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<em>Nostra Aetate</em> a triumph for Vatican II

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December 21, 2015

The approval 50 years ago of Nostra Aetate, the Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions, was one of the great accomplishments of the Second Vatican Council. The council fathers honestly did not realize what they were doing when they approved that document. It has opened up a new realm of dialogue and tolerance among Catholics and people of other faiths. That goal was on nobody's agenda prior to Vatican II.

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Christmas letter from head of Canadian bishops

Most Rev. David Crosby, OMI
December 21, 2015
Dear friends,

Goodness abounds! This Christmas, as a counterpoint to the destructive forces of misery and terror that we have witnessed these past months, we must not forget that goodness abounds! More than not forgetting, let us be ready to point it out when we see it. A few weeks ago, I was invited to join a small group of people who help at the Out of the Cold breakfast program in Hamilton. These good folk agreed in the autumn to get up early every Thursday morning from November through March to make their way to a small kitchen outlet to prepare a hot breakfast for over 120 men and women.

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Seed of faith grows into eternal destiny

John Connelly
December 21, 2015
Holy Family
December 21, 2015

What do you and I really believe deep down in the depths of our heart and soul? Do we believe the words in this week's Sacred Scripture? Do we believe in the story of the virgin who conceived and bore a divine-human son? Do we believe the whole world will one day bow before this great king who came to be born in a stable?

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Faith of today's Magi should inspire us

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December 21, 2015

When we visited Barcelona's Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) Basilica in September, I was struck by the reverence in the carving of the Magi displayed on the WCR's front page this week. The sculptor had caught the only reason that would draw three men to travel long distances over hostile terrain to gaze upon a baby - awe at the birth of the Saviour of the world.

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Gratitude is spark that ignites joy

Lasha Morningstar
December 21, 2015

Joy. A little three-letter word. But this forgotten emotion packs a heck of a wallop. So often we blank out joy from our life. No wonder, given the fact we are bombarded with negative stories each and every day. It is so easy to develop that Eeyore mindset - always gloomy, waiting for the other shoe to drop. A wise receptionist shared this story with me. A dinner guest was regaling fellow diners with tales about what he would do if he won the lottery.

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Sister left lasting legacy in inner city

Bob McKeon
December 21, 2015

I am now at an age where I regularly read the obituary notices in the Edmonton Journal each morning looking for familiar names. Last month I saw the obituary notice for Sister Mary Leo Kirwin, a Sister of St. Joseph, who died in London, Ont., at the age of 93. The obituary notice took me back over 30 years when we served together on a community board in the first years of the Edmonton Inner City Housing Society (EICHS).

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Mary rejoices to be part of a kingdom without end

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December 21, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The birth of Jesus will usher in a kingdom that has no end, the angel Gabriel told Mary at the annunciation. More fully, the angel said, "The Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end" (Luke 1.32-33).

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Christmas fulfills promise to Adam and Eve

Mark Pickup
December 21, 2015

St. Ignatius was bishop of Antioch overseeing first century Syrian Christians and was a disciple of the Apostle John. He wrote a letter to the Christians at Ephesus as he was being transported to Rome to face wild beasts in the arena. Ignatius wrote, "For our God, Jesus Christ, was conceived by Mary in accord with God's plan: of the seed of David, it is true, but also of the Holy Spirit."

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The ecstasy of being ordinary

December 21, 2015
ADRIAN JOOSTEN
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

I was revisiting my old disintegrating red-coloured copy of G.K. Chesterton's work Heretics, a fascinating collection of essays surrounding the issues of Catholic orthodoxy in the author's society more than a century ago. Among the delicious lines of Omar and the Sacred Vine lies a gem of a quote where he declares "it is more dazzling to catch a glimpse of the ecstasy of being ordinary."

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Book explores interplay of faith, politics

Joe Gunn
December 21, 2015

Faith and politics matter," says John Milloy, author of a new book of this very title, released by Novalis Publishing last month. He should know. Milloy was a staffer in Prime Minister Jean Chrétien's office, later served as an Ontario provincial cabinet minister and now is professor of public ethics at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary

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