Is evangelization a matter of numbers or hearing footsteps?

Fr. Raymond de Souza

June 17, 2013

A year ago I visited the Diocese of Whitehorse, heading north to the Yukon for the first time. Last week, the bishop of Whitehorse – which comprises all of the Yukon and a little of northern British Columbia – returned the visit as it were, preaching the priests' retreat for the Archdiocese of Kingston, here in the Thousand Islands.

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Edmonton targets poverty's root cause

Bob McKeon

June 17, 2013

Several months ago, I was invited to join the steering committee for the Edmonton Poverty Reduction Initiative. This city committee is composed of leaders from different sectors of society including city council, business, front-line social agencies, health, education, labour and different orders of government. I am there as a "faith sector" representative.

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Saint John's Bible portrays the value of beauty and the sacred

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

June 17, 2013

In an article entitled "Art and the Beauty of Faith," Father Raymond de Souza references the writings of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who before he became pope wrote that there were "two compelling 'arguments'" for the Church's faith being true – the first was the lives of the saints and their living "Christian witness"; and the second was the art that [the Church] has nurtured in her midst."

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Pope Francis shows how to respond to God's presence

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June 10, 2013

In but a few days, it will have been three months since Pope Francis was elected to serve as supreme pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church or, as he prefers to be known, the bishop of Rome. Every day, it seems, brings new evidence of the wisdom of the College of Cardinals who, without in any way deprecating the holiness and wisdom of Pope Benedict XVI, chose a very different man to be the public face of Catholicism.

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Hurry, scurry right past what is truly important in life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 10, 2013

Haste is our enemy. It puts us under stress, raises our blood pressure, makes us impatient, renders us more vulnerable to accidents and, most seriously, blinds us to the needs of others. Haste is normally not a virtue, irrespective of the goodness of the thing towards which we are hurrying.

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Jesus' profound love dries our tears of regret

Maria Kozakiewicz

June 10, 2013
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
June 15, 2013

We know the scene, and it is easy to imagine: a wealthy house somewhere in Judea, Jesus, reclining by the dinner table on a low couch, his host, the Pharisee resting similarly beside him or across the table.

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Moral of Great Gatsby still holds true

Fr. Robert Barron

June 10, 2013

The appearance of yet another film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby provides the occasion for reflecting on what many consider the great American novel.

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Respect, courtesy matter in life, at Church

Bishop Fred Henry

June 10, 2013

When I was seminarian, one of our compulsory courses was our half-hour Saturday night etiquette class. After a full week of facing the rigours of philosophical or theological study and reflection, this was a necessary, rather light subject but a hard discipline.

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Time to take action, build a new culture

Joe Gunn

June 10, 2013

Canada's bishops believe that core truths have been spoken on environmental issues by recent popes – but much more has to be done. "What's needed is the reception of what's been said," says Saskatoon's Bishop Don Bolen. "Canadians need to adopt dramatic change in our relationship with the environment."

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Buy with good conscience, not low prices

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June 3, 2013

Movies about philosophers rarely rise above the spoof level of Monty Python's depiction of a soccer game between German and Greek philosophers (won by the Greeks when Archimedes decides to stop pondering and actually kick the ball).

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