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Why is the collection plate put aside?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

November 28, 2011

I've noticed that when the collection plate is brought up to the altar with the bread and wine, the money is put aside or moved away from the altar. Does not that make the money offering unworthy of the altar and of blessing?

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Pro-life doesn't stop at the moment of birth

November 28, 2011
KELLY WILSON
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

A controversy arose this fall in Winnipeg surrounding the relationship between Catholic schools and anti-abortion activities such as the recently-ended 40 Days for Life campaign.

In the midst of this controversy, one letter to the Winnipeg Free Press caught my attention by its objection to the designation "anti-abortion." "Pro-life," the author of the letter said, was to be preferred over "anti-abortion."

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Church revitalized when Gospel challenges us to lives of holiness

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November 21, 2011

St. Anthony of the Desert was a wealthy landowner in the third century. Upon walking into church one day when he was 34, he heard Jesus’ words proclaimed: “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me” (Matthew 19.21).

Anthony took those words literally. He gave away some of the family estate and sold the rest, giving the proceeds to the poor. He spent his remaining 57 years in the desert, living a life of asceticism and prayer, counselling people and inspiring the development of monasticism.

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Moral battles are won with reason, courtesy, respect

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 21, 2011

Today, both within society and the churches, we are finding it ever more difficult to resolve differences because our conversations are shot through with non-civility, name-calling, character-assassination and disrespect.

What’s particularly worrying is that we do this in the name of truth, cause, the Gospel and Jesus. We are giving ourselves permission to hate, demonize and disrespect each other in God’s name. Our cause seems so important that, consciously or unconsciously, we give ourselves permission to bracket some of the essentials of Christian charity, namely respect, graciousness, love and forgiveness.

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Advent: we wait for Jesus to put things right

John Connelly

 

November 21, 2011
1st Sunday in Advent
November 27, 2011

Advent is a season of waiting. So we wait. We wait for the day when Jesus will set all things right. We wait for the day when love, mercy and justice will prevail. We wait for the day when the fruits of our faith will be manifest for all to see.

It is hard to wait. It is hard to see and feel the pain in this passing world. But it is precisely in this state of imperfect existence that we learn the most important lesson.

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Occupy camp applauds Robin Hood tax

Bob McKeon

November 21, 2011

A few weeks ago, I received an email from one of the leaders of the Occupy Edmonton camp. He had just read about a statement issued from the Vatican a few days earlier about the global economic crisis. He asked if I or another rep from the Catholic archdiocese could attend a public rally being organized the following Saturday and talk about the Vatican statement.

The statement mentioned was titled Towards Reforming the International Financial Monetary Systems in the Context of Global Public Authority. It was issued by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

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Parents must nurture children's vocations

Mark Pickup

November 21, 2011

Archbishop Richard Smith's recent pastoral letter, Pastoral Priorities of the Archdiocese of Edmonton, identified vocation promotion as one of the three priorities along with evangelization and faith formation. My previous columns have addressed the latter two. Now I want to look at the promotion of vocations.

God calls us all to lives of faith, obedience and service. We who have welcomed Christ into our lives are called to "come follow me." We are called to make known the Gospel message throughout a hurting world. This can happen in various ways.

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Teacher of the faith underlines Christian call to discipleship

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November 14, 2011

In his catechesis at the Oct. 27 Nothing More Beautiful session, Archbishop Richard Smith provided a succinct, thorough overview of Christian discipleship. The text of his talk, which consumed four pages in last week's WCR, might not seem concise. However, rare is the talk that would more concisely provide a thorough-going alternative to the faulty notion that being a Catholic means a life of following rules.

The archbishop hangs his hat on the Second Vatican Council's teaching that the meaning of Christ's revelation is expressed not only by his words, but also through his actions. When we try to live as Christ lived – that is, to be a disciple – we run up against our own hypocrisy. Our actions never measure up to what we say we believe.

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Death takes us on a lonely path, the same as Jesus trod

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 14, 2011

When I was 22 years old, a seminarian, I was privileged to have a unique kind of desert experience. I sat with my siblings in a palliative care room for several weeks, watching my father die.

My father was young still, 62, and in good health until being struck with pancreatic cancer. He was a man of faith and he brought that to his final struggle. He wasn't afraid of God, whom he had served all his life, nor of the afterlife, which his faith assured him was to be joy-filled.

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Christ is King, on earth, as in heaven

 Lasha Morningstar

November 14, 2011
Christ the King
November 20, 2011

Mention monarchy and most folk's ears perk up. The most recent bit of chatter came out of Perth, Australia, when Commonwealth leaders gathered to discuss items of common interest.

England's Prime Minister David Gordon proposed changes to allow a royal's daughter to be queen, changing a centuries' old rule that said sons took precedence over older sisters.

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