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Being a Christian means living life according to Jesus 24/7

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October 8, 2012

As the World Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization opens Oct. 7, a pressing question awaits an answer: We know the synod will lead to yet another Vatican document on evangelization; will it also lead to a missionary outburst that challenges the deadening, dehumanizing secularism of the West? Will the synod's deliberations lead to a metanoia, a conversion, in our attitudes and actions, or will it remain business as usual?

Laughter invites us to embrace heavenly joy

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 8, 2012

In our novitiate, when I was a novice with the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, our assistant novice director, a sincere but overly-stern man, cautioned us about too much levity in our lives by telling us that there is no recorded incident in Scripture of Jesus ever laughing.

A coffin has no pockets, a hearse no U-Haul

Maria Kozakiewicz

October 8, 2012
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 14, 2012

We all know this week's Gospel reading. It sounds divisive.

Pope John's opening speech sets the tone for a new direction

October 8, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When Blessed Pope John XXIII began his speech to open the Second Vatican Council on Oct. 11, 1962, many, perhaps most, of the bishops in St. Peter's Basilica expected to receive their marching orders for the council.

Wipe out poverty and give dignity to all

Joe Gunn

October 8, 2012

Sitting in our parish basement, she told her story with a quiet dignity – and a carefully concealed anger.

Catholic intellectual tradition celebrates each unique student

Blessed John Henry Newman

October 8, 2012
DR. TERRENCE DOWNEY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

The beginning of a new academic year provides a distinct perspective from which to appreciate the rich academic tradition that is Catholic higher education and to recommit to providing the transformative learning experience that defines the genre.

Simon's gift can be given or received

October 8, 2012
AUSTIN MARDON
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Oct. 7-13 is Mental Health Week. It reminds me every year of famous helpers in history.

Karol Wojtyla tapped laity to reveal Vatican II's power

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October 1, 2012

As the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council approaches on Oct. 12, it is well to remember the diocese which likely did the most thorough job of implementing the council's teachings - the Archdiocese of Krakow, Poland.

'If only' lessons teach us to forgive our flaws

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 1, 2012

If only! How often we feel those bitter words of regret: If only! If only I had noticed earlier! If only I had been more attentive! If only I could see that person again, even for five minutes! If only I hadn't been there just then! If only the storm hadn't happened just as I was on the highway! If only I hadn't had that extra drink! If only I had left the party 10 minutes earlier! If only!

Myth can convey a plethora of meanings

Ralph Himsl

October 1, 2012
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 7, 2011

The First Reading for Sunday from Genesis, tells of God's creation of humankind and of the creatures of earth, sea and sky.

 
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