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Suicide, like some diseases, can sadly be untreatable

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 31, 2011

Recently a friend attended the funeral of a man who had taken his own life. At the end of the service the deceased man's brother spoke to the congregation. After highlighting his brother's generosity and sensitivity and sharing some anecdotes that helped celebrate his life he went on to say something about the manner of his death.

Here, in effect, are his words:

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Artist's portrayal seems to contradict Gospel Story

Maria Kozakiewicz

October 31, 2011
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 6, 2011

We all know this story: five foolish maidens, who fail to bring extra oil for their festive lamps end up in darkness, locked out from the wedding feast, while the other five maidens, who were wise, refused to share their extra supplies of oil out of concern that the bridegroom would be refused entry to the wedding hall.

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Guidebooks lead us through life, death

October 31, 2011

The Art of Dying and Living: Lessons from Saints of Our Time

Finding Hope in Times of Grief

REVIEW by NANCY ROBERTS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Hundreds of years ago, our Christian forebears sought to learn to die well. They even wrote guidebooks about the art of dying (ars moriendi), hoping to inspire others to achieve a sense of spiritual completion and fulfillment at life's end.

But in our modern age, such signposts are few indeed. Our loved ones often die not at home, but in hospitals at some remove from us. And so we approach death largely untutored, bewildered and unprepared, writes Kerry Walters, a former hospital chaplain.

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Does Jesus connect food to Christian Life?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

October 31, 2011

With Thanksgiving just behind us and Christmas coming up when eating meals together is important, I began to wonder what Jesus said or did to connect food to Christian spiritual life.

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An apology that was a real apology

Fr. Raymond de Souza

October 31, 2011

In Kingston and Wolfe Island, where I work and live, Don Cherry occupies a rather unique place. He grew up in Kingston, and has a summer cottage on Wolfe Island. Here, he is one of our own.

In a larger sense too, Cherry is considered by many across Canada to be just that - one of our own in a way that few are. For that reason, from time to time the whole nation erupts in a great Cherry controversy. The Globe and Mail employs a fulltime columnist apparently for that reason alone.

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Healthy sex is predicated on both passion and chastity

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 24, 2011

Our world thinks it understands sex. It doesn't. Moreover it is beginning to ignore and even disdain how Christianity views sexuality.

We are paying a price for this, mostly without consciously realizing it: Sex, outside of its proper containers – respect, unconditional commitment and love – isn't bringing more joy into our lives, but is leaving us more fragmented and lonely.

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Make your life your living witness to God

Ralph Himsl

October 24, 2011
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 30, 2011

The Gospel readings for recent Sundays have Jesus engaged in discussions with priests, scribes, elders and Pharisees - community leaders in Jerusalem. He berates them in personal confrontations.

Even in their absence, as in today's Gospel, he discusses their failings in a forthright manner. He acknowledges their intimate knowledge of the law - the scribes for example, made copies of its texts and so knew them well. But their failure to live by its requirements drew Jesus' ire.

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Political control over religion corrupts

Bishop Fred Henry

October 24, 2011

With more than 100 religious leaders in attendance on Oct. 3, International Affairs Minister John Baird opened formal consultation on the creation of an Office of Religious Freedom.

The office's mandate is intended to promote and protect freedom of religion and belief, consistent with Canadian values such as freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. The office will operate within the department of foreign affairs and international trade.

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Compassion means being present to others

Gordon Self

October 24, 2011

Those visiting the new statue on the Alberta Legislature grounds recognizing the historic contribution of the Catholic sisters in our province may experience what I did when I first looked up at the stained glass plate in the hands of the bronze figure.

The sister's face is framed in one of the central glass panels focusing an array of warm light around the statue. Seeing her face in this light underscores the creative vision of artist Herman Poulin who attests the sisters' work as one of service, reflecting ultimately the light and compassion of Christ.

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Eucharist helps us realize the fullness of our humanity

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October 17, 2011

Pope John Paul II's first encyclical in 1979, The Redeemer of Humanity, was devoted to the nature of the human person. The pope explored the fullness of what it means to be human.

In the encyclical, the new pope quoted the statement from Vatican II's document on The Church in the Modern World that became his hallmark, being included in nearly every major document he would write: "In reality, it is only in the mystery of the Word made flesh that the mystery of man becomes truly clear." It is only by understanding Christ that one can fully understand the human person.

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