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Lasha Morningstar

Focus on royals diverts attention from negative news

Lasha Morningstar
June 1, 2015

I once wondered why my mother kept a scrapbook of photos of the royal family. She would cut out the candid and posed shots from newspapers and magazines and paste them in big, blue scrapbooks. The scrapbooks were for her eyes and hands only. But I would catch glimpses of the pages when she would sit at the library table in the living room, gluepot and scissors at the ready, leafing through The Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, and Life Magazine.

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Racism reveals its ugly face in myriad ways

Lasha Morningstar
May 18, 2015

Television news cameras put us right in the thick of the recent riots in Baltimore's underbelly. Looting. Police pelted by rocks. A local pharmacy's shelves are picked clean and the building burnt. Demonstrators are wacked with batons. President Barack Obama calls the looters criminals, but he also said there have been "too many instances" where police appear to interact with people – mostly black, mostly poor – "in ways that raise troubling questions."

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Mercy is a verb more than a noun

Lasha Morningstar
May 4, 2015

Hearts sang when they heard Pope Francis proclaim 2015-16 extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy. Mercy, said the pope, is "the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to a hope of being loved forever despite our sins." If ever this world needed mercy, it is now. Usually this word means someone who has power over another forgives, gives the person who has done an alleged wrong, a second, maybe even a third or fourth chance.

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Physicians should be allowed to follow their consciences

Lasha Morningstar
April 20, 2015

Be aware, dear reader. You might have to come to the defence of your doctor. Take a look at what is happening to Catholic, Christian and other doctors who are pro-life in Ontario. Their governing body, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, told them if a patient asks for a procedure they are unwilling to do because of their personal and/or religious ethics, they must refer the patient to someone they know will do the procedure.

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Changing world cries out to us to find new ways to live

Lasha Morningstar
April 6, 2015

At times it is a Humpty Dumpty world. The news is too negative. Everything is changing in our personal world, neighbourhood, city, province, country, the entire globe. One can experience a loss of control. Religious leaders recognize society's growing isolation and caution us against selfishness, lack of community.

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Silence is one of God's greatest gifts

Lasha Morningstar
March 23, 2015

Silence. That is one powerful word. When there is not a vestige of a sound, brain cells dance the synapse of thoughts, whirling through one's mind, opening secret doors, letting answers and truth fly out. Sometimes it can be joyful. Sometimes one staggers with pain. Silence is hard to come by in this clattering world. But oh is it precious.

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Finding Lenten spirit came through a long journey

Lasha Morningstar
March 9, 2015

Friday afternoon in the northern Ontario town where I lived was pure anguish. The whistle from the canning factory would blast and the Catholic kids would come charging up the street to the fish and chips wagon. There would be some jostling and the chip lady would bark out a "Mind you manners now or you go to the back of the line."

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Instead of opting for death, Canada, let's fight for life

Lasha Morningstar

February 23, 2015

People are cheering, people are crying. But for too many, the realization of what has just happened has not sunk in yet. The Supreme Court just said sure, it's OK for someone to be put to death by a physician. The nicey nice name for it is physician-assisted suicide. Yes, I have listened to emotion-filled voices of relatives tell of watching relatives and/or friends die lingering, painful deaths.

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Mounties are police officers who are close to the people

Lasha Morningstar

February 9, 2015

The station manager at the television station where I was working many years ago came over with a watchful look on his face. He handed me a sheet. It was the RCMP's anniversary. The number of years I have forgotten. What the manager was offering was some freelance apart from my regular work. The job? Write two-minute scripts about the Mounties for radio. Fresh out of SAIT and strapped for money, I said a quick "Sure."

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Holy voices best heard amidst the silence

Lasha Morningstar

January 26, 2015

Listen. I find it hard to do. Every time I kneel to pray, sit to pray, lie in bed to pray, adore to pray – even walk the dog and pray – I almost always, at some point during the prayer, whisper to God or the Holy Mother, "I don't think I am listening right." If no one is around, I even say out loud "Are you there God?" To tell you the truth, if I heard a booming voice reply "I certainly am," I'd probably run lickety-split to the doctor's office and say "I think I've got a problem." No, I think my problem, the reason I cannot know if God, the Holy Mother or whomever I am praying to is there, hearing my entreaties, my heartfelt gratitude, is that usually I do not know how to listen.

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