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Sharing suffering is the first step on path to ending hatred

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November 18, 2013

The documentary film Two Sided Story tells of Parents Circle Families Forum, an organization in which bereaved family members of Palestinian and Israeli victims of violence meet to tell each other of the suffering they’ve experienced. The 18-year-old organization now has hundreds of members who are achieving reconciliation amidst the seemingly never-ending violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

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Skip the scapegoating, transform it into love

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 18, 2013

Many of us, I suspect, know about the work of the renowned anthropologist, Rene Girard and the dissemination of his insights through the work of his student, Gil Bailie. With gratitude to them, I pass along one of their insights, an invaluable look at how we try to handle resentment in our lives.

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Christ the King can heal our broken world

John Connelly

November 18, 2013
Christ the King
November 24, 2013

We all need a king. Someone who can reign over us in this life and in the life to come.

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Alberta's residential school stories must be told, heard by all

Bob McKeon

November 18, 2013

In recent weeks, I have been in many conversations with people talking about the upcoming National Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings to take place March 27-30 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton.

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Ecumenical exchange of gifts calls for sharing of one's deepest self

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November 11, 2013

We congratulate local ecumenist Julien Hammond on his appointment to the international dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Disciples of Christ (WCR, Nov. 4). This may well be the only time this dialogue makes news - the Disciples of Christ is a small Church and such dialogues rarely catch the public eye.

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Walking the single path in life brings joy and sadness

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 11, 2013

The universe works in pairs. From atoms to the human species, generativity is predicated on union with another. Happiness, it would seem, is also predicated on that. So where does that leave singles and celibates? How can they be normal, generative and happy?

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Avoid focusing on end times prophecy

Kathleen Giffin

November 11, 2013
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 17, 2013

I heard a story from a man who had been on a mission trip to an isolated tribe that had never before been evangelized. Their preaching had been so "successful" that they found themselves with a problem: the people lost their motivation to live their daily lives. Instead, they sat around and waited for Jesus to return.

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Canada, avoid being part of 'globalization of indifference'

Joe Gunn

November 11, 2013

In the jam-packed cathedral of the Diocese of Hamilton, Ont., last month, I heard John Allen Jr., senior reporter at the Vatican for the U.S.-based National Catholic Reporter, refer to Jorge Mario Bergoglio as "the pope of mercy." Nowhere is this more evident than in the attention Pope Francis has given to the world's refugees.

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New atheists have the wrong idea about who God is

Fr. Robert Barron

November 11, 2013

The signal contribution of David Bentley Hart's book, The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, and Bliss, is to clarify that serious theists and atheists, though they debate frequently concerning the reality of God, are hardly ever using the word "God" in the same way.

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Do we really believe saints pray for us?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

November 11, 2013

Catholics keep asking so many saints to pray for us. We rely for help on their constant intercession. Do we really believe the saints are constantly praying for us? Isn't there something more exciting to do in heaven than this constant chatter of the saints? Not even Jesus prayed constantly.

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