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Catholics support the dignity of labour

Bob McKeon

April 18, 2011

The Jesuits in the United States have published a book on Catholic social teaching with the title Our Best Kept Secret. I am dismayed how often this turns out to be true, even with Catholics highly committed to practising their faith.

Twice in recent weeks I have sat down with Catholic men who over a period of many years have lived out their personal commitments to social justice though active involvement in their trade unions. In each case, they said they had never heard about Church teaching that addresses issues of human dignity in the workplace and that affirms the vital role labour unions play as agents for justice. In each case, they regretted not learning about their Church's social teaching decades earlier.

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Mary's 'pondering' at Jesus' crucifixion is a show of strength

April 11, 2011
ANNE MARIE POSELLA
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

As we enter Holy Week, and journey through the events of Christ's passion and death, we find ourselves once again beneath the cross with Mary. At first glance, she doesn't appear to be doing anything there. Scripture doesn't record any of her words or cries of protest.

However, Father Ron Rolheiser notes that her presence at the crucifixion is a Hebrew show of strength. She is standing firm and "pondering" in the biblical sense, beholding the work of God.

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Easter witnesses life's triumph over death

April 18, 2011
THOMAS RYAN, CSP
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Grieving — the painful physical, emotional, and spiritual journey that we go through to come to terms with the loss of someone through death, separation or divorce — is among the most sacred and the most human things one will ever undergo. It plummets us into the mysteries of life.

On a weekend during this season of Lent, members of my family experienced an emotional roller-coaster, marked by both death and new life.

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Nuclear tragedy underlines bishops' call for 'ethical reflection'

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April 11, 2011

In 2003, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued a report calling for the construction of 1,000 to 1,500 new nuclear power plants around the world by 2050. The rationale? Those plants could displace 15 to 20 per cent of the expected growth in carbon emissions.

By the grace of God, the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns have so far had only local implications for the health and safety of people. With roughly 450 nuclear power plants in operation today, it seems unlikely that future nuclear accidents will always be so localized.

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Our aging changing faces reveal the state of our souls

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 11, 2011

In one of James Carroll's early novels, he offers this poignant image: A young man is in the delivery room watching his wife give birth to their baby. The delivery is a difficult one and she is in danger of dying. As he stands watching, he is deeply conflicted: He loves his wife, is holding her hand and is frantically praying that she not die.

Yet the impending birth of their child and the danger of his wife's death conspire to make him acutely aware that, deep in his heart, he has not forgiven her for once being unfaithful to him.

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God gives opportunities for surrender, obedience

April 11, 2011

One of the realities that Passion Week points to is the depth of love that motivated Jesus to, as Paul tells us, empty himself of his God form "taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness." In that human form he humbled himself and became obedient, to the Father, even to death on a cross.

I find it difficult to grasp that reality because the radical difference between the nature of God and the nature of the human person makes it hard to comprehend the degree of gift that is inherent in Jesus' action.

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Pornography exacts a hefty price tag

Bishop Fred Henry

April 11, 2011

"What the world needs now is _______."

If most of us were asked to fill in the above blank, we'd likely say "love" and would likely echo the Luther Vandross lyrics of "What the world needs now, Is love, sweet love, It's the only thing, That there's just too little of."

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Voting guidance offered by bishops, CPJ

Joe Gunn

April 11, 2011

Will you vote on May 2? Are the issues that touch your life being discussed by the candidates in ways that represent your values? Does your faith have any bearing on how you vote?

Canada's Catholic bishops hope your answers to these questions are all a resounding "yes." So they have released a guide for voters eligible to participate in next month's federal election.

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Reconciliation creates a path of mercy

Fr. Raymond de Souza

April 11, 2011

Michael O'Brien, the leading Catholic novelist in the English language, has sent millions of words into print. He has painted numerous sacred images which tell their own stories, pictures being worth thousands of words.

Yet the words he spoke on March 28 at Saint Paul's University in Ottawa had an uncommon power, for they were a personal testimonial of grace.

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Trauma in the temple leads Mary to put her hope in the Lord

April 11, 2011
ANNE MARIE POSELLA
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

When my goddaughter was very young, I took her to Mass at my church. She sat quietly on my lap, absorbed in contemplation. It was Jesus who lived in that little gold house behind the altar. She frowned in puzzlement as she pondered this mystery, obviously wondering why she couldn't see him.

Suddenly, her face cleared. With a delighted smile, she turned to me and exclaimed with childlike logic, "I know why Jesus is hiding. He wants me to come and find him!"

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