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Jesus has the heart of a good shepherd

John Connelly
April 20, 2015
Fourth Sunday of Easter
April 26, 2015

We truly understand Jesus when we see that he has a shepherd's heart. He is, as this week's Gospel tells us, the Good Shepherd. The merciful heart of Jesus is always oriented toward his sheep. His heart is focused on you, me and all his children. I remember watching a flock of sheep in a field shortly after my conversion. I walked up to the fence and observed them with fascination. I knew they had something to teach me about myself.

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Catholics called to play prophetic role in Alberta's electoral process

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April 20, 2015

The May 5 Alberta election is one significant opportunity for the baptized to assume their role as prophets and bring Catholic ideals to play in the public realm. A Catholic vote and other participation in the electoral process should express, not one's self-interest or personal tastes, but the values by which we are called to live our faith. Our actions should flow out of the great commandment – to love God and love our neighbour. Like God who is partial to the poor and marginalized, our first thought should be for those excluded from the vast benefits of living in our blessed society.

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Physicians should be allowed to follow their consciences

Lasha Morningstar
April 20, 2015

Be aware, dear reader. You might have to come to the defence of your doctor. Take a look at what is happening to Catholic, Christian and other doctors who are pro-life in Ontario. Their governing body, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, told them if a patient asks for a procedure they are unwilling to do because of their personal and/or religious ethics, they must refer the patient to someone they know will do the procedure.

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Branches draw power from the vine

Lydia Cristini
April 20, 2015
Fifth Sunday in Easter
May 3, 2015

"Without me you can do nothing." The image of the vine and the branches in this Gospel is a familiar one. In John's usual style, it is both simple and profound. Jesus says we are completely dependent on him, and every good thing we do is because of him. This theme is echoed again and again in our faith; the Mass goes so far as telling us that the "desire to thank you is itself your gift." Even thanking God is a gift from God!

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Turcotte a model for Christian living

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April 20, 2015

Always outspoken, a man who stayed close to home, Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte was never seen as a likely candidate for pope. It must then have brought him a quiet chuckle when one of his closest friends among the cardinals – Jorge Mario Bergoglio – was elected to the papacy. The style of the two was similar – close to the people, especially the poor, willing to shoot from the hip, advocates of Church social teaching and no interest in playing Church politics.

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Way of the Cross spurs Gospel reflection

Bob McKeon
April 20, 2015

Over the years, participation in Edmonton's Outdoor Way of the Cross on Good Friday morning has very much become part of my life. In the beginning years, the route was downtown, the first year going over the High Level Bridge as far as the University Hospital. More recently, the event has found its home in the inner city, with the procession this year starting and ending at Hope Mission, the largest homeless shelter in the city.

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Why are the psalms important for Christians?

Sr. Louise Zdunich
April 20, 2015

Why are the psalms important for Christians?

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Canada can do better than stage bombing raids on Iraq, Syria

Douglas Roche
April 20, 2015

I believe the Canadian government's decision to bomb ISIL terrorist targets in Syria is morally wrong, militarily counter-productive and legally dubious. Of course, Canada should "do something," as popular parlance puts it, to counter the appalling and abhorrent crimes perpetrated in Iraq and Syria by ISIS – the mass killings, sexual violence, slavery, forced displacement, and the destruction of holy and historic sites.

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Christ's resurrection means we will receive incorruptible bodies

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April 6, 2015

One major theological disturbance of the 20th century was the undermining of belief in Jesus' resurrection from the dead. For too many, the meaning of the resurrection is not that Jesus rose from the dead but that his life challenges Christians to live more authentically. What matters, from this point of view, is not whether the corpse of Jesus remains in the tomb, but whether his spirit lives on in us.

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Dying person's pain deepens awareness of life and spirit

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 6, 2015

Raissa Maritain, the philosopher and spiritual writer, died some months after suffering a stroke. During those months she lay in a hospital bed, unable to speak. After her death, her husband, the philosopher, Jacques Maritain, in preparing her journals for publication, wrote these words: "At a moment when everything collapsed for both of us, and which was followed by four agonizing months, Raissa was walled in herself by a sudden attack of aphasia.

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