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Suicide often result of great sensitivity to the blows of life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 16, 2012

Every year I write an article on suicide because so many people have to live with the pain of losing a loved one in this way. I rarely go for even a week without receiving a letter, an email, or a phone call from someone who has just lost a family member to suicide. In virtually every case, there is a corresponding sorrow that there really isn't a lot of material out there, religious or secular, to help console those left bereaved.

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What do we want? Better fodder or the Lord as our shepherd

Maria Kozakiewicz

July 16, 2012
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 22, 2012

Psalm 23, one of the most popular psalms of King David has followed me, like a faithful friend, through all my life – in prayer, Church readings, songs and, above all, literature I read as a child.

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Congar's journals give insider's view of Vatican council

Fr. Robert Barron

July 16, 2012

One of the most theologically fascinating and just plain entertaining books I've read in a long time is Yves Congar's My Journal of the Council. Catholics of a certain age will recognize the name, but I'm afraid that most Catholics under the age of 50 might be entirely unaware of the massive contribution made by Congar, a Dominican priest and certainly one of the three or four most important Catholic theologians of the 20th century.

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Commune with God during vacation time

Fr. Ayodele Ayeni CsSP

July 16, 2012

My vacation in Barbados last year drew my attention to the importance of water, or should I say beaches. The beautiful, clear-white sand beaches, superb restaurants and resorts of Barbados attract vacationers. The little island of Barbados is not only grateful for the presence of visitors to boost its tourism industry, but summer gives churches the opportunity to welcome and experience larger congregations than usual.

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Medication is way to avoid worst effects of schizophrenia

July 16, 2012
AUSTIN MARDON
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Snake oil salesmen have been with us for a long time. Sometimes they merely steal money and hope from the vulnerable. Sometimes they do real harm, or even worse.

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Canada's laws must care and protect life

Mark Pickup

July 16, 2012

Last month, British Columbia Judge Lynn Smith declared Canada's laws banning assisted suicide unconstitutional. Apparently it is not fair for severely disabled people to be denied suicide when healthy and able-bodied people can take their own lives. Really?

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Time for the federal gov't to step up to nation's empty plates

Joe Gunn

July 16, 2012

What would you say about hunger, if the United Nations wanted to hear from you?

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What happened to Jesus during his 18 lost years?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

July 16, 2012

I'm curious about where Jesus spent the time between 12 and 30.

Are you aware of any research that would indicate where Jesus was in this period of his life?

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The awakening of the spirit begins with one's own heart

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July 2, 2012

Canada Day comes this year in the wake of the body parts of a murdered young foreign student being mailed to various organizations and of the apparently cold-blooded murder of three security company employees in Edmonton. Such incidents are not typical of Canadian reality; however, they are flagrant examples of an increasing ferocity in what once was known as the peaceable kingdom.

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Keep in touch with your moral centre to live a mystical life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 2, 2012

Mysticism is an exotic word. Few of us connect mysticism with ordinary experience, especially with our own experience. Mysticism is generally seen as an exotic thing, a paranormal thing, a special kind of consciousness given only to the most elite within the spiritual life, something for spiritual athletes or for the weird, visions and altered states of consciousness, snakes and ladders in the spiritual life.

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