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An unsettling word from Scripture

Kathleen Giffin

August 20, 2012
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 26, 2012

The last few months have been occupied with preparations for my daughter's wedding. It is an exciting and happy time, and reminds me of my young adult life and my attitudes as I approached marriage.

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Monks trusted God more than military hardware

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

August 20, 2012

Last year, a French movie was released entitled Of Gods and Men that The New York Times as "perhaps the best movie on Christian commitment ever made."

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Feast of Assumption: Let us rejoice, embrace hope

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August 20, 2012

The feast of Mary's Assumption, celebrated Aug. 15, is one of the most hopeful feasts of the liturgical year. In our archdiocese, it is the focus of pilgrimages at Skaro and St. Albert. Yet, perhaps we could do even more to celebrate this mid-summer feast with verve and joy.

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Ethics demands keen judgment, open heart

Gordon Self

August 27, 2012

Planning is underway for the fifth and final year of the Nothing More Beautiful initiative in the Edmonton Archdiocese. Time and again, catechists and witnesses have reminded us of Pope Benedict's words that "there is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ."

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Dark Knight Batman becomes an icon of Christ

Fr. Robert Barron

August 27, 2012

In one way or another, all religions deal with the problem of evil, both how to explain it and how to solve it. Buddhism, for example, teaches that all life is suffering and that the only way out is through the extinction of egotistic desire, that "blowing out of the candle" designated by the Sanskrit word nirvana. All of Buddhist practice, theory and doctrine are devoted to the attainment of this blissful state.

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Pope John's call for a council was greeted with a stony silence

August 27, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Pope John XXIII was known for his sense of humour and his positive outlook on life. Perhaps it was these factors that led him to say, two years after his Jan. 25, 1959 announcement that the Church would hold a worldwide council, that the announcement was greeted by the cardinals present with "a devout and impressive silence."

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Invasion of prayer would change world with heart of Jesus

John Connelly

August 27, 2012
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 2, 2012

We live in a unique and tumultuous time. I read today that numerous aid organizations are predicting that up to a billion people could starve in the next year.

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God asks us to be patient, to let life unfold as it should

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

August 27, 2012

There's an adage that says that an atheist is simply someone who cannot grasp metaphor. Thomas Halik, the Czech writer, would suggest rather that an atheist is someone who cannot be patient enough with God.

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Paul Ryan must deliver the Church's full-meal deal

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August 27, 2012

Paul Ryan, the presumptive U.S. Republican nominee for vice-president, has been on the firing line for his use or abuse of Catholic social teaching to justify a draconian proposed budget that would cut both benefits to the poor and taxes paid by the rich.

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Does Jesus want us to lack life's necessities?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

September 3, 2012

We are all to be God's co-creators; yet it is clear that some creative efforts are so much better paid than others. There are creative people who are starving in many parts of the world. How can we see the work of providence in this?

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