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An open letter to you, the one who does not go to church

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 5, 2012

Dear Fellow Pilgrim:

I greet you as someone who is looking for meaning and happiness, as we all are. I know you're sincere or you wouldn't be reading this letter.

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A widow's mite buys her a place in heaven

Maria Kozakiewicz

November 5, 2012
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 11, 2012

Whenever I hear or read the story of "the widow's mite," I am amazed. That woman, destitute as she was, did not lose her ability to choose wisely and in a radical way.

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Liturgy constitution grew out of Pope Pius' encyclical

 

November 5, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy was the first document approved at the Second Vatican Council. Unlike the council's other major documents, it sailed through the approval process fairly readily, although a tiny but vocal minority at first raised strenuous objections.

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Self-indulgent sexuality misses out on love

Fr. Robert Barron

November 5, 2012

Many of the Catholic Church's teachings are vilified in both the high and popular cultures, but none more than its doctrines concerning marriage and sexuality. Time and again, the Church's views on sex are characterized as puritanical, life denying and hopelessly outdated – holdovers from the Bronze Age.

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On faith's journey all can challenge darkness with light

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October 29, 2012

To some, it might seem odd that Pope Benedict has inaugurated a Year of Faith, a "year" that began Oct. 11 and will end Nov. 24, 2013, the feast of Christ the King. "Why would one need a year of faith?" one might ask. "Either you have faith or you don't."

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Those who persevere in doing good will reap a harvest

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 29, 2012

There is a Norwegian proverb that reads: Heroism consists of hanging on one minute longer. When I was a child in elementary school one of the stories assigned to us in our textbook for literature had that title and it told the story of a young boy who had fallen through the ice while skating and was left clinging, cold and alone, to the edge of the ice with no help in sight.

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Oh, to see we Christians as others see us

Ralph Himsl

October 29, 2012
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 4, 2011

Our parish has a longstanding refugee committee on which I have served. The expulsion of those who became known as "boat people" from Vietnam in 1979-80 stirred parishioners to offer help. "Form a committee," they said.

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Lively debate on liturgy ends with near-unanimity

 

October 29, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Patriarch Maximos Saigh, head of the Melkite rite in Antioch, made his introduction to the Second Vatican Council by breaking a rule. Instead of speaking Latin as the rules required, the patriarch spoke unapologetically in French.

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Not one dog is forgotten before God

Lasha Morningstar

October 29, 2012

The bite of winter nips. Leaves are in plastic bags or piled on compost heaps. Bulbs tucked in the earth wait for spring. Winter jackets are dug out from the back of the closet. And mental notes are made to gather warm clothing for the homeless.

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The making of saints should not be used for partisan interests

Fr. Raymond de Souza

October 29, 2012

The making of saints is a joyous affair, with a gracious spirit abounding toward all, and a determined effort to ignore any discordant notes.

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