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Subtle forms of pride poison relationships with others and God

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 22, 2012

One of the wonderful features of young children is their emotional honesty. They don’t hide their feeling or wants. They have no subtlety.

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Uncertain world stays blind to Christ

John Connelly

October 22, 2012
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 28, 2012

We live in uncertain times. We are uncertain about the economy, our security and our future. The First World confidence we once felt is evaporating slowly but surely.

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Council fathers turn their attention to liturgical reform

October 22, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

All of the preliminaries were now over and the Second Vatican Council got down to business. But what business would that be? Of the 70 schema (proposed documents), the council fathers had seen only seven. Of those seven, by far the most important were those on divine revelation and on the liturgy.

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Spreading germs ignites moral outrage

Gordon Self

October 22, 2012

Is it time to get mad?" The question was posed during a recent multispecialty rounds at Covenant Health.

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What is the Church's attitude towards art?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

October 22, 2012

You mentioned the creative arts in a previous response, what does Scripture say and what has been the Church's history in relation to the creative arts?

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MP Woodworth moved abortion to nation's front burner

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October 15, 2012

MP Stephen Woodworth did what many thought was impossible – he put the issue of abortion back on the political front burner in Canada. By trying to establish a parliamentary committee that would look at medical and other evidence of whether the unborn child is human, he made the rights of the unborn a topic of discussion across Canada.

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Jesus' Baptism gives a state of grace that empowers change

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 15, 2012

John Shea once wrote a haunting poem about John the Baptist. The poem begins with the Baptist in prison, hearing the dancing above his head and knowing that this is soon to culminate in his being beheaded. Strangely, he's not too upset.

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To be first in God's eyes is to serve others

Kathleen Giffin

October 15, 2012
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 21, 2012

My children adopted a common practice of their peers, the calling out of "Shotgun!" as their way to claim the front passenger seat in car rides. I remember the first couple of times it happened I was caught off guard, not sure what was meant.

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On Day 2, the council claimed its holy freedom

October 15, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

It didn't take long for the tide to turn at the Second Vatican Council. Curia officials had spent much of the 44 months between the day Pope John XXIII announced the council until it actually began planning for how they believed it should be carried out.

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Kenyan mothers helped by doctors, Church

Bishop Fred Henry

October 15, 2012

Every year, it is estimated that 500,000 women die in childbirth and pregnancy in the developing world and nine million children die before their fifth birthday. Many of these deaths could be prevented by ensuring access to public health care and services.

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