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Glen Argan

Sharing suffering is the first step on path to ending hatred

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November 18, 2013

The documentary film Two Sided Story tells of Parents Circle Families Forum, an organization in which bereaved family members of Palestinian and Israeli victims of violence meet to tell each other of the suffering they’ve experienced. The 18-year-old organization now has hundreds of members who are achieving reconciliation amidst the seemingly never-ending violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

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Ecumenical exchange of gifts calls for sharing of one's deepest self

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November 11, 2013

We congratulate local ecumenist Julien Hammond on his appointment to the international dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Disciples of Christ (WCR, Nov. 4). This may well be the only time this dialogue makes news - the Disciples of Christ is a small Church and such dialogues rarely catch the public eye.

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Educational emergency is a call for Christian discipleship

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November 4, 2013

Throughout his pontificate, Pope Benedict XVI sought to draw attention to what he called an "educational emergency" – a reduction of education from the formation of the human person in light of his or her transcendent vocation to the mere passing on of skills that make the modern economy hum.

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Evangelization begins in your community and home

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October 28, 2013

Pope Francis raised eyebrows when he recently labelled proselytism as "solemn foolishness." One might ask whether this means the Church is abandoning its mission of proclaiming the Gospel and opting for a philosophy of "live and let live"?

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Push for euthanasia not likely to end soon

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October 21, 2013

According to Canada's advocates for assisted suicide and euthanasia the time has come to overturn the law that prohibits those nefarious activities. And if the time has not come this year, then it will come next year, or the year after that or . . .. The push for so-called death with dignity will continue until the law is changed.

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Pope Francis rattles status quo as he strives for a new balance

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October 7, 2013

Throughout his first six months in the papacy, Pope Francis has shown clearly that he is a reformer pope. He is a man faithful to the Church’s teachings, but he is working to reform the Church’s structures and, more importantly, he calls all Catholics to reform the way we live the Gospel.

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A life of gratitude honours Jesus' gifts

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October 7, 2013
28th Sunday in Ordinary
October 13, 2013

What a great Gospel for the Thanksgiving weekend! Jesus heals 10 lepers and one of them, a Samaritan, realizing that he had been healed, turns back, prostrates himself at Jesus' feet and gives thanks.

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Pope Francis offers discerning view of leadership

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September 30, 2013

Reading between the lines of Pope Francis' interview with Antonio Spadaro of La Civilta Cattolica one finds a pope who is passionate about hearing the voice of God in the voice of the people. Pope Francis criticizes the man he was as head of the Jesuits in Argentina 40 years ago for being too authoritarian. Being authoritarian leads to many problems, but the one of greatest concern to the pope is that by being sure of the rightness of his own view, he made it impossible to hear anyone else.

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Praying the rosary, we can contemplate the face of Jesus

September 30, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Such a beautiful, simple prayer is the rosary. Prayed by small children and great saints, it leads us to see Jesus through the eyes of his mother.

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Angels a testament to porous line between material, spiritual

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September 23, 2013

Our relationship with angels is one of the clearest signs of the mentality with which we live. At one time, everyone saw the world as shot through with mystery. The line between the material and the spiritual was porous and few questioned that God, the saints and angels frequently affected our lives and our world.

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