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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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Public rallies for MS mother threatened with losing children

Mark Pickup

April 9, 2012

There was a television news story recently that told of a young single mother they called Marie (not her real name) who has a severe case of multiple sclerosis. Her condition has degenerated so quickly that she needs a nanny to care for her two small children.

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Anointing of Sick brings union with Jesus, inner healing

Mark Pickup

March 26, 2012

There is a short passage about Jesus in the Book of Hebrews that I love: "In the days when he was in the flesh, he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered; and when he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him" (Hebrews 5.7-9).

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