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Nativity scenes with a global perspective opens a child's heart

Fr. Raymond de Souza

December 9, 2013

Kingston, Ont., Catholic Tony Vella had an effective evangelizing idea. How to remind local schoolchildren about the birth of Jesus amidst the commercial clutter of the season? Vella thought that the best way to remind children about Jesus was to show them, well, Jesus.

Joy comes from being in solidarity with the suffering Christ

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December 2, 2013

In Advent, the Church moves through pain to joy. The pain of Advent is the pain of waiting for the Messiah who, when he comes, is expected to take away pain and make everything right. Pain is thus a problem; when the irritant that causes pain is removed, then we experience satisfaction, which we call joy.

Faith and love flow with the ebb and tide of life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 2, 2013

Faith is not something you achieve. If you try to nail it down, it gets up and walks away with the nail. Faith works this way: Some days you walk on water; other days you sink like a stone. You live with a deep secret, the poet Rumi says, that sometimes you know, and then not, and then know again. Sometimes you feel the real presence, and sometimes you feel the real absence. Why?

Christmas is season for public display of Christian faith

Maria Kozakiewicz

December 2, 2013
Second Sunday in Advent
December 9, 2013

It is freezing today. Thick snow covers our backyard, and in the hazy darkness of the morning I can see sparrows flock to the birdfeeder. I have to get up an hour earlier because of the icy roads.

Desecration and change dominate our computer-run world

Lasha Morningstar

December 2, 2013

Change rankles me. It can be the most unusual thing that sets my nights into nightmare drama.

Jesus gave gifts of joy, salvation through his birth

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

December 2, 2013

It is that time of year when we begin to plan, personally and institutionally, for the holidays. This is the time when families gather, but also when workplaces bring their people together to thank them for all they've done. It is a time of remembrance and celebration.

How do I attract an Indian atheist to our joyful God?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

December 2, 2013

Recently, I met a young man from India who has decided not to believe in any God since his country has too many gods, one they pray to for this and another one for that. He loves our country and is glad to have a job, but that's it.

Whisper of mortality lets one hear the meaning of life

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November 25, 2013

The first real intimation of mortality was when my grandparents died. That was in the 1980s. In 2005, Mom died and, four years later, it was Dad. Then, a couple of months ago, quite unexpectedly, it was my younger sister.

We all die still needing to be held by our mother

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 25, 2013

It's hard to say something consoling in the face of death, even when the person who died lived a full life and died in the best of circumstances.

New liturgical year calls for rebirth of hope

Ralph Himsl

November 25, 2013
First Sunday in Advent
December 1, 2013

This Sunday marks the start of the new liturgical year and the season of Advent, that time of expectancy and meditation on the coming celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord – a season in which that virtue of hope receives its sublime nourishment, in that respect a season much like that of Easter. Both of them times of serenity and contemplation.

 
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