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Entry to heaven takes a miracle

Brett Fawcett
September 28, 2015
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 11, 2015

Today's Gospel reading is one of the most important in the history of the Church's spiritual life. The rich young man who claims to have led a morally perfect life, yet leaves dejected after Jesus tells him that to gain the kingdom of God, he must sell everything he has, give the proceeds to the poor, and follow him. Does it mean that every follower of Jesus must literally sell all that they have in order to get into heaven?

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Obsession with rules can replace solidarity with bureaucracy

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September 28, 2015

Pope Francis' reform of the marriage annulment process has been hailed as the most substantial change in Church marriage laws in almost 300 years. Yet, on one hand, the change is no big deal - the rules governing the declaration that a marriage is null and void are unchanged. On the other hand, the reform makes a demand on all Catholics - to respond to the need of the suffering person with haste and to give that response priority over the precise following of rules.

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Feeling unloved? Fear not. Christ loves you and always will

Mark Pickup
September 28, 2015

English writer and broadcaster Claire Rayner (1931-2010) said: "Only the unloved and unloving escape grief." That is not entirely true. I reserve comment about the unloving, other than to say if they do not know grief in this world, they will certainly know it in the next. The unloved live in grief of the forsaken or the forgotten. There is nothing more tragic than being unloved.

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Flex your social justice muscles at election time

Joe Gunn
September 28, 2015

When Prime Minister Stephen Harper called the federal election, he framed the debate as having two key pillars: the economy and security. The crushing migrant crisis in Europe fed into this frame - until the body of three-year-old Alan Kurdi washed up on a beach, and that unforgettable photo broke our hearts. The defining issue then became humanitarian leadership; faith communities were thrown directly into the forefront of debate.

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Rebellion establishes roots in our thoughts

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September 28, 2015

The spirit of rebellion leads society astray. Of course, many things need to be changed, and advocacy for change may need to be vociferous to be heard. Pope Francis, for example, urges that the economic, political and social systems of the world urgently need radical reform.

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Life offers a balance of shadows and light

Dr. Gerry Turcotte
September 28, 2015

There is a funny story of identical twins, one always excruciatingly negative, the other indescribably positive. The first is given a horse and complains that he has to feed it; the other a room filled to the ceiling with manure who exclaims happily: 'I know there's a pony in here somewhere!' Optimists are often criticized for being unforgivably positive even when events would suggest otherwise. We can all think of the person who always says, 'Could be worse,' no matter how catastrophic an event.

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Sale of body parts met with indifference

September 28, 2015

The horror of slashing an unborn child to death with the goal of harvesting human tissue and organs is an act that could only have been conceived in hell. Yet, the public outcry to the Planned Parenthood scandal of selling pieces of the aborted child has been nominal at best. Instead, we hear the dead silence of apathy.

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October is month of the holy rosary

September 28, 2015

October is the month dedicated to the holy rosary in the Catholic Church. A holy rosary a day keeps the devil away.

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Gospel writers sought to inspire faith in readers

September 28, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Near the end of his Gospel, St. John writes, "Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may come to have life in his name" (20.30-31).

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Teen proclaims faith publicly in dramatic painting of Jesus

September 14, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Teenager Lucy Cook wasn't sure what the reaction would be when she painted the face of Jesus, wearing a crown of thorns, to be displayed at a major Sherwood Park intersection. Lawyer John Ashton had left the final product on the four-foot square cubed installment on his commercial property entirely up to each of four artists.

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