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Science proves life begins at conception

Mark Pickup

May 14, 2012

Some topics keep coming up for discussion. Irrefutable evidence can be presented to settle the issue but it may not be what people want to hear. They may ignore the evidence or decry it.

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Scrutiny of U.S. nuns opens door to future renewal

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May 7, 2012

The time immediately following the Second Vatican Council is often presented as one of great renewal in the Church. However, that impression is one-sided. While there was much change and renewal in the period right after the council, council teachings were often half-digested and there was much confusion.

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Heaven – a communion of saints alive with wit, colour, rollicking tales

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 7, 2012

In his autobiography Nikos Kazantzakis tells the story behind his famous book, Zorba the Greek. Zorba is partially fiction, partly history.

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Heroes blossom throughout the centuries

Ralph Himsl

May 7, 2012
Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 13, 2011

Today's Gospel finds us in a time of intense teaching by Jesus. It must have left the Apostles agape with wonder. In the few lines before today's Gospel reading, John tells us that Jesus has just explained his relationship with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

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Five-year goal offers a path to Good News

Lasha Morningstar

May 7, 2012

If ever there was a time for giving one's head a shake it's now. Governments, from provincial to global, are changing, people are rioting in the streets, environmental disasters grab the headlines. Then there is the shaky economy . . .

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Ascension calls us to lift up our hearts

Fr. Ayodele Ayeni CsSP

May 7, 2012

One day, during her kindergarten class, a nun asked those who wanted to go to heaven to raise their hands. They all raised their hands, except for a little girl.

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Sacred space lets emptiness live

May 7, 2012
ANITA ALLSOPP
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Here in Chartres Cathedral we have an echo of what can be heard in the silence of nature – the distant flap of wings of geese, the thumping of prairie grouse, the sway of grass in the wind – all tiny whispers and angel wings announcing divine presence.

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Energy projects deserve both scientific and moral scrutiny

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April 30, 2012

Many people, especially those in the oil industry, will not lament the federal government's intention to restrict public input in the approval process for major energy projects to those directly affected. The approval process is cumbersome, they may say, in large part because of the role played by environmental groups with no direct interest in such projects.

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Living in the light demands transparency – no dark secrets

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 30, 2012

Several years ago, I was approached by man who asked me to be his spiritual director. He was in his mid-40s and almost everything about him radiated a certain health.

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Yield, trust in Jesus, let him live in us

John Connelly

 

April 30, 2012
Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 6, 2012

In today's Gospel, Jesus teaches us how to live as authentic Christians. He says . . . "Abide in me as I abide in you." (John 15.5). The word "abide" has interesting connotations.

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