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Christmas: God's Word comes among us

Mark Pickup

December 15, 2014

I love the Christmas season. I love it for the lights and music and excited anticipation I see in my grandchildren and every other child but mostly because the divine love given to us in the incarnation fills my heart. Such a love is unfathomable. All I can do is take in its warmth. God made man. God is with us. I feel sad for those who have not had an encounter with Christ, do not know or love him, and who do not live within the nurture of the Church. At best, Christmas for the unbeliever is superficial traditions, unfocused songs of vague sentimentality and a silly flaccid caricature of St. Nicholas we all know as Santa Claus. The world often refers to the true meaning of Christmas but rejects the true meaning of the incarnation.

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Living with limits could halt seasonal frenzy

Joe Gunn

December 15, 2014

"I'm dreaming of a (insert your favourite word here) Christmas, just like the ones I used to know . . .". My wish would be to insert the word "sane" if my Christmas dream was to come true. Don't get me wrong. I absolutely love the Christmas season. But a "sane" Christmas would mean less hustle and bustle, no crowded parking lots at chain stores, no pressure to find the "perfect (store-bought) gift," and fewer guilty feelings about leaving my ecological values aside in the rush to encourage the "Christmas spirit."

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Petition opposes modern agriculture

December 15, 2014

After Sunday Mass we were reminded to sign the petition at the back of the church concerning farmers saving seed. As a farmer, this caught my interest, and I went looking for more information. The petition stems from the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace. The information on the website to support its position is misleading and contains incorrect statements, I suspect for the purpose of furthering an agenda which opposes modern agriculture.

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Christmas gifts should be for those in need

December 15, 2014

No gifts for me at Christmas. It's not my birthday or anyone else's we are celebrating. It's Jesus' birthday. How can we give a gift to Jesus? See Matthew 25.31-46. "As long as you did it for one of these, the least of my brethren, you did it for me" and "as you did not do it for one of these least ones, you did not do it for me; and these will go into everlasting punishment, but the just into everlasting life." No Bible? It would make a good birthday present for your children and grandchildren.

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Body on crucifixes is that of Jesus

December 15, 2014

After reading Janet MacLellan's letter to the editor, "Reader wants crucifix to state Christ's kingship" (WCR, Dec. 1), I would like to applaud her and make the following comments. At the time of Jesus Christ's ministry on earth, it was a fact that criminals were crucified just as Christ was crucified, one of them being the good thief.

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Church no longer takes structure of society for granted

December 15, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

One seemingly obvious line in the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World augurs, not a change in Church teaching, but in the Church's attitude to society and social change. "The social order requires constant improvement," says the constitution, also known by its Latin name, Gaudium et Spes (n. 26). Today, few people would question such a sentiment. Of course, they would agree, we should do our best to make a better society and eliminate social evils.

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