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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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Innocents pay the price for summit pledge, security breakdown

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July 19, 2010

If it was so necessary for G-8 and G-20 leaders to have “face time” together, why were these summits not held on say, Baffin Island, rather than in downtown Toronto? One billion dollars down the drain on security and still the powers-that-be were unable to prevent violence. More than a thousand people arrested, most of them peaceful demonstrators, while many of the window smashers walked away untouched.

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See one Pharaoh, then you’ve see them all

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 19, 2010

After Jesus had fed a crowd of more than 5,000 with five loaves and two fish, he asked his apostles to gather up the fragments that were left over, scattered here and there on the ground. They did as he asked and ended up filling 12 baskets with leftovers.

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Why are bells not rung at the Consecration?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

June 28, 2010

Why don’t we have bells rung at the Consecration any more? It seems to me that the Consecration, said without any special emphasis, tends to blend in with the rest in such a way that it is easy to miss it, especially if one gets distracted.

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Two old buddies correspond about faith

Ralph Himsl

June 28, 2010

Forty years ago good fortune brought me a friendship which endures to this day despite the separations of time and distance.

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