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Senate leaves climate change out in the cold

Joe Gunn

December 13, 2010

The East Block of the Parliament Buildings has a special charm. Here you'll find high ceilings, stained glass windows, larger offices and much less of that harried buzz evident in the frenzied offices of MPs located in the other buildings on the Hill. more . . .

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Advent gifts come from the open heart

December 13, 2010
AUSTIN MARDON
KENNA MCKINNON
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Like The Little Drummer Boy we have few material gifts to bring this season of Advent. But we are blessed. more . . .

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Country trip to cut a Christmas tree creates family fun time

Lisa Persche

December 13, 2010

Ah, Christmas in the country. For city dwellers, the notion holds a special charm. Wistful songs have even been written about it. Our family gets a little taste of it when we travel to a 180-acre farm to harvest our own Christmas tree.

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A child is a creation of love, not scientific manipulation

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December 6, 2010

The 20th century theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar maintained there is an inseparable connection between love and truth. To know the truth is to perform an act of love. It is to step outside the confines of one's self and open oneself up to the object one is endeavouring to know. more . . .

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Desert is God’s place of comfort

December 6, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In his more than five years as pope, Benedict XVI has pulled no punches about the state of the Church. He has been gracious and appreciative of all the good that is being done. But he has also been forthright in facing what he calls “evil in the Church. more . . .

 

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Profound grief brings us to our knees in pain

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 6, 2010

What can we say in the face of deep loss, inconsolable grief, or unrequited obsessions? As a graduate student in Louvain, I once posed that question to the renowned psychologist, Antoine Vergote: "When you lose a loved one, either through death or because that person dies to you in some other way, what can you do? What can you say to help someone in that situation?" more . . .

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Rod of discipline can be a service of love

Fr. Raymond de Souza

December 6, 2010

What does the law have to do with love? Are they not antithetical? To follow the law is to be under a burden, to be compelled, to be constrained. To love, on the other hand, is to embrace the capacity to choose, to be creative, to be liberated. more . . .

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Advent teaches essential patience

Kathleen Giffin

December 6, 2010

My grandparents were born and raised in Liverpool, England. They met, fell in love and decided to come to Canada. My grandfather, still a young man, came alone at first, travelling by boat, then train to the end of the tracks. He bought a horse and cart and headed northwest to the property he had chosen. more . . .

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Why is hope so elusive even during advent?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

December 6, 2010

Advent is a season of hope but hope seems so elusive. We don't hear much about hope. Could you explain it? more . . .

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Only Christ's light can illuminate darkened hearts

Mark Pickup

December 6, 2010

We often think ignorance is a lack of knowledge, education or social training. But if ignorance is not knowing, then not knowing God is the greatest human ignorance. In my opinion, the human heart's ignorance of God is the primary crisis of the 21st century. more . . .

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