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Suffering contains a call to become more like Christ

Mark Pickup

February 9, 2015

There was a change in how I viewed being chronically ill for more than three decades. I cannot pinpoint when it happened; the change progressed gradually over time. No longer did I see my incurable sickness and handicap as a curse but as a blessing disguised as misfortune. What began with the question "why?" became anger that no answer seemed forthcoming. Eventually the anger simmered and cooled into acceptance and finally acceptance was followed by peace and anticipation. There are questions for which there are no answers, only understanding. They are questions that focus on the deepest meaning of life or eternity.

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Ordinary Time can still bring exhilarating experiences

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

February 9, 2015

As a child I was always thrown when the priest announced that we were in Ordinary Time. Sometimes it seemed self-evident; but often it was anything but ordinary. My uncle bagged a moose; someone won the lottery; another had triplets. And in the papers . . . goodness me, nothing seemed ordinary. So why was the priest proclaiming that we were in the fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time? What, I always wondered, was extraordinary time? Maybe I should come back later when the cool things were happening.

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Encyclical can make a difference for creation

Joe Gunn

February 9, 2015

The priest from Newfoundland was the most honest. Our agency had provided worship guides and hymns on creation themes for use in services last September on the same weekend when more than 300,000 people marched in New York City, calling for action on climate change. But the Newfoundland pastor reported, "I'll use the Prayers of the Faithful you sent, but I don't feel comfortable preaching about climate change. You know, we just never talked about that in seminary." True. And this is something Pope Francis wants to change.

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Why do Gospels have 2 sets of Beatitudes?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

February 9, 2015

Why are the Beatitudes presented so differently in Matthew and Luke? It seems to me that they should be the same. Who is right?

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Church strives to build on what is good in local culture

February 9, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

From the beginning, the Church has tried to evangelize culture, to build on what is good and to imbue it with the spirit of the Gospel. When St. Paul went to Athens and found an altar dedicated to an unknown God, he used that to try to convince the Athenians that the God who created the world is the Lord of heaven and earth (Acts 17.22-28). When missionaries have tried to throw out the culture they wanted to evangelize with a supposedly pure Christian culture, they have created problems. The culture they imported was invariably not pure, but rather a European culture that supplanted the indigenous one with colonialism.

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