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Cathedrals restore, let souls soar

Fr. Raymond de Souza

November 15, 2010

At the heart of every culture is its cult. Cult includes what is worshipped, what is placed at the centre of communal life, what is deemed worthy of the greatest exertions of talent and treasure. more . . .

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Beloved children created by IVF technique

November 15, 2010
MARY ANN SOSA
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Last night, during our family prayer, my 15-year-old son raised a topic that he read in the WCR entitled "Vatican official blasts Nobel Prize selection," referring to the selection of British scientist Robert Edwards, as a Nobel Prize winner for the development of in vitro fertilization (IVF). My son cannot understand why there was so much controversy around this Nobel Prize. more . . .

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Drink the fine wine found in John Paul II’s Rich in Mercy

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November 15, 2010

This month marks the 30th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s second encyclical, Rich in Mercy. While John Paul’s first encyclical, Redeemer of Humanity, showed how Jesus reveals man to himself, Rich in Mercy spoke of how Jesus reveals the Father. What Jesus reveals about the Father is love, in particular, his mercy. more . . .

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Religious activity can be a barrier to intimacy with God

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 15, 2010

In my more reflective moments, I am sometimes forced to ask myself: Am I really interested in God or am I only interested in things about God? Am I more interested in teaching, speaking and writing about God than I am in actually meeting God, one to one, in prayer and silence? more . . .

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Refugees held hostage in proposed legislation

Bob McKeon

November 15, 2010

This past August, the eyes of a nation were upon a rusty cargo ship, the Sun Sea, carrying 492 Tamil men, women and children as it approached Vancouver Island. There was a heated debate about the state of Canada’s immigration and refugee policies and the integrity of Canada’s borders. more . . .

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Christ the King wants to reign in our hearts

John Connelly

 

November 15, 2010

Deep in our hearts we all long for a good king. A leader who will reign over us with love and compassion. A leader who will be fair, just and protect us all from evil. more . . .

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The prison of unrealistic expectations

November 15, 2010
AUSTIN MARDON
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

My wife commented that her family of six thrived in an 800-square-foot home, with only one bathroom. I wondered when we began to believe that we needed so much more. more . . .

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Slaughter of Christians drives nail into Iraqi Church’s coffin

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November 8, 2010

The massacre of 58 Catholics in Baghdad’s Our Lady of Salvation Cathedral Oct. 31 was far from being the worst incident of violence since the U.S. invasion of the country in 2003. But it was the worst slaughter of Christians and it occurred in a place of worship. The event may well drive nails into the coffin of the Church in that blood-stained country. more . . .

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We kill first with a thought, then a word, then a gun

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 8, 2010

In the early pages of the Bible, we are given a series of stories that describe the human condition and give reasons why things are as they are. We are most familiar with the story of Adam and Eve, eating the forbidden fruit, the one we call the “original sin” story. more . . .

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Advent’s meaning reveals God’s Love for us

Mark Pickup

November 8, 2010

The first snowfall of the season fell overnight. I suppose that children throughout the city awoke to the surprise and excitement of seeing snow on the ground. My grandchildren were no exception. They looked out the window and danced gleefully around the living room. My four-year-old granddaughter asked to hear Christmas music. Christmas music in October? Sure, why not! more . . .

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