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Great minds, great persons honour life's complexity

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 10, 2012

In a lecture recently, I made the point that Jesus shocked people equally in both his capacity to thoroughly enjoy his life and in his capacity to renounce it and give it up.

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Ambassador for religious freedom to protect sacred right

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December 10, 2012

The Catholic Church holds the right to religious freedom in the highest regard. This right is not just one more among what appears to be an ever-growing list of rights, but rather is the most fundamental of all freedoms. That is because the right to religious liberty is grounded in the nature of the human person as a being radically oriented toward the transcendent. The denial of the right to religious freedom is an assault on the dignity of the person.

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A holy night to remember

December 17, 2012
SHARON ESPESETH
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

As Canadians and northerners, we share many memories of cold winters. At Christmas time, I often reflect upon one particular evening of a prairie winter in the early 1960s. Though the frost was cruel that night, the reminiscence is warm.

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Parents must be engaged in children's education

Paul Van Den Bosch

December 17, 2012
PAUL VAN DEN BOSCH
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

RED DEER – Many Alberta Catholic parents have heard about the passing last month of Bill 3, the new Education Act. But I haven't seen much detail to answer the question: "What does it mean?"

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Catholic education battles secular push in today's society

John Acheson

December 17, 2012
JOHN ACHESON
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

The passage of a new Education Act by the Alberta Legislature affords the opportunity for the Catholic community to give pause and to reflect on the great gift of Catholic education that we have here in Alberta. This is a gift that gives the Catholic communities of Alberta the right to organize and run their own Catholic schools – and this with full funding from the province.

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Pushing the envelope to give of ourselves

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

December 17, 2012

There is a moving story about a family's Christmas tradition that tells of a husband's aversion to receiving presents when so many in the community were in need.

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The deaf a reminder of the power of silence

December 17, 2012
(Following is Archbishop Richard Smith's homily at the Dec. 7 ordination of Father Matthew Hysell.)

This evening it escapes no one that we are the privileged witnesses of an historic moment in the life not only of this archdiocese but also of the Church in Canada. For the first time in our country, a man who is deaf is ordained to the ministerial priesthood.

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Prison chaplains witness the right to religious freedom

Bob McKeon

December 17, 2012

One of the concerns raised in the Last Judgment scene in Matthew's Gospel is whether "when I was in prison you visited me."

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What can I do instead of buying presents?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

December 17, 2012

I'm tired of buying presents at Christmas. Isn't there something else?

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Christmas – a time to bless our gift of life

John Connelly

December 17, 2012
Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 23, 2012

Here we are at the threshold of another Christmas. I am thinking of the lyrics of John Lennon's poignant song of the season, "And so this is Christmas. And what have you done? Another year over and a new one just begun."

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