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Christianity means being sent, not being cocooned

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 9, 2013

The famed and feisty psychologist, Fritz Pearls, was once asked by a well-meaning Christian if he was saved. He responded by saying, "I am still trying to figure out how to be spent." His retort echoes a line from Teresa of Avila who states that once we reach the highest mansion of maturity we are left with only one question: How can I be helpful?

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Our grave duty to save the lost sheep

Maria Kozakiewicz

September 9, 2013
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 15, 2013

The parable of a lost sheep shows vividly how God's logic is different from ours. Who would leave a large flock of healthy animals, on which one's annual income or ruin depend, to look for a stray sheep that may be already lost?

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Christians urged to care for Mother Earth

Joe Gunn

September 9, 2013

At the end of September, the best scientific minds in the world will release a report confirming that human activity is the largest factor causing climate change. This will be the fifth and most damning report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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May non-Catholics go to Confession?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

September 9, 2013

Some non-Catholic parents of our Confirmation preparation class who attended the lessons were touched by the grace and healing of the sacrament. I suspect they too want to experience the peace of forgiveness in their hearts. I would love to hear your response to their question: Can a non-Catholic go to Confession?

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Some Egyptian Christians think U.S. is on wrong side

September 9, 2013

Two weeks after the churches he used to pray in were ransacked and burned to the ground in the Egyptian port city of Suez, Istafanos Youssif sat "searching for God" in a Cairo convent.

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Martini was prophetic, pope tells Jesuits

September 9, 2013

On the eve of the first anniversary of the death of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, Pope Francis called the late-fellow Jesuit and biblical scholar, a "prophetic" figure and a "man of discernment and peace."

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Russian Church neutral on Olympic boycott

September 9, 2013

Calls for an Olympic boycott because of a Russian law banning "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" have become "highly politicized," said an official of the Russian bishops' conference.

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Quebec cathedral builds holy door for jubilee

September 9, 2013

The Archdiocese of Quebec has begun construction on a holy door for its Basilica-Cathedral Notre Dame de Quebec, the first Catholic parish in French-speaking North America.

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Dozens of WYD pilgrims seek asylum in Brazil

September 9, 2013

More than 50 pilgrims who attended World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro are seeking asylum in Brazil.

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Pope to youth: Go against the flow

September 9, 2013

Fight off a drug-and alcohol-pushing culture and other hazardous trends sweeping across today's world, Pope Francis told young people.

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