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In numbing the voice of pain, grief makes it hard to experience love of God

Mark Pickup

September 22, 2014

A family friend recently lost his wife after 65 years of marriage. Ted Byfield is heartbroken, except for one thing: He is a devout Christian. My wife and I sent him a sympathy card. A few weeks later we received a note of acknowledgement from Ted. He wrote, in part: "Many thanks for your card of condolence. I knew of course that my wife was a remarkable woman, but now that I am having to live without her I am discovering just how remarkable. . . .

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Chew on this! Canada's tax cuts take priority over ending poverty

Joe Gunn

September 22, 2014

My daughter just can't believe the poverty she has seen this past week. I was a bit surprised at this news, when she reached us by phone. Here, after all, is a young woman who has traveled to Ecuador, Chile, Guatemala and Bangladesh, and completed her university degree. She had just left for a six-month stint, along with 17 other young adults from Nicaragua and Canada, to live with host families, learn each other's customs and work with social agencies.

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World stands idly by as terrorists wreak havoc in Iraq

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September 8, 2014

Again the world has been impotent in the face of a major humanitarian crisis, this time in the area of northeastern Iraq controlled by Islamic State terrorists. Although nations have deplored the massacres and other forms of terrorism of the ISIS militants, little has been done beyond U.S. bombing raids. Those raids are themselves morally problematic as they are unilateral actions by one nation, rather than a coherent response from the global community.

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Life of goodness can sap our joy and leave us bitter

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 8, 2014

Sometimes everything can seem right on the surface while, deep down, nothing is right at all. We see this, for example, in the famous parable in the Gospels about the Prodigal Son and his Older Brother. By every appearance the Older Brother is doing everything right: He's perfectly obedient to his father, is at home and is doing everything his father asks of him. Unlike his younger brother, he's not wasting his father's property on prostitutes and partying. He seems a model of generosity and morality.

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The cross brings life amidst our turmoil

Maria Kozakiewicz

September 8, 2014
Triumph of the Cross
September 14, 2014

The story of the bronze serpent made by Moses and mounted on the pole has its own sequence of events. The tragedy begins, as always, in growing forgetfulness of God and lack of gratitude. As life in the desert gets tougher, the thoughts of the wanderers shift from God's past miracles and focus on present dissatisfaction, the meagre food and the absence of the lush greenery of Egypt's delta.

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John Paul's words must not be forgotten

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September 8, 2014

Next week will mark the 30th anniversary of Pope St. John Paul II's Sept. 16-17, 1984 visit to Edmonton, an historic moment for the local Church. The 10-day papal visit was, in fact, a landmark in Canadian Catholic history, a period during which the attention of the nation was riveted on the pope, his message and the Church itself.

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Loss hides behind shadow of grief

Lasha Morningstar

September 8, 2014

It's been weeks now, but Robin Williams' death still spills teardrops of sadness into our thoughts. Almost everyone on Planet Earth was touched by his madcap humour that grabbed up our frazzled minds and took us away from worries that come with everyday life. Usually we have a certain favourite memory of this actor, be it Patch Adams, Dead Poets Society or when he would sandbag a talk show host with his brilliant but mad humour.

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Only wisdom can combat relativism

John Connelly

September 8, 2014
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 21, 2014

One truth is inescapable: We will all face reality in the end. Whatever we have made of our lives will be known. As human beings we can deny reality but we cannot escape it. Reality is not something we make up or produce on our own.

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Bitter fruits of 'an adventure without return'

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September 8, 2014

As terror rages out of control in Iraq and Syria, one should not forget the First Gulf War, begun in 1991, that was so deeply deplored at the time by Pope St. John Paul II and other Church leaders. The sainted pope pleaded with the leaders of Iraq and the United States to avoid a war stemming from Iraq's invasion of Kuwait the previous summer.

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Wisdom needed to avoid ecological disasters

Bob McKeon

September 8, 2014

This summer I decided to take holiday time far away from Edmonton. I went to Ireland with family and friends. While visiting Galway Cathedral, I stopped to browse in the cathedral bookstore. There I purchased an interesting book on Catholic ethical reflections on nuclear power titled Fukushima. It was by an Irish priest, Sean McDonagh, who is a leading Catholic environmental writer. As I sat down, many miles from home to do a quick browse through the book, I came across a section on the Alberta bishops and their June 2009 statement, Pastoral Reflections on Nuclear Energy in Alberta.

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