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A peaceful heart embraces generosity, wisdom, kindness

Mark Pickup

September 30, 2013

All violence begins in the human heart. All war has its root in inner violence. A person who is at war with himself will soon cause strife for those around him. Whether in families or nation against nation, inner violence needs an object for its outward expression. It only stands to reason.

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Kill yourself, donate the organs: Get real!

Mark Pickup

September 16, 2013

I came across a headline that posed a bold idea: "Killing MS Patients via Assisted Suicide to Harvest their Organs?" As a theoretical question for provocative bioethicists to ponder or advocate, it may be interesting, but I live in the real world far from academia. The real world is being asked to answer that very question, by a woman with advanced MS.

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Majestic mountain named after a strong Christian witness

Mark Pickup

September 2, 2013

If you go into Jasper National Park, you may see the beautiful and majestic Mount Edith Cavell. The mountain's namesake was the daughter of an Anglican vicar. Edith Cavell (1865-1915) was a British nurse and patriot during the First World War.

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Indifference to those who suffer lurks behind excuses

Mark Pickup

August 26, 2013

Recently I read about a family that took a stranger into their home. He has no family and is slowly dying with a terminal disease.

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Provincial cuts keep disabled housebound

Mark Pickup

July 1, 2013

The provincial government is going to cut home support services to people with disabilities. Why? The obvious answer is to reduce expenditures in a time of lower government revenues.

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Morgentaler's legacy lives on for society to tend and heal

Mark Pickup

June 17, 2013

When I heard that Henry Morgentaler had died, my initial response was a hope that he experienced a deathbed conversion.

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God allows suffering to enable us to share in his redemptive love

Mark Pickup

May 27, 2013

Pope John Paul II once said that the answer to the "why" of suffering depends on the ability to comprehend the sublimity of divine love. Unfortunately for most of us, it is beyond our ability to comprehend the wonder and perfection of God's love. Left to my own means, I could not comprehend it; the "why" of suffering would remain unanswered.

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Abortionist trial reveals horrific slaughter of babies

Mark Pickup

May 13, 2013

A murder trial is playing out in Pennsylvania. In 2011, Philadelphia late-term abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell was charged with the murder of seven infants born alive after botched abortions. (Three of those charges were later dropped for lack of evidence.) Gosnell was also charged with the murder of Karnamaya Mongar, 41, who died of a medication overdose during an abortion at his clinic.

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Great throng of saints find hope at throne of the lamb

Mark Pickup

April 29, 2013

The Second Reading for Mass on April 21 was from Revelation chapter 7. In John's divine vision, he sees a great multitude of martyrs dressed in white standing before the throne of the Lamb (Christ).

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Christians should lobby for rights . . . but not our own

Mark Pickup

March 25, 2013

A hallmark of the modern age is an obsession with individual rights. It seems that every other day somebody is demanding his or her rights. Some people even demand rights that are not even written down anywhere or recognized by any legislature or court. Self-interest reigns supreme.

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