From the monthly archives: February 2016

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Egyptian artist hopes to inspire peace with soothing watercolours

February 22, 2016
JAMES MARTONE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

CAIRO - Gamal Lamie's paintings depict calm mothers with serene children, shining stars, doves, flowers, trees, fish and blue waters - the many attributes of an Egypt that once existed, and, he believes, can again be achieved. All it takes is hope, said the Egyptian artist, a member of Egypt's Coptic Christian minority.

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Students seek ways to have a positive impact

February 22, 2016
ANDRÉA LEDDING
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON - Youth can make a positive impact by standing up to bullying, welcoming those who feel isolated, and seeking ways to positively affect others, said a local high school student. "We each have the power to make someone's day better, but we also have the power to make it worse," said Natasha Kitchen, a student at Centennial Collegiate. "What are we going to do about it?" The school hosted a Feb. 5 event on the Power of One, which involved Catholic and public high schools in the city.

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African kidnapping wonderful experience says Quebec sister

Gilberte Bussiere
February 22, 2016
FRANCOIS GLOUTNAY
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Notre Dame Sister Gilberte Bussiere, 76, was kidnapped in the middle of the night in April 2014, in Tchere, a small hamlet in northern Cameroon. The Quebec nun said she was shivering with fear when she realized a man was entering her house through the window that night. "I was wearing a nightdress. He grabbed my arm, pulled me out of my cabin and dragged me through the bushes, then tossed me into a car," said Bussiere.

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Winnipeg Jesuit school compared with residential schools

February 22, 2016
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

A Jesuit-inspired middle school in a low-income neighbourhood of Winnipeg has been accused of cultural genocide and compared to the infamous residential schools that devastated Aboriginal communities across Canada. In January, Point Douglas neighbourhood community activist James Favel and social worker Larry Morrissette published an angry call for the Gonzaga Middle School to put a halt to plans to set up shop this fall in the area just north of Winnipeg's downtown core.

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School controversy is one large battle in an ongoing war

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February 22, 2016

Calgary Bishop Frederick Henry drew passionate responses last month with his references to "totalitarianism in Alberta." Many people see this description as way over the top; Alberta is not a totalitarian society in the same way as the classic Soviet model. There, the government controlled virtually every aspect of life, going so far as having ordinary people spy on neighbours and family members. However, Bishop Henry was drawing on the analysis of totalitarianism in St. John Paul II's 1991 encyclical Centesimus Annus, written in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet empire."

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Scripture holds out difficult passages to contemplate

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi
February 22, 2016

A colleague shares this story: Recently, after he presided at a Eucharist, a woman from the congregation came up to him with this comment: "What a horrible Scripture reading today! If that's the kind of God we're worshipping, then I don't want to go to heaven." The reading for that day's liturgy was taken from Chapter 24 of the Second Book of Samuel where, seemingly, God gets upset with King David for counting the number of men he had for military service and then punishes him by sending a pestilence that kills 70,000 people.

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Jesus is the gardener of our souls

Kathleen Giffin
February 22, 2016
Sunday
February 28, 2016

The rhubarb patch in my garden began as a transplant from the one at my previous house; I dug up a piece when I moved and got it started in a part of the yard where I thought it would do well. Rhubarb can be slow to get established, so I was patient the first couple of years, knowing it needed time to spread and strengthen. But then I began to notice it simply wasn't doing what I had expected.

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Life or death: The choice is set before us

Bishop Douglas Crosby
February 22, 2016
My brothers and sisters in Christ,

The readings of the liturgy for the opening days of Lent invite us to focus on some basic questions as we begin our journey through this sacred season. What does it mean to repent and believe the Good News? What difference should faith make to our living and dying? How do we convert hearts and lives? The Old Testament reading for the Thursday after Ash Wednesday has particular significance this year for us as God's people and as a country: "I call heaven and earth to witness . . . that I have set before you life and death. . . . Choose life, so that you and your descendants may live" (Deuteronomy 30.19).

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Assisted suicide: Alberta Bishops voice concerns

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February 11, 2016

The Supreme Court of Canada's decision in February of 2015 to strike down Canada's existing laws prohibiting assisted suicide has opened a wide debate on the subject. The Catholic Bishops of Alberta make the following statement in order to express our deepest concerns with respect to the impact of the decision upon our fellow citizens of this province. The Catholic Church is committed to protecting and caring for the most vulnerable people in our society; this includes, of course, those who suffer and dying Albertans.

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Prodigal son offers a most selfish apology

Brett Fawcett
February 22, 2016
Fourth Sunday in Lent
March 6, 2016

The old confessional aides used to have the penitent ask herself questions like, "Have I omitted my daily prayers?" That sort of query has a legalistic ring to it, and it is probably not the right way to approach the subject, as though prayer is an onerous duty we need to clock in and fulfil every day. On the other hand, consider today's Gospel: the story of the prodigal son, which Charles Dickens is said to have called the greatest and most beautiful story ever told. But it has a painful (and realistic) edge.

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