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Once an up-and-comer, then isolated by disease, now loved by Jesus

Mark Pickup

February 21, 2011

Young people live with the foolish assumption they will always be strong and healthy. Young men are particularly susceptible to thinking they are invincible. When one of their own peers is cut down by disability or a serious incurable disease - like aggressive multiple sclerosis - it shakes them to their core. After initial shows of support, they often avoid the hurt or sick friend. more . . .

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Without casino funds, Catholic schools will become ‘poor cousins’

February 21, 2011
DR. ELIZABETH GILCHRIST
AND PAUL STOCCO
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

In the past few months we have read, with great interest, several articles on why the Edmonton Catholic School District should stop using casinos as a way to raise necessary funds for the District's 87 schools. more . . .

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God answered my prayer with a mini miracle

Mike Cooney

February 21, 2011
MIKE COONEY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

I feel compelled to write about the incredible gifts God has given me, some requested, some I pleaded for, some just suggested by me to be given within his will if he is listening and if he so desires. "Let thy will be done." Some gifts were also given out of his immense love that seemed to guide me into the better life. more . . .

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Who put the bang in the big bang

February 21, 2011
BR. JOACHIM OSTERMANN, OFM
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

The discovery that the universe started with a "big bang" out of an unimaginably small, hot and dense structure was a fascinating discovery.more . . .

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Becoming Canadian, all in the name of love

February 21, 2011
CATHERINE MARDON
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

On Jan. 16, Pope Benedict gave an address for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. He talked about the need for Christians to be welcoming to those from other lands. Globalization is leading the planet into increasing interconnectedness. more . . .

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Democracy is good, respect for human dignity is better

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February 14, 2011

The world should rejoice if the protests in Egypt lead to the establishment of democracy. The hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in Tahrir Square say this is what they want. They want free and fair elections, the rule of law, enforceable human rights and independent courts. Despite its weaknesses, democracy is much closer to the will of the people than is the arbitrary will of a dictator. more . . .

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Obsession with newer, faster toys a substitute for genuine enjoyment

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 14, 2011

Eighty-five years ago, G. K. Chesterton looked at his society and saw some things that disturbed him. Here’s his comment:

“There comes an hour in the afternoon when the child is tired of ‘pretending’; when he is weary of being a robber or a noble savage. It is then that he torments the cat. There comes a time in the routine of an ordered civilization when the man is tired at playing at mythology and pretending that a tree is a maiden or that the moon made love to a man. more . . .

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Jesus is honoured by our service to the poor

Kathleen Giffin

February 14, 20111

I was the youngest of four siblings who together attended a country school. We lived on a farm, and if we forgot to take something in the morning, parents weren't called to ask them to bring it to school. more . . .

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Dropped subsidy can cut voter ballots

Joe Gunn

February 14, 2011

It's all the buzz in Ottawa — a federal election seems to be on the horizon. Vancouver South Liberal MP Ujjal Dossanjh has said a late spring election is all but "inevitable." more . . .

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Irish visitations avoid beer and blarney

Fr. Raymond de Souza

February 14, 2011

What will the apostolic visitation of Ireland accomplish?

In response to the sexual abuse crisis there, Pope Benedict decided last spring to send five bishops to carry out a visitation - ecclesiastical parlance for an investigation — of the archdioceses and seminaries of Ireland. He chose quite a high-powered team: Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor of Westminster (retired), Archbishop Thomas Collins of Toronto and Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa. They have each been assigned one Irish archdiocese, and Archbishop Timothy Dolan has been assigned the Irish seminaries. more . . .

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