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Love of Confession must be developed early

Maria Kozakiewicz

March 3, 2014
First Sunday of Lent
March 9, 2014

I love Lent. All liturgical periods in the Church are full of wisdom, love and the beauty of God, but Lent, followed by Easter, is the summit of them all. It is the supreme homecoming for us, with the door thrown open to all by the Father. As migrant birds return to safety of familiar lakes and forests, we return to Jesus through the sacrament of Reconciliation. We become whole again.

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Youthful resistance can give rise to final harmony

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 3, 2014

Sometimes while presiding at the Eucharist or preaching, I scan the faces in the front pews. What do they reveal? A few are eager, attentive, focused on what's happening. But a goodly number of faces, particularly among the young, speak of boredom, of dram duty and of a resignation that says: I have to be in the church just now, though I wish I was elsewhere.

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Paradox of Lent challenges us to live fully human lives

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March 3, 2014

Many people live and die without seriously reflecting on the most important issues of existence – what is a human person, what are the origins of good and evil, why must I make peace with those I have wronged, what is our ultimate destiny, can I make this world better, is there a God and, if so, how does he relate with humanity?

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Pickup's article has a smell of heaven

March 3, 2013

I want to thank Mark Pickup for his article, "Christ reveals his body and the image of God to our senses" (WCR, Feb. 3).

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Gregorian chant elevates our prayers

March 3, 2013

I totally disagree with Brian Spiers ("Sunday Mass changes unpleasant, negative," Letters, Feb. 3). Unfortunately, his comments were very negative regarding what chant is and what it is meant to be for the listeners.

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Council envisioned laity as leaven who transform society

March 17 2014
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WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Second Vatican Council was unprecedented in the strong emphasis it gave to the role of the laity in Christ's saving mission. Not only was there a chapter on the laity in one of the council's chief documents – the Constitution on the Church – but there was also a specific document on the laity. That document, The Decree on the Apostolate of Lay People (Apostolicam Actuositatem), was one of the least controversial matters to go before the council.

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Refugees need support from bishops' letter

Joe Gunn

March 17, 2014

Eight years ago the Catholic bishops of Canada released a pastoral letter about immigrants and refugees. Their main message, in the words of Archbishop Brendan O'Brien, was that "for Christians, welcoming the stranger is an expression of faith." According to a recent report in The Catholic Register, the CCCB's Commission on Justice and Peace will soon release another statement on this important topic.

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Pro-euthanasia rhetoric larded with euphemisms to disguise reality

Mark Pickup

March 17, 2014

I want to address the rhetoric used by people who promote euthanasia and assisted suicide. Those who control language control public discourse and set agendas that dictate behaviour that might not be acceptable in other contexts. It is a confusing time. The culture in which we live is telling the incurably ill and severely disabled they have a right to assisted suicide while the healthy population deserves suicide prevention.

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What significance does the desert have in our lives?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

March 17, 2014

The desert seems to play a significant role in the Bible and early Christianity. Does it have any meaning for us?

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Euthanasia advocates out to expand their throwaway culture

Lasha Morningstar

March 17, 2014

Look through the window of a neo-natal intensive care unit and watch as physicians, interns, nurses fight for babies' lives. Nothing else exists for them in those moments. Tubes, machines, intravenous, parents sobbing and praying in the chapel. That wee bundle of life matters. Just ask the medical team, the parents.

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