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Seismic shift begins in College of Cardinals

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February 3, 2014

Every pope puts his personal stamp on the College of Cardinals. Pope Francis has done that more than most with his first appointments announced Jan. 12. In two ways, the appointments were traditional. The pope named the usual coterie of cardinals from both Italy and the Vatican Curia. Some had suspected that he might move significantly away from those two longstanding sources of cardinals, especially in terms of drawing a line between the Curia and the College of Cardinals.

Knowing one's own light is linked with knowing God

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 3, 2014

Given the speed and change in our world today, the oceans of information given us by the new technologies, the speed with which knowledge passes through our lives, the increasing specialization in higher education, and the ever-increasing complexity of our lives, you occasionally hear someone say, usually after offering an opinion on something: But what do I know anyway?

Salt of the earth should never lose its taste

Maria Kozakiewicz

February 3, 2014
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 9, 2014

Salt is a peculiar type of seasoning. It is invisible when dissolved yet essential for taste. We miss it even if we cannot see it.

The Trinity and society

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February 3, 2014

In today's Western society where the plurality of religions is a reality one encounters in daily life, knowledge of the different understandings of God found in those religions is an urgent task.

Take action now to save the valued, glorious honeybee

Lasha Morningstar

February 3, 2014

Growling snow blowers. Squealing grader blades. Screaming tires trying to rock and roll their way out of ice ruts. Blasting horns as some poor sod slides over an ice patch. Snarling wind.

Living the choice for life can be difficult

Kathleen Giffin

February 3, 2014
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 16, 2014

"Life is difficult." So begins Scott Peck's classic, The Road Less Travelled. Not only is it difficult, it's also complicated, textured with so many ways of seeing, so many ways of living, so many meanings, opportunities, distractions and choices.

Get down and dirty with Pope Francis

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February 3, 2014

In his recent exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis wrote, "I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security" (49).

Christ reveals his body and the image of God to our senses

Mark Pickup

February 3, 2014

At the conclusion of his brilliant essay, The Weight of Glory, C.S. Lewis wrote, "Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbour is the holiest object presented to your senses."

Red-faced editor provides first-week's main glitch

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February 3, 2014

We knew there would be glitches of one sort or another when the WCR upgraded its circulation software from a basic Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to a dedicated program with lots of bells and whistles. I just didn't realize that the editor himself would be the main glitch.

Roll up your sleeve and maybe save someone's life

Gordon Self

February 3, 2014

The new Health Ethics Guide devotes an entire chapter to the "social nature of care." This theme has particular meaning as we approach the 22nd annual World Day of the Sick on Feb. 11.

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