Columns

Seek out moments of joy to ease the pain

Lisa Persche

December 20, 2010

Many people are filled with joyful anticipation and festive good cheer at this time of the year. But some are filled with anxiety and dread, and wish to get the holidays over with as quickly and uneventfully as possible. more . . .

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Incarnation means year-long love for the marginalized

December 20, 2010
BILLY ISENOR, OFM
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

This time of year brings about the usual cliché themes that are preached in the Church. For example, we hear messages about helping others, reconciliation and focusing on God amidst the commercialism of Christmas. As one of my Facebook friends posted on their wall: “Let us put the ‘Christ’ back into Christmas!” more . . .

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Catholic schools instill human values as well as faith

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December 13, 2010

David King, executive director of the Alberta Public School Boards Association, has announced that he will launch a petition calling for the end of public funding of separate schools. King, education minister in the Lougheed years, believes Alberta would be best served by taking away Catholics' constitutional rights and ensuring that the province has a monochromatic school system. more . . .

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Jesus’ virgin birth demanded the sanctity of a surrendered heart

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 13, 2010

Christian tradition has always emphasized that Jesus was born of a virgin. The Messiah could only come forth from a virgin's womb. The main reason for this emphasis, of course, is to highlight that Jesus did not have a human father and that his conception was from the Holy Spirit. more . . .

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Jesus’ impending birth arouses joy

John Connelly

 

December 13, 2010

Today the Scriptures declare the call to be a joyful people. The prophet Zephaniah declares, "Shout for joy, O daughter of Jerusalem. Sing joyfully, O Israel! Be glad and exult with all your heart." more . . .

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John the Baptist revealed new age

December 13, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Of all the Old Testament figures in the Bible, John the Baptist is the most important. He is more important than even Moses or Abraham. Jesus says as much in the Gospel reading for Thursday in the third week of Advent: “I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater than John” (Luke 7.28). more . . .

 

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Imagine if new atheists celebrated Advent

Fr. Raymond de Souza

December 13, 2010

Faithful readers will know that much energy has been expended these past years on combating the "new atheists" - militant, aggressive, and very trendy. Atheism is of course not new, and even the new atheists not altogether new. more . . .

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What does the Jesse tree represent?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

December 13, 2010

What is the Jesse tree and what does it represent? more . . .

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Senate leaves climate change out in the cold

Joe Gunn

December 13, 2010

The East Block of the Parliament Buildings has a special charm. Here you'll find high ceilings, stained glass windows, larger offices and much less of that harried buzz evident in the frenzied offices of MPs located in the other buildings on the Hill. more . . .

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Advent gifts come from the open heart

December 13, 2010
AUSTIN MARDON
KENNA MCKINNON
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Like The Little Drummer Boy we have few material gifts to bring this season of Advent. But we are blessed. more . . .

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