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Quebec walks into darkness with systematic atheism

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June 13, 2011, 2011

To paraphrase the French philosopher, Jacques Maritain: The Quebec government cannot see that man must choose between two ways: the way of Calvary and the way of slaughter. Maritain's comment, made in 1938, was actually about the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.

But it is appropriate to describing the current path of government in Quebec which, having abandoned the Catholic faith, is now on a path of militant atheism. The government no doubt blindly believes this is a path of liberation for its people.

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Press your ear to God's heart; remember you were kissed by God

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 13, 2011

The Last Supper account in John's Gospel gives us a wonderful mystical image. The evangelist describes the beloved disciple as reclining on the breast of Jesus.

What's contained in this image? A number of things.

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God's love embraces, nourishes, woos us

Kathleen Giffin

June 13, 2011
Trinity Sunday — June 19, 2011

Our readings this Sunday present a beautiful consistency between the Old Testament and New.

The First Reading recounts Moses' reception of the Ten Commandments. When Moses had taken the tablets, "the Lord passed before Moses, and proclaimed, 'The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.'"

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Fair taxation plants the seeds of justice

Joe Gunn

June 13, 2011

Canadians elected a new government last month and this month saw a new federal budget. There shouldn't have been any surprises, as the Conservatives won their majority on the promise of deficit reduction and low taxes.

One way to evaluate the budget is simply to ask if the governing party actually did what it promised to do. Christians might pose a deeper reflection: Does this budget deliver for those in need, while responsibly and fairly sharing the burden?

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What are the Spirit's fruits and gifts?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

June 13, 2011

What is the difference between the gifts and the fruits of the Holy Spirit?

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Spirit's power came alive in surprising explosion of Pentecost

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June 6, 2011

In reading the history of the Second Vatican Council, one cannot help but be awestruck by the enormous trust Blessed Pope John XXIII had in the Holy Spirit. Elected pope at the age of 78, Angelo Roncalli was expected to be a caretaker pope, someone who minded the store for a few years after the long pontificate of Pope Pius XII.

Instead, three months after his election, Pope John called a council of the whole Church. Perhaps he had been waiting in the weeds, hoping for his chance to impose his agenda on an unsuspecting Church? This was nothing of the sort. Pope John had felt a glimmer of an insight, a little spark from the Holy Spirit and realized he must act.

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Forgiveness is the deep secret to joy, dispels bitterness

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 6, 2011

Somewhere near his 75th birthday, Morris West wrote a series of autobiographical essays entitled, A View From the Ridge. In the Prologue of that book he suggests that at age 75 you need to have only one word left in your spiritual vocabulary, gratitude, and that maturity is attained precisely at that moment when gratitude begins to drown out and cauterize the hurts in your life.

As he describes it: Life has served me as it serves everyone, sometimes well and sometimes ill. But I have learned to be grateful for the gifts of it, for the love that began it and the other loves with which I have been so richly endowed.

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The Holy Spirit plants seeds in everyone

Maria Kozakiewicz

June 6, 2011
Pentecost - June 12, 2011

A couple of days ago I witnessed the Confirmation of 78 children, my two grandsons among them, in the lovely Holy Trinity Church in Spruce Grove. It was a memorable evening and the green fields around the church and the flowers growing around it were a perfect setting for the youth and a symbol for growth.

Although this was a weekday evening and many people must have had a long working day behind them, the church was packed with families and friends of the confirmed. The atmosphere was so joyous, even my own old heart was dancing.

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Canadians deserve a beautiful missal

Fr. Raymond de Souza

June 6, 2011

Canadian parishes will begin preparing soon for the new translation of the Mass, to be implemented in Advent 2011. Yet one decision needs to be made sooner; parishes must order their copies of the new Roman Missal (the book of prayers for Mass used at the altar).

The missal must be beautiful. Anything that is not beautiful should never be on the altar. Our supreme worship of the Lord requires beauty.

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Apologetics arms Christians so they can defend their hope

Gordon Self

June 6, 2011

My dictionary defines apologetics as a "systematic and logical defence of Christianity against its detractors and unbelievers." In 1 Peter 3.15, Christians are told to be ready to give a reason (apologia) for their hope in Christ.

Apologetics can draw people to Christ as we read in the Acts of the Apostles with St. Peter at Pentecost. Peter's sermon was a classic example of apologetics. It drew 3,000 people to faith in Christ. St. Paul's witness in Athens was another example of apologetics. It is documented in Acts 17.17-34.

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