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Jesus gathers his dead into safer and gentle hands

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 27, 2013

One of my jobs as a priest is to preside and preach at funerals. Never an easy task.

Awaken the sleeping giant of faith within

John Connelly

May 27, 2013
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June 2, 2013

Imagine a sleeping giant suddenly beginning to awaken. A massive giant with great power and wisdom. A giant so large that its body literally covers the entire world.

Angel cradles affirm worth of every person

Gordon Self

May 27, 2013

Earlier this month, Covenant Health opened two newborn safe havens in Edmonton at the Misericordia and Grey Nuns Community Hospitals. They are the first newborn safe havens in Alberta, intended to augment the existing safety net and to help prevent unsafe abandonment that threatens the life, dignity and respect owed to vulnerable newborns.

Modern skepticism about reason leads to a dead end

Fr. Robert Barron

May 27, 2013

Classical philosophy and science sought to understand things in terms of Aristotle's four causes: material (what something is made of), formal (a thing's essential structure), efficient (how it got the way it is) and final (its purpose or destiny).

God allows suffering to enable us to share in his redemptive love

Mark Pickup

May 27, 2013

Pope John Paul II once said that the answer to the "why" of suffering depends on the ability to comprehend the sublimity of divine love. Unfortunately for most of us, it is beyond our ability to comprehend the wonder and perfection of God's love. Left to my own means, I could not comprehend it; the "why" of suffering would remain unanswered.

Was apostolic succession broken in Western Schism?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

May 27, 2013

The Catholic Church maintains it has the line of apostolic succession but some Protestants believe that line was broken during the Middle Ages when there was confusion as to who the real pope was. How do we still justify apostolic succession in view of Church history?

Priest's sins were whitewashed in the name of mercy

Fr. Raymond de Souza

May 27, 2013

It was just a year ago that the latest media priest crashed and burned. Father Thomas Williams, a priest of the Legionaries of Christ and a well-known writer and television commentator, acknowledged in May 2012 that he had fathered a son many years ago. He took a leave of his public ministry.

Despite commercialism, Mother's Day retains its relevance, magic

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

May 27, 2013

Another Mother's Day has come and gone, and it is with quiet marvel that I look back on the occasion. Certainly, like so much else in western culture – from Christmas to Easter to Valentine's Day – the event has been commercialized until you feel not another drop can be wrung out of it. Sales, gifts and wrapping paper.

Ordinary Time calls us to ponder mysteries found in daily life

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May 20, 2013

Our human desire is to project an aura of confidence, of success, of being in control. We want to know it all and to have others believe we know it all.

Celibacy's dance can be dangerous or wonderfully fruitful

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 20, 2013

Recently an op-ed piece appeared in the New York Times by Frank Bruni, entitled, "The Wages of Celibacy." The column, while provocative, is fair. Mostly he asks a lot of hard, necessary questions.