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Work for God's kingdom lasts an eternity

Mark Pickup

June 25, 2012

There are so many things I do not understand. Perhaps it doesn't matter. The only thing that counts at the conclusion of my life is whether I loved Christ and obeyed his commandments. The learned man and the simpleton will come to the same end.

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Studying at Newman College can deepen your faith

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June 18, 2012

A serious faith asks questions and seeks answers. A person of faith wants to live their faith and, in order to live it, he or she must first know it. While faith is more than an intellectual knowing, faith is not blind.

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A crack in our pitcher needs mending before our soul is shattered

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 18, 2012

There's a much quoted line from Leonard Cohen that suggests that the place where we are broken is also the place where our redemption starts: There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.

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Humans have the capacity to be healed

Kathleen Giffin

June 18, 2012
Nativity of St. John the Baptist
June 24, 2012

Unlike most years, this year we celebrate the liturgy for the Birth of John the Baptist on a Sunday. John holds a unique place in our salvation story; he was the chosen one who, in so many ways, prepared the way for Jesus' ministry.

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Omnibus bill threatens the environment

Bob McKeon

June 18, 2012

Over the past several weeks, Canada has been gripped by an increasingly divisive and loud parliamentary debate over Bill C-38, which is ostensibly a budget bill.

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Sing praises to all fathers – unsung heroes

Fr. Ayodele Ayeni CsSP

June 18, 2012

Growing up a Protestant, in northern Nigeria, was difficult because it was not easy to know exactly what to believe as a Christian – the homilies depended on the pastor's intuition into the scriptural passage they chose.

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Is Ontario ending bullying or weakening Catholic Schools?

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June 11, 2012

The Catholic Church's opposition to the bullying of homosexuals is written into the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Homosexuals "must be treated with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided," the Catechism states (n. 2358).

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There is always something to diminish our joy

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 11, 2012

A friend of mine jokingly says that when she dies she wants this epitaph on her gravestone: There was always something.

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Catacombs bear witness to a young martyr

Maria Kozakiewicz

June 11, 2012
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
June 17, 2012

It is only a few days ago that I stood in a narrow corridor of the catacombs of St. Callixtus at Rome. The air there is damp and cold, ceilings glisten with crystals of condensed moisture, brown tufa stone is stained with age. Dark walls are pierced with surprisingly slim, shadowy cavities which once housed bodies of Christians of the first ages, the ages of bloody persecutions alternating with brief periods of uneasy peace with the surrounding pagan world.

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Stand up for the environment, Canadians

Joe Gunn

June 11, 2012

Three years ago, Canada's Catholic bishops asked Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take action on climate change. Then-CCCB president, Archbishop James Weisgerber wrote, "As Catholic pastors and teachers, we have a special concern for how climate change impacts the poor.

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