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University students light Holy Spirit’s flame

Fr. Raymond de Souza

January 17, 2011

An annual highlight arrives in the last days of the year. That's when Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) holds its annual conference for university students. They call it RiseUp, and it begins each year on Dec. 28 and runs through New Year's Day.more . . .

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Bishops, lawyers defend asylum seekers

Joe Gunn

January 17, 2011

Last month, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney "lashed out" at the Catholic Bishops' critique of his anti-human smuggling bill (WCR, Dec. 3). Kenney used demeaning language that tracked closer to an ad hominen scolding than a principled disagreement on the issues involved. more . . .

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Christ’s humble birth shows riches are hidden on the fringe of society

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 27, 2010

Mary gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn. more . . .

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Followers of the star find Bethlehem

Maria Kozakiewicz

December 27, 2010

Epiphany is my favourite Christmas season holiday, for various reasons - from mundane through professional to spiritual. In the first place, it is wonderfully quiet. Since it is about human gifts to God and not gifts to the humans themselves, the media and secular world pay little attention and do nothing to twist its meaning. more . . .

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Advent’s promise is fulfilled

December 27, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

It is a multifaceted event with many meanings. But in its liturgy, the Church focuses on the Epiphany as the manifestation of God's glory to all nations. Israel had expected a messiah who would lift up the nation to a pre-eminent place in the world. God, however, has given the Messiah for more than Israel. more . . .

 

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Create ethical cultures in all relationships

Gordon Self

December 27, 2010

The long running television series M*A*S*H depicted the antics of medical personnel coping with the stress of overseas military service, often playing practical jokes on each other. more . . .

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Powerful sexual desire should draw us to the Lord of desire

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 20, 2010

Like a deer yearns for flowing streams, so my soul yearns for you my God." "My soul keeps vigil for you in the night." more . . .

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Joy comes in threes, plus one

Ralph Himsl

December 20, 2010

As if roused from a reverie over her cooling cup of coffee, she mused, "Our good old Christmas still has a lot going for it." Deep in the hubbub of what the commercial world has established as "the season of giving," the remark seemed timely. more . . .

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Mary — Jesus’ first disciple

December 20, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Catholics have long celebrated May as the month of Mary. But liturgically, the real month of Mary is December. More particularly, it is the season of Advent and, most especially, it is these last days leading to the birth of the Saviour. more . . .

 

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It’s time to restore Midnight Mass

Fr. Raymond de Souza

December 20, 2010

What time is Midnight Mass? It's the season for that question, and the answer is not predictable. Over more than a generation, we Catholics have fumbled away one of our most distinctive customs. Indeed, the Christmas Mass schedule has become something rather different than what the Church intends, and what our tradition refined over centuries.more . . .

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