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Bear witness to the ecumenism of time

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January 20, 2014

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity serves as an annual reminder that we ought to listen more than we speak. As Catholics, we trust that our Church is the guarantor of revealed religious truth.

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Good morning fools and dead colleagues!

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

January 20, 2014

Recently a senior member of the university's legal firm sent an email to us. It began, "Hi Fools"! This is not an inspiring salutation first thing in the morning, and especially so from a lawyer working on a sensitive matter.

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How do we determine the real prophets?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

January 20, 2014

Group Bible study (Isaiah) led me to wonder the following: What is a prophet? Do we have prophets among us today? Who are they and what is their message? How can we separate the wheat from the chaff?

 

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Canadian churches played key role in battling apartheid

Joe Gunn

January 20, 2014

Last month, my wife and I were invited to a pre-screening of the feature-length film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Ironically, we previewed this picture on the day that the incredible South African leader died. A moment of deep silence fell upon those in attendance before the movie began, leaving us with our own thoughts of his legacy.

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Unbelieving world celebrates, oblivious to Christmas' meaning

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December 23, 2013

If non-believers took the time to discover what Christians celebrate at Christmas, not only would they refuse to take part in the party, they would rise up and riot against what they would see as the most offensive example of religious exclusivism in history.

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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
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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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