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Are you the person you want to be?

Joe Gunn

July 15, 2013

Do you live an ethical life? Most of us would certainly answer "yes" right away. We'd like to think that we have fine values and that we always make good decisions to act in the world based upon these.

Disaster calls forth the human desire to help others

Lasha Morningstar

July 15, 2013

Massive disaster slipped by our province in recent times. Then the tornado tore its murderous path through Edmonton in 1987. After that, the Pine Lake tornado ripped through a campground in 2000. Now flood waters have rampaged through southern Alberta drowning homes, towns, livelihoods, wildlife, people, landscapes, infrastructure, farm animals . . . and more.

Troubling signs overshadow Canada Day celebrations

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July 1, 2013

Is the glass half-empty or half-full? It's the question Canadians need to ask on every Canada Day. Our country offers so much for which to be grateful – abundant freedom, an extremely high standard of living, a relatively strong social safety net and a desire of many to strengthen the common good.

It's off to work we go, and go, and go and miss out on life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 1, 2013

There are dangers in overwork, no matter how good the work and no matter how noble the motivation for doing it. Spiritual guides, beginning with Jesus, have always warned of the dangers of becoming too taken up in our work.

Joy abounds when one serves the Lord

Ralph Himsl

July 1, 2013
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 7, 2013

The readings and the Psalm for July 7, the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, have a noticeably common characteristic – such that it wakened wonder, "This bears looking into."

Take great care in choosing friends

Lasha Morningstar

July 1, 2013

Define friend. Stops one in their tracks, doesn't it, if you are really serious about giving a heart-felt answer.

Provincial cuts keep disabled housebound

Mark Pickup

July 1, 2013

The provincial government is going to cut home support services to people with disabilities. Why? The obvious answer is to reduce expenditures in a time of lower government revenues.

Hunger rampages throughout the world

July 1, 2013
ABBOT PETER NOVECOSKY, OSB
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

Prairie farmers eagerly anticipate getting their crops into the ground each spring. A late spring this year dampened that enthusiasm somewhat, but fair weather has now enabled most of the crops to be planted in this part of the world. Farmers depend on their crops for their livelihood, and the world depends on a good crop for part of its food supply.

Raging flood destroys homes

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

July 1, 2013

Over 250 flood narratives have been found spanning virtually every culture on earth, from the Sumerians to the Aztecs, and they testify to a global phenomenon unlike any other that has since visited our planet. Stories of raging waters have a strange power that tap into this primordial occurrence which underpins our collective psyche.

Pope Francis leads us by walking with the poor

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June 24, 2013

When Pope John Paul II first called for a New Evangelization 30 years ago, it did not rank high on the Richter scale. Over the ensuing years, he spoke increasingly of the need for new methods of bringing the Gospel to formerly Christian countries. He also called for greater zeal and new ways to express eternal truths.

 
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