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God writes the story of faith with crooked lines

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 23, 2013

If someone who had never heard the story of Jesus were to ask us about his origins, we would, I suspect, begin with the story of his annunciation and birth and end with the story of his resurrection and ascension.

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Poets of the ages tell of Christ's birth with evocative words

Ralph Himsl

December 23, 2013
Christmas
December 25, 2013

While studying the readings for Christmas, I realized the poetry of the message they contained. Isaiah's words exult; the Psalm rejoices; Paul's letter to Titus wins for its intimacy.

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Make forgiveness the centre of your life

Mark Pickup

December 23, 2013

On the last Sunday of 2013, the second Mass reading is from Colossians. St. Paul's instructions to God's people of the first century are instructive to Christians of the 21st century. "Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience." He says we are to bear with one another and forgive each other just as Christ forgives us.

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Christmas douses crossfires among relatives, co-workers

Bishop Fred Henry

December 23, 2013

A recurring theme of the feasts, stories and songs of Christmas is reconciliation – vertical and horizontal reconciliation. We experience being forgiven by God and others. We are also empowered to forgive others, ourselves, and even God. The alienated and the estranged are united.

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Policy work ensures what we say is what happens in the system

Gordon Self

December 23, 2013

There is a lot of policy work to health care that often goes unrecognized. After all, some cynics might say, it is just a bunch of paper that no one bothers to read. Our real job is getting on with the business of running the health system and saving lives. I agree.

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Despite imperfections, calendars bring us to moments of celebration

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

December 23, 2013

The end of one year and the beginning of another is strange in anyone's language. Enormous energy is expended preparing for a transition time that is, let's be honest, fictional at best.

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Mandela chose peace; Mugabe opted for the path of division

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December 16, 2013

Nelson Mandela is rightly being eulogized as a great world leader who endured imprisonment and brought about a peaceful end to South Africa’s apartheid regime. Mandela’s greatness should be seen in contrast with the corruption of Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe. Their early lives and political situations were similar; the fruits of their political stewardship could not be more different.

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Set your spiritual alarm clock and embrace life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 16, 2013

In his autobiography, Report to Greco, Nikos Kazantzakis recounts a conversation he once had with an old monk. Kazantzakis, a young man at the time, was visiting a monastery and was very taken by a famed ascetic, Father Makarios, who lived there. But a series of visits with the old monk left him with some ambivalent feelings as well.

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Advent – a time of waiting for the Divine Physician

John Connelly

December 16, 2013
Fourth Sunday in Advent
December 22, 2013

The last few days I have not been feeling well. Some sort of winter flu in my chest, causing the usual aches and pains. I am always amazed how our perspective changes when we are not well. We become lethargic, withdrawn and generally miserable with the thoughts looped in our brain. I hope I get better soon.

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Why is St. Barnabas rarely mentioned?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

December 16, 2013

In reading Church history, I found that Barnabas was the only educated disciple among the early followers of Jesus. Barnabas was well-versed in Hebrew and Aramaic, the languages in which Jesus preached. I find it surprising that little is mentioned of his own account of Jesus' preaching.

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