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Secularism blots out our reliance on supernatural forces

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 5, 2012

A friend of mine tells this story: As a young boy in the 1950s he was struck down with pneumonia. His family lived in a small town that had neither a hospital nor a doctor. His father had a job which had taken him away from the family for that week. His mother was home alone with no phone and no car.

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We want to know God, visualize him

Ralph Himsl

March 5, 2012
Third Sunday in Lent
March 11, 2011

I know a stop for a city dweller between Nobleford and Granum on secondary highway 519 in southern Alberta. Alberta has many such charming places because there on a moonless, cloudless night of light traffic away from sources of light pollution, a motorist can pull off the highway onto a side road, turn out the car headlights and stop the engine.

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Lent offers time to use God's gift of talents

Lasha Morningstar

March 5, 2012

Lent usually means giving up something. Chocolate, coffee, candy often head the list.

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Greece needs help, not more austerity

March 5, 2012
Here is an editorial titled “Austerity must have limits” by the editors of The Tablet, a London-based international Catholic weekly. It is dated Feb. 18.

Measured by the savagery of their effects on the very fabric of Greek society, the European Union’s present policies toward Greece demand to be called into question. Examining the economic logic behind those policies, however, leads to an even more alarming conclusion.

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Communion opens us up to the divine

Fr. Ayodele Ayeni CsSP

March 5, 2012

A young girl asked her mother: "Mom, where did human beings originate?" Her mother said, "My daughter, we are all descended from Adam and Eve; they were our first parents."

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The wonder of the sacraments

Bishop Donald Bolen

March 5, 2012

When I read the splendid quotation from Pope Benedict which inspired this series – that "There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know him and to speak to others of our friendship with him" – my first thought was that I was there that day in St Peter's Square when Pope Benedict XVI delivered his inaugural homily. I was then working for the Holy See, at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

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Bouchard leaving, but he leaves legacy of moral courage

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February 27, 2012

The appointment of Bishop Luc Bouchard as bishop of Trois Rivieres, Quebec, came as a bolt out of the blue. Bishop of St. Paul for 10 years, Bouchard seemed likely to minister here until his retirement in 13 years.

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Sheep not of our flock hear the shepherd's voice

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 27, 2012

I grew up with strong, conservative, Roman Catholic roots: the Baltimore Catechism, the Latin Mass, daily rosary, daily Mass if possible, and a rich stream of devotional practices. That's a gift for which I'm deeply grateful.

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Faith sees through the eyes of the heart

John Connelly

 

February 27, 2012
Second Sunday in Lent
March 4, 2012

Imagine if Jesus suddenly came to you right now. In person. The risen Christ standing before you and looking you right in the eye. What would you think? What would you feel? How would you respond?

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What does it mean to be a Christian witness?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

February 27, 2012

We hear the word "witness" or "witnessing" used often.

What does it really mean to be Christian witnesses?

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