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Ten books that met my taste last year

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 20, 2014

De gustibus non est disputandum. That's a famous line from St. Augustine wherein he suggests that taste is subjective and that what one person fancies might not be to another person's liking. Under that canopy I would like to recommend the following books to you.

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Earthly attachments keep us from soaring

John Connelly

January 20, 2014
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 26, 2014

In this week's Gospel, Jesus calls to each of us and says, "Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

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Bouchard's letter will not be forgotten

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January 20, 2014

Five years ago, on Jan. 25, 2009, St. Paul Bishop Luc Bouchard issued perhaps the most controversial pastoral letter in the history of the Catholic Church in Alberta. Bouchard criticized the rapid development of the Athabasca oilsands in his diocese as sacrificing the integrity of God's creation for the sake of economic gain.

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Soup kitchen lines testify to harsh effects of winter cold

Lasha Morningstar

January 20, 2014

She pushes the curtains open with her black nose and stares out onto the snow-covered garden. Golden eyes dart as house sparrows, juncos, maybe a shy brown creeper flit amongst the feeders and bark buttered branches.

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Scene in the Temple stirs amazement

Ralph Himsl

January 20, 2014
Feast of the Presentation
February 2, 2014

Today's Gospel reading narrates the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple and the prophetic words of Simeon and Anna with respect to the child before them.

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Bear witness to the ecumenism of time

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January 20, 2014

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity serves as an annual reminder that we ought to listen more than we speak. As Catholics, we trust that our Church is the guarantor of revealed religious truth.

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Good morning fools and dead colleagues!

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

January 20, 2014

Recently a senior member of the university's legal firm sent an email to us. It began, "Hi Fools"! This is not an inspiring salutation first thing in the morning, and especially so from a lawyer working on a sensitive matter.

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How do we determine the real prophets?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

January 20, 2014

Group Bible study (Isaiah) led me to wonder the following: What is a prophet? Do we have prophets among us today? Who are they and what is their message? How can we separate the wheat from the chaff?

 

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Canadian churches played key role in battling apartheid

Joe Gunn

January 20, 2014

Last month, my wife and I were invited to a pre-screening of the feature-length film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Ironically, we previewed this picture on the day that the incredible South African leader died. A moment of deep silence fell upon those in attendance before the movie began, leaving us with our own thoughts of his legacy.

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Unbelieving world celebrates, oblivious to Christmas' meaning

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December 23, 2013

If non-believers took the time to discover what Christians celebrate at Christmas, not only would they refuse to take part in the party, they would rise up and riot against what they would see as the most offensive example of religious exclusivism in history.

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