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Get up and be not afraid

Kathleen Giffin

March 14, 2011

Every Lent, on the Second Sunday, we hear a Gospel reading of the Transfiguration, the revelation to the disciples of the divinity of Jesus. Each of the three Scriptural accounts contain the same basic elements - the three disciples climb the mountain with Jesus who is transfigured before them; Moses and Elijah appear; and they hear the voice of the Father telling them: "This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!"

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Budgets mirror the values of Canadians

Joe Gunn

March 14, 2011

Shrug. Ask most Canadian Christians what a federal budget should contain, and a hopeless shrug might be the most common response.

Then again, some of us might tune in to the news to see if we can expect to pay more taxes, receive a tax break, or perhaps even come to expect new government services. If a budget only seems like big news for business, social advocacy organizations and politicians, however, we're missing the mark.

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The story of Israel is Mary's story

March 14, 2011
ANNE MARIE POSELLA
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

In 2009, my grandmother died a year before her 100th birthday. After the funeral, I dug up her old genealogy records, which traced our family's roots back 400 years to the habitants of New France.

As a child, I had spent hours listening to the stories that Gram had told about my long-ago ancestors. What courage had led these men and women to Canada, bringing little more than the faith! The early settlers had faced terrible hardships as they made a life for their families in this new land.

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Lent lets us give up so we can be more

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March 7, 2011

Lent, as is often noted, is the Old English word for spring. This year, with Ash Wednesday abnormally late on March 9, the beginning of Lent is that much closer to the official start of spring. Already, even if the weather is not spring-like, the sun is more in evidence and the end of winter's blasts are in sight. more . . .

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Churchgoers’ healthy passion too often flares into burning anger

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 7, 2011

I work and move within Church circles and find that most of the people I meet there are honest, committed and for the most part radiate their faith positively. Most churchgoers aren't hypocrites. What I do find disturbing though is that too many of us can be bitter, angry, mean-spirited and judgmental, especially in terms of the values that we hold most dear. more . . .

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Lent — a time to pause, pray, praise

Maria Kozakiewicz

March 7, 2011

In my memories, Lent has always been associated with early spring and penance. On one side, you have the end of partying and fun, which are replaced with fasts, solemn songs in church, as well as various voluntary deprivations. On the other, you begin to feel the promise of spring in the air. more . . .

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The Church we believe in is catholic

Lesley-Anne Knight.

March 7, 2011
 

Exactly one year ago this week, I was in Port au Prince in Haiti, and it was just a month after the catastrophic earthquake that destroyed much of that city. I was with Pere Chadik, the director of Caritas Haiti, and after taking me around the ruins of the cathedral, where Archbishop Joseph Serge Miot had been killed, we went to the Catholic seminary. more . . .

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Dialogue with youth, laity essential in a changing world

March 7, 2011
BILLY ISENOR, OFM
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

The news these days is filled with talk of revolutions and uprisings. In the Middle East, we see old oppressive autocratic regimes being threatened and conquered by grassroots movements that are started by young adults who use Facebook and other social media to drum up support. more . . .

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Bethlehem University should drop politics

Fr. Raymond de Souza

March 7, 2011

I look forward to visiting Bethlehem University when in the Holy Land and, if time permits, introducing pilgrims to the campus and the students. Run by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Bethlehem University was the first university in the West Bank, founded in 1973. more . . .

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In Mary's transparent faith, God reveals the light of Christ

March 7, 2011
ANNE MARIE POSELLA
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

In the sunny window of my mother's kitchen hangs a fragile, blown-glass vessel. Inside its clear outer globe are a number of tiny angelic figures, all facing inward.

However, it is only when I turn the glass and examine its many facets that I see the image of the Eucharist appear at its centre. It is only when the sun shines through this delicate prism that the colours hidden in the light refract and shimmer on the walls and ceiling of the room. more . . .

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