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Decisions on industry affect future generations

Bob McKeon

December 21, 2009

Recently I was asked to speak on a panel addressing the issue of introducing nuclear power to Alberta. The organizers wanted someone from the Catholic Archdiocese on the panel to speak from the perspective of the Pastoral Reflections on Nuclear Energy statement issued by the Alberta Catholic bishops in June. This was a challenging task, because the other panelists and most of the audience wanted to advance and debate their strongly held pro-nuclear and anti-nuclear positions. My task was different.

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Step up and claim your voice as God would want

Bob McKeon

November 23, 2009

A few weeks ago I attended a meeting of diocesan social justice staff working in Western Canada. I always enjoy these meetings because it is a chance for us to compare notes about what we are encountering in our social justice works in our respective provinces. This year the conversation with colleagues from Saskatchewan was especially interesting.

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Belief in life after death allows joy today

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 24, 2005

Does belief in life after death have an impact on how we live our lives right now? Should it?

Several years ago, I watched a panel of theologians discuss this question on national television and was surprised by their conclusions: All of them, theologians who professed to believe in God, stated that it shouldn't make any difference whatsoever whether there is life after death in terms of how we live our lives. Belief in life after death, they said, shouldn't affect really our daily lives.

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Catholic roots nourish contrary directors

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 17, 2005

Canadian theologian Michael Higgins recently made this observation. At the upcoming Academy Awards, two movies will take centre stage, Mel Gibson's The Passion of The Christ and Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11.

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In our lives, there is no room at the inn

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 22, 2003

Christmas is like a well-cut diamond. Every time you turn it in the sun it gives off a different sparkle. It has many meanings.

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Our task is to give birth to Christ

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 15, 2003

"Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you!" Picture the scene: Jesus has just impressed a crowd and a woman, probably a mother, shouts out: "You must have had a wonderful mother!"

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Find mother Mary to rediscover your faith

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 8, 2003

Devotional prayer to Mary, the mother of Jesus, has always been the centrepiece of Catholic piety. Among other things, those devotions have focused upon various Marian shrines, places where Mary allegedly appeared, Lourdes, Fatima, Guadalupe, Medjugorje, among other places.

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Purgatory leads the dead soul to heaven

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 1, 2003

"A common soldier dies without fear, Christ died afraid." Iris Murdoch wrote those words. Among other things, they unmask the simplistic notion that if one has faith and a clean conscience he or she will face death more serenely than someone who dies in bad conscience or dies lacking faith and virtue.

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Tend your garden of 'moral loneliness'

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 24, 2003

Therese of Lisieux was much photographed. Her sister, Celine, loved using a camera and took lots of photos of Therese. Many of these survive. And there's an interesting element in them, as Ruth Burrows once observed: In all her photographs, Therese is always alone, somehow by herself, even in a group shot. There's a quality of loneliness about her in virtually every picture, no matter how many others are in the photo.

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Walking tall smothers the small talk

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 17, 2003

The Gospels point out that, before his conversion, Zacchaeus was a short man, someone lacking in height, but that, after his conversion, the tall man gave back what the small man had stolen. Meeting Jesus, it seems, made Zacchaeus grow bigger in stature.

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