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Word made Flesh overcomes secularism with power of grace

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December 17, 2012

We have reached the point in Western society where it needs to be asked whether we still celebrate Christmas. That is, is it Christmas – the revolution of the Word made Flesh – we celebrate or has a Bacchanalian, consumerist ritual taken over?

Note in a bottle tossed into a literary sea is read around the world

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 17, 2012

In late November, 1982, while a graduate student in Louvain, Belgium, I began writing this column. That makes for 30 years. When I began writing this, I had no idea as to where this would go, no grand plan. I was putting notes into milk bottles and floating them out to sea, across an ocean in this case, hoping somebody might read them.

Christmas – a time to bless our gift of life

John Connelly

December 17, 2012
Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 23, 2012

Here we are at the threshold of another Christmas. I am thinking of the lyrics of John Lennon's poignant song of the season, "And so this is Christmas. And what have you done? Another year over and a new one just begun."

What can I do instead of buying presents?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

December 17, 2012

I'm tired of buying presents at Christmas. Isn't there something else?

Prison chaplains witness the right to religious freedom

Bob McKeon

December 17, 2012

One of the concerns raised in the Last Judgment scene in Matthew's Gospel is whether "when I was in prison you visited me."

The deaf a reminder of the power of silence

December 17, 2012
(Following is Archbishop Richard Smith's homily at the Dec. 7 ordination of Father Matthew Hysell.)

This evening it escapes no one that we are the privileged witnesses of an historic moment in the life not only of this archdiocese but also of the Church in Canada. For the first time in our country, a man who is deaf is ordained to the ministerial priesthood.

Pushing the envelope to give of ourselves

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

December 17, 2012

There is a moving story about a family's Christmas tradition that tells of a husband's aversion to receiving presents when so many in the community were in need.

Catholic education battles secular push in today's society

John Acheson

December 17, 2012

The passage of a new Education Act by the Alberta Legislature affords the opportunity for the Catholic community to give pause and to reflect on the great gift of Catholic education that we have here in Alberta. This is a gift that gives the Catholic communities of Alberta the right to organize and run their own Catholic schools – and this with full funding from the province.

Parents must be engaged in children's education

Paul Van Den Bosch

December 17, 2012

RED DEER – Many Alberta Catholic parents have heard about the passing last month of Bill 3, the new Education Act. But I haven't seen much detail to answer the question: "What does it mean?"

A holy night to remember

December 17, 2012

As Canadians and northerners, we share many memories of cold winters. At Christmas time, I often reflect upon one particular evening of a prairie winter in the early 1960s. Though the frost was cruel that night, the reminiscence is warm.

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