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Autumn's tapestry ushers in a season of rest and hope

Lasha Morningstar
September 14, 2015

A tawny golden leaf fluttered to my feet. I looked at the tree and said to it, "Are you kidding?" She wasn't. As if to make the case fall is here, summer is blessing us with her last roses, the perennials are having their final hurrah and the grass does not need to be cut each week. Now golden leaves dot the lawn. Only a few at first. Then more and more. So I get out my rake and gather them all up as if that would delay fall.

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Life's failures can open creative doors

Dr. Gerry Turcotte
September 14, 2015

Recently, at a workshop for university presidents, one of my colleagues noted that at times he felt everyone was too afraid of failure. He challenged us to embrace failure - to give it a try, in order to understand its potential as a learning moment. The example he gave was trying to teach a young child how to do math. He told the child to imagine he had 36 donuts and to divide them into two lines.

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Desperate refugees illustrate breakdown of global social order

Douglas Roche
September 14, 2015

Conflict and persecution have forced 60 million people - more than at any other time in recorded history - to flee their homes and seek refuge and safety elsewhere. If refugees were the population of a country, it would be the world's 24th largest country. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, said, "It is terrifying that . . . there is a seemingly utter inability of the international community to work together to stop wars and build and preserve peace."

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Discerning signs of the times for voters

Bob McKeon
September 14, 2015

The federal election is now well underway. We regularly hear party leaders and local candidates asking for our vote. The phrase "discerning the signs of the times," introduced by Pope John XXIII is apt here. What are the urgent issues of our day that the Spirit is calling us to speak to and act upon? One practical way we can do this is through participation and casting our ballot in the current federal election.

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Marital love must be unconditional

September 14, 2015

In the Aug. 31 WCR, Celia Paz poses an important question to moral theologians. Why does the Church insist on the permanence of all marriages, even those that give rise to regrettable evils like physical and emotional abuse? The question deserves an answer.

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Jesus brings abundant life

September 14, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Jesus told the Pharisees that he is the good shepherd who looks after his sheep. "I came that they may have life and have it abundantly" (John 10.10). This promise of abundant life is one of Jesus' mission statements in the Gospels; it expresses the core of why God became human and what he intended to do about the human condition. Turn to Luke's Gospel to see another of these expressions: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.

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