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So what is ordinary about Ordinary Time?

Fr. Ayodele Ayeni CsSP

July 2, 2012

Just the other day, at the jubilee celebration of my parish – Mary Help of Christians' Chinese Parish – Archbishop Richard Smith spoke about the need for a Christian compass leading contemporary Christians.

Assisted suicide opens Pandora's box of the culture of death

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June 25, 2012

The B.C. Supreme Court decision to strike down the law banning assisted suicide as unconstitutional is a very bad decision and will, if left unchallenged, lead to nightmarish consequences for Canadian society. However, while this decision needs to be contested, it needs to be realized that the current trajectory of Western society leads, with a certain inevitability, to legalized euthanasia as well as all sorts of other assaults on human life and dignity.

Break bad habits by burning them with love's pure fire

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 25, 2012

We all have our faults, weaknesses, places where we short-circuit morally, dark spots, secret and not-so-secret addictions. When we're honest, we know how universally true are St. Paul's words: "The good thing I want to do, I never do; the evil thing that I do not want to do – that is what I do."

God calls us to re-launch our boats of life

John Connelly

June 25, 2012
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 1 2012

Today the heart of Jesus calls to you and me. His voice speaks to that hidden place in us that only God can see. The question we all need to ask is, "Lord, what would you have me do?" It is a frightening question.

An answer just might be written in the stars

Gordon Self

June 25, 2012

As an amateur stargazer, I love training my telescope on Saturn. Viewing the rings around this beautiful gas giant never fails to awe me. Recently, I was with friends and their daughter to do a little stargazing in Saint John, N.B., overlooking the Bay of Fundy.

Can we be friends with a woman whom I find attractive?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

June 25, 2012

I read an article that when we find attractiveness in others, we should recognize and appreciate their attributes as gifts of God. I find the wife of one of our friend couples attractive in that we share professional occupations, similar backgrounds and dispositions but also physically.

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.

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.

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.

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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