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Do I have to go to Confession every year?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

August 30, 2010

Growing up, I was taught that we must go to Confession to a priest at Eastertime and that it was a sin not to, even if we never went otherwise.

Today, I believe that one can confess to God in prayer and conversation and that it is no longer necessary to actually confess to a priest in person. I pray and talk to God, asking for forgiveness and strength. I live a quiet life and although far from perfect, am not a big “sinner.”

 

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Jesus’ use of the word ‘hate’ confounds

Ralph Himsl

August 30, 2010

Luke's Gospel for today recounts an astonishing event, remarkable enough in my view, to merit a special name, one whose use would call up a complete image in the manner of the phrase, "the woman at the well" or "the parable of the prodigal son" or, from the secular world, "crossing the Rubicon."

 

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Suicide’s crippling shadow spills over friends, family

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

August 30, 2010

Every year I write a column on suicide. It’s not my favourite thing to do, but I do it because there is too little in the public forum, secular or religious, on this painful issue. Suicide remains one of the great unmentionables and people who lose loved ones to suicide search mostly in vain for anything that might bring understanding and consolation.

 

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Assumptions distort relationships, work

Gordon Self

August 30, 2010

A true but humbling story from my past taught me about ethics. I swam often as an undergraduate student. I would wear a swim cap and goggles, placing the goggles high up on my forehead over the cap before or after entering the water.

 

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Conrad Black’s jailhouse epiphany bears witness to compassion’s power

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August 30, 2010

Where you stand determines what you see. But seeing can have one of two effects. It can lead you to put yourself outside and above the reality you observe. You can make yourself its judge. Or, your new vision can lead you to compassion, a solidarity with others.

 

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Church must walk its talk with employees

Bob McKeon

July 26, 2010

Last month, I had the challenging experience of making a presentation to an all-party committee of the Alberta Legislature. The presentation addressed changes to the Alberta government’s minimum wage policy.

My presentation spoke of the need for a living wage based on a respect for the dignity of human work as articulated in Catholic social teaching.

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Cardinal Marc Ouellet: A man of substance has a meteoric rise

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July 26, 2010

When Father Marc Ouellet left Edmonton’s St. Joseph Seminary a mere 13 years ago for a prestigious professorship in Rome, we saw this as a feather in his cap. Few, if any, could foresee that five years later he would be the primate of the Church in Canada and that in 2010 he would become the highly influential prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Bishops.

 

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Ritual can be boring, but it will sustain our relationships

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 26, 2010

Never travel with anyone who expects you to be interesting all the time. On a long trip there are bound to be some boring stretches.

That’s an axiom offered by Daniel Berrigan in his Commandments for the Long Haul and it contains a wisdom that is often absent today in our marriages, our family lives, our friendships, our churches and our spiritual lives.

 

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Real ethics translate into responsive action

Gordon Self

July 26, 2010

I am fascinated by how we make decisions. If you pay careful attention, your decisions reveal a lot about your character and what you hold to be important, or of fundamental value.

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Government silences voices of dissent

Joe Gunn

July 19, 2010

Most Canadians like something cool in the torrid heat of summer. But not the chill emanating from Ottawa, which has frozen the good efforts of civil society groups across the land.

Major shifts are taking place in the federal government’s treatment of groups that make up what is known as The Third Sector.

 

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