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Dr. Gerry Turcotte

September marks time for new beginnings

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

August 26, 2013

It is not unusual at this time of year for people to prepare for new beginnings. While this may be a formulaic feature of New Year's celebrations, the reality is that for many the end of the holidays and the start of the school year marks a fuller restart.

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Flood of compassion washes over Calgary

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

July 22, 2013

The June floods of 2013 in southern Alberta were traumatic by any indicator. Significant destruction of property, devastated infrastructure and thousands of displaced people - though mercifully few lives lost.

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Raging flood destroys homes

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

July 1, 2013

Over 250 flood narratives have been found spanning virtually every culture on earth, from the Sumerians to the Aztecs, and they testify to a global phenomenon unlike any other that has since visited our planet. Stories of raging waters have a strange power that tap into this primordial occurrence which underpins our collective psyche.

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Saint John's Bible portrays the value of beauty and the sacred

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

June 17, 2013

In an article entitled "Art and the Beauty of Faith," Father Raymond de Souza references the writings of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who before he became pope wrote that there were "two compelling 'arguments'" for the Church's faith being true – the first was the lives of the saints and their living "Christian witness"; and the second was the art that [the Church] has nurtured in her midst."

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Despite commercialism, Mother's Day retains its relevance, magic

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

May 27, 2013

Another Mother's Day has come and gone, and it is with quiet marvel that I look back on the occasion. Certainly, like so much else in western culture – from Christmas to Easter to Valentine's Day – the event has been commercialized until you feel not another drop can be wrung out of it. Sales, gifts and wrapping paper.

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Altar and ambo draw the faithful into a sacramental vision

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

May 6, 2013

I must confess that I haven't spent a great deal of time thinking about the principles behind altars and ambos. My first conscious consideration of altars came when I was struggling to understand homophones – words that sound the same but have different spellings.

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Pope Francis brings freshness of Easter

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

April 1, 2013

Even the most disinterested person will have been riveted by the lead up to one of the holiest times in the Church calendar.

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Figures of speech can symbolize our personal turnings toward Jesus

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

March 4, 2013

When I was asked to find a title for this column I eventually settled on Figure of Speech. I did so because my own writing practice, especially for reflective pieces, often draws on rhetorical structures that I then meditate upon and develop.

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The call to pilgrimage ferments in our souls

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

February 11, 2013

Emilio Estevez's beautiful film The Way tells the story of a grieving father who completes his dead son's unfinished pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago, in Spain. The journey, of course, reawakens the man's faith and revitalizes his weary soul.

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Cheer up, it's not the end of the world

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

January 21, 2013

Since you are reading this column, the world did not end on Dec. 21, 2012 as putatively predicted by the Mayan calendar.

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