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Branches draw power from the vine

Lydia Cristini

April 20, 2015
Fifth Sunday in Easter
May 3, 2015

"Without me you can do nothing." The image of the vine and the branches in this Gospel is a familiar one. In John's usual style, it is both simple and profound. Jesus says we are completely dependent on him, and every good thing we do is because of him. This theme is echoed again and again in our faith; the Mass goes so far as telling us that the "desire to thank you is itself your gift." Even thanking God is a gift from God!

Turcotte a model for Christian living

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April 20, 2015

Always outspoken, a man who stayed close to home, Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte was never seen as a likely candidate for pope. It must then have brought him a quiet chuckle when one of his closest friends among the cardinals – Jorge Mario Bergoglio – was elected to the papacy. The style of the two was similar – close to the people, especially the poor, willing to shoot from the hip, advocates of Church social teaching and no interest in playing Church politics.

Way of the Cross spurs Gospel reflection

Bob McKeon

April 20, 2015

Over the years, participation in Edmonton's Outdoor Way of the Cross on Good Friday morning has very much become part of my life. In the beginning years, the route was downtown, the first year going over the High Level Bridge as far as the University Hospital. More recently, the event has found its home in the inner city, with the procession this year starting and ending at Hope Mission, the largest homeless shelter in the city.

Why are the psalms important for Christians?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

April 20, 2015

Why are the psalms important for Christians?

Canada can do better than stage bombing raids on Iraq, Syria

Douglas Roche

April 20, 2015

I believe the Canadian government's decision to bomb ISIL terrorist targets in Syria is morally wrong, militarily counter-productive and legally dubious. Of course, Canada should "do something," as popular parlance puts it, to counter the appalling and abhorrent crimes perpetrated in Iraq and Syria by ISIS – the mass killings, sexual violence, slavery, forced displacement, and the destruction of holy and historic sites.

Christ's resurrection means we will receive incorruptible bodies

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April 6, 2015

One major theological disturbance of the 20th century was the undermining of belief in Jesus' resurrection from the dead. For too many, the meaning of the resurrection is not that Jesus rose from the dead but that his life challenges Christians to live more authentically. What matters, from this point of view, is not whether the corpse of Jesus remains in the tomb, but whether his spirit lives on in us.

Dying person's pain deepens awareness of life and spirit

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 6, 2015

Raissa Maritain, the philosopher and spiritual writer, died some months after suffering a stroke. During those months she lay in a hospital bed, unable to speak. After her death, her husband, the philosopher, Jacques Maritain, in preparing her journals for publication, wrote these words: "At a moment when everything collapsed for both of us, and which was followed by four agonizing months, Raissa was walled in herself by a sudden attack of aphasia.

In the moral life, we learn more about Jesus

Brett Fawcett

April 6, 2015
Divine Mercy Sunday
April 12, 2015

Every moral injunction in the New Testament should also be seen as a description of the character of Jesus Christ. Not only is the Christian moral life the imitation of Christ, it is also a journey of discovery about who Jesus really is. The more we grow morally, grow spiritually, grow in grace, the more we learn about Jesus Christ, precisely because we observe ourselves becoming more like him.

St. Luke's Gospel will guide us through the Holy Year of Mercy

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April 6, 2015

One key fact not noticed in reports about Pope Francis' declaration of the Holy Year of Mercy is that it will coincide almost exactly with Year C in the Sunday Lectionary, the Year of St. Luke's Gospel. It begins Dec. 8 and will conclude on the feast of Christ the King, Nov. 20, 2016. Luke gives us the Gospel of mercy, a matter which Pope Francis will no doubt emphasize throughout the holy year.

Changing world cries out to us to find new ways to live

Lasha Morningstar

April 6, 2015

At times it is a Humpty Dumpty world. The news is too negative. Everything is changing in our personal world, neighbourhood, city, province, country, the entire globe. One can experience a loss of control. Religious leaders recognize society's growing isolation and caution us against selfishness, lack of community.

 
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