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Resurrection empowers us to set our sights on higher things

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April 25, 2011

The great Second Reading for Easter Sunday provokes a challenge: "If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth" (Colossians 3.1-2).

After the discipline of Lent and the glory of the Triduum liturgies we might just believe that, with God's grace, we can do it. Now is the time to be completely focused on seeking the things that are above and turning our backs on things that are on earth.

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John's Passion puts us all on trial — and the verdict frees us

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 25, 2011

Each year on Good Friday the Passion of Jesus Christ according to John is read aloud in our churches. John's Gospel, as we know, was written later than the other Gospels, perhaps some 70 years after Jesus died, and those years gave John plenty of time to reflect upon Jesus' death and highlight a number of aspects that are not as evident in the other Gospels. What are those special aspects?

John's narrative of Jesus' death highlights his trial. The bulk of John's account focuses on Jesus' trial and the eventual judgment that he be put to death.

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Love compels you to forgive sins

Ralph Himsl

April 25, 2011
Second Sunday in Easter — May 1, 2011

An age ago or perhaps even more than two, in the faraway city of Saskatoon, gleaming so brightly as it seemed on the Prairies, I sat in an audience transfixed by the speaker, James Mahoney, then bishop of the Diocese of Saskatoon.

Memory tells me that he spoke on the "three things that last" from 1 Corinthians 13.13, the justly famous faith, hope and love. He spoke for 35 minutes with insight, good sense and humour, without a glance at a note.

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We are responsible for our own health

Gordon Self

April 25, 2011

I have seen a growth in public service announcements over the years promoting physical fitness and health. The ParticipACTION commercials of the early '70s (that is, Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod of BodyBreak) stand out in my memory among the first, followed by anti-smoking cartoons, agricultural producers endorsements, UV Index reports and consumer tips based on Canada's Food Guide.

While these all serve to educate Canadians about healthy lifestyle choices, proponents of preventive medicine argue more can be done to wake people up that you and I — not doctors, or "the health care system" — are ultimately responsible for our health.

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Words of consecration will change to provide a truer translation

Fr. Raymond de Souza

April 25, 2011

Many Catholics are reading the pope's most recent book, Jesus of Nazareth, Holy Week, as spiritual reading this Holy Week. Does many mean all?

Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI sheds light on a matter that English-speaking Catholics will encounter later this year. The new translation of the Roman Missal, which will take effect in Advent 2011, changes the words of institution, the words the priests says to consecrate the bread and wine, transubstantiating them into the Body and Blood of Christ. Holy Week is a good time to examine that.

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Living the virtue of chastity is a step-by-step process

Bishop Fred Henry

April 25, 2011

Our faith takes with joyful seriousness the mystery of the Incarnation: that the Son of God took flesh for our salvation. Jesus' body scourged, crucified and risen for us, tells us that God uses the human body to make his love present in our world. The body is our doorway to salvation, and so how we treat it matters.

Sexuality is a gift from God and a fundamental part of what makes us human. Each of us is called to acknowledge this gift and the One who gave it.

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Government ignores Easter's sanctity with advance poll dates

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April 18, 2011

It apparently is not a matter of great concern to Canada's political leaders that advance polling for the May 2 election will be conducted on Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Monday. A Christian nation would surely find a way to avoid having the electoral process trampling on the most holy season of the year.

Christians are perhaps more accepting of this situation than we would have been a few decades ago. After all, just about any religious holiday has been open season for shoppers for some time.

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Life's unquiet frontiers mask a hunger for faith

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 18, 2011

Few books have garnered as much respect during the past five years as has Charles Taylor's A Secular Age.

That respect is well deserved. Given secularity's convoluted history, there isn't any one, normative study that traces its evolution; but, if there was, Taylor's analysis might apply for the distinction. Deeply versed in history, philosophy, literature, theology and spirituality, Taylor has a deep well within which to dip to make his analysis. Few scholars, to my mind, bring so wide and deep a scholarship to the area of history and faith.

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Easter brings a sunrise of hope and joy

John Connelly

 

April 18, 2011
Easter — April 24, 2011

When I think of Easter I think of a sunrise. A sunrise like no other. Light, happiness, peace. Joy that fills our entire being. A hope that will never fade. A new beginning for all who desire truth, justice and love to reign.

We Christians need to meditate on Easter and its meaning for our lives today. It is the great miracle of re-creation. The song that brings life to the world. The moment when the veil of human sorrow is lifted from our hearts.

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Christ's resurrection heals broken hearts

Mark Pickup

April 18, 2011

Have you ever been so heartbroken and had your hopes so shattered that you could scarcely consider what your future holds or whether you even had a future? That is what it must have been like for the disciples the day after Jesus was crucified.

They had placed their faith in him and dared to hope he was the Messiah and now he lay dead in a tomb. The terrible events of the previous day left them numb and heartsick. The raw grief within the remaining 11 disciples must have felt like a gaping wound pulsating in their chests.

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