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Many struggle with the coming of Christ

Mark Pickup

December 24, 2012

What does the coming of Christ mean to you? The reality of his presence means different things to different people. The wise men travelled a great distance with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to adore the newborn king. Why? A new star appeared in the sky.

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Christmas means opening our hearts to all

Mark Pickup

December 10, 2012

I was listening to a young woman on the radio. She talked about her childhood memory of receiving a Christmas shoebox. It was filled with toiletries, things for school and a small gift. She said the shoebox brought such joy to her. She has never forgotten that Christmas.

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Road from Bethlehem leads to Calvary

Mark Pickup

November 26, 2012

The theme for Mass on Nov. 25, the feast of Christ the King, may seem more suited to the weeks leading to Easter than the weeks leading to Christmas. To me, it is entirely consistent with the reason behind Advent.

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Christ draws close to those who suffer

Mark Pickup

November 12, 2012

My last column in the WCR appeared Sept. 24 just prior to surgery I had for cancer. I want to express gratitude for the many kind words and prayers people extended to me. I am happy to report the surgery went well and I am on the mend.

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Columnist fighting cancer turns to Christ

Mark Pickup

September 24, 2012

I have been told I have cancer. We often hear that other people have the dreaded "C" word but now it is my turn.

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Canada's laws must care and protect life

Mark Pickup

July 16, 2012

Last month, British Columbia Judge Lynn Smith declared Canada's laws banning assisted suicide unconstitutional. Apparently it is not fair for severely disabled people to be denied suicide when healthy and able-bodied people can take their own lives. Really?

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Christ will wipe away your tears in heaven

Mark Pickup

June 11, 2012

The readings of Trinity Sunday should give assurance to all who suffer and long to be with Christ. The First Reading was from Deuteronomy 4. It reminds us of how God has been with humanity from the beginning. God has always been involved in human affairs and desires a relationship with people. He has not forsaken us.

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Christ is with us: Eternal life has begun

Mark Pickup

May 28, 2012

Jesus' prayer in the John chapter 17 is often referred to as the High Priestly Prayer. In verse three we read "Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ."

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Science proves life begins at conception

Mark Pickup

May 14, 2012

Some topics keep coming up for discussion. Irrefutable evidence can be presented to settle the issue but it may not be what people want to hear. They may ignore the evidence or decry it.

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Christ hears the purity of a child's Prayer

Mark Pickup

April 30, 2012

I entered my room to discover my five-year-old grandson looking up at a large crucifix on the wall above my bed. He turned and asked if that really happened. "Yes it did," I replied.

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