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Canada has a day to remember John Paul II

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March 9, 2015

Likely few Canadians have Thursday, April 2 on their radar screen. That day will not only be Holy Thursday, but also both Canada's first commemoration of Pope John Paul II Day as well as the 10th anniversary of the sainted pope's death. It might seem odd that Canada, a largely secular nation, has set aside a day on which to remember a Catholic pope. Pope John Paul, however, was no garden variety pope, if there be such a thing.

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In midst of gloom, new life brings hope

Mark Pickup
March 9, 2015

February 2015 was a hard month for the pro-life cause. Canada's Supreme Court struck down the laws prohibiting assisted suicide. The high court stooped low to endorse the murder of Canada's suicidal sick and disabled and even those suffering from "psychological pain." When I learned that 80 per cent of Canadians support assisted suicide, I was horrified and thought "What has to my nation come to?!' I do not know this kind of Canada. I felt like a stranger in the country of my birth.

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Revoke 15th century 'doctrine' which approved the Conquest

Joe Gunn
March 9, 2015

Do 15th-century edicts from Rome stand in the way of reconciliation with indigenous people in Canada today? The Hon. Justice Murray Sinclair, chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), recently suggested that the commission's final report may demand that the Vatican repudiate papal bulls which many feel are the basis of the inhumane treatment aboriginal people have received in Canada.

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When speed replaces patience, our sense of wonder is hijacked

Dr. Gerry Turcotte
March 9, 2015

In 2004 I published a multi-genre book entitled Border Crossings: Words and Images that featured poems, essays, short stories and images. Virtually all of the photographs were "old school" – that is, analog not digital. The book was a combination of writings that I had written for performance, including a live dramatic reading with a jazz ensemble at the famed Sydney Opera House, and a photographic installation at the Wollongong City Art Gallery, also in Australia.

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Assisted suicide testifies to a society that has grown cold

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February 23, 2015

However did we reach this point in Canada where the Supreme Court would legalize assisted suicide with the overwhelming support of the people? The answer is not easy to discern, but it behooves us to try. By discovering how we got lost, we may begin to find a way home. The most obvious causes of our plight are the idolatry of individual freedom in isolation from the common good and the erosion of respect for human life. That the individual ought to control his or her life is now an axiom of Canadian society. That belief is ideological, but it is an ideology rooted in the prosperity the Western world has enjoyed for several decades.

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Daydreams can expand us or turn us in on ourselves

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 23, 2015

A good part of our lives is taken up with daydreams, though few of us admit that, and even fewer of us would own up to the contents of those fantasies. We're ashamed to admit how much we escape into fantasy, and we're even more ashamed to reveal the content of those fantasies. But whether we admit it or not, we're all pathological daydreamers; except this isn't necessarily a pathology. Our hearts and minds, chronically frustrated by the limits of our lives, naturally seek solace in daydreaming. It's an almost irresistible temptation.

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Difficult times can expose fire hazards

Kathleen Giffin

February 23, 2014
Second Sunday in Lent
March 1, 2015

My basement is ripped apart right now, stripped bare to concrete and studs. The catalyst was a flood just before Christmas that required the panelling and carpet to be ripped out. In the process, two significant fire hazards were discovered, one in some faulty wiring and another associated with the clothes dryer. Each had the potential to literally bring our house down. Neither was likely to have been discovered if not for the renovations we are now doing.

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Political issues may be at play in the falling price of oil

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February 23, 2015

For Albertans, the huge drop in oil prices is having major repercussions. The provincial government says it faces a $7-billion annual deficit unless it cuts spending, and job layoffs are beginning to affect many people both inside and outside of the petroleum industry. The lower pump price of gasoline hardly begins to compensate for the negative effects of the collapse in prices. Yet, too often the falling prices have been seen solely in terms of market economics. For some strange reason, too much oil is being produced globally and that is driving the per-barrel price downward.

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Instead of opting for death, Canada, let's fight for life

Lasha Morningstar

February 23, 2015

People are cheering, people are crying. But for too many, the realization of what has just happened has not sunk in yet. The Supreme Court just said sure, it's OK for someone to be put to death by a physician. The nicey nice name for it is physician-assisted suicide. Yes, I have listened to emotion-filled voices of relatives tell of watching relatives and/or friends die lingering, painful deaths.

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God's law is more desirable than gold

Brett Fawcett

February 23, 2015
Third Sunday in Lent
March 8, 2015

It's easy to get to a point where we start to hear without hearing. How many times do we hear or recite the Our Father or the Hail Mary without paying attention to the fact that we're uttering meaningful words and not just a series of familiar, vaguely pleasant syllables? Perhaps the Ten Commandments, which we hear recited in today's First Reading, also falls into this category; how often do we stop and really read and reflect on those oft-heard ordinances when we see them hanging on a wall (usually on a poster in the shape of two tablets)? If we do ever stop and think about them, what is our reaction?

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