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Humble yourself before the one Lord

John Connelly

October 6, 2014
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 6, 2014

The prophet Isaiah writes these blunt words: "I am the Lord and there is no other, there is no God besides me." This is politically incorrect. Today many would prefer a God who is not so direct. A God who is open to the possibility of other gods according to each person's individual taste and liking. A God who conforms to the twisted logic of the world in which we live.

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Rosary is our prayer for peace

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October 6, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Traditionally, October has been the month in which Catholics pray the rosary with added fervour and greater frequency. Oct. 7, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, is the high point of this month of devotion. The date of the feast of the rosary was not chosen arbitrarily; it is the date in which the forces of the Christian League defeated the advancing forces of the Ottoman Empire in 1571 at the Battle of Lepanto, perhaps the greatest and bloodiest naval battle ever fought.

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Mireau blessed us by being himself

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October 6, 2014

Prior to his ordination in 2002, Michael Mireau told the WCR that the priesthood is realized differently in different people. There will be differences in personal taste, appearance, many things. But the minute a priest drops his individual identity and becomes "the priest," Mireau said he stops being human. Because of that, he stops being an effective priest. One thing for sure was that Father Mireau never lost his unique identity, never bowed to whatever pressure there was to compromise the person God had created him to be in order to fit into some watered-down human standard of "the priest."

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Guests should accept the king's invitation

Maria Kozakiewicz

October 6, 2014
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 19, 2014

He (the king) dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come." The guests should come to the feast. The ancient world was not as well fed as we are, at least those who live in the West today. Every five years or so, people starved, due to drought, excessive rain or war. Even at the best of times, daily meals were simple. Often months would pass with little or no meat on the table. That is why a feast became the universal symbol of heavenly delights. The wedding feast, of all feasts, was supreme.

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God's abundant generosity undercuts our sense of scarcity

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 6, 2014

My youth had both strengths and weaknesses. I grew up on a farm in the heart of the Canadian Prairies, a second-generation immigrant. Our family was large, and the small farm we lived on gave us enough to live on, though just enough. There were never any extras. We were never hungry or genuinely poor, but we lived in a conscriptive frugality. You were given what you needed, but rarely anything extra. You got just one portion of the main course at a meal and one dessert because these had to be measured out in a way that left enough for everyone.

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Church must navigate dangerous currents with the ship of mercy

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October 6, 2014

One need only compare the stories on the reports given by four Canadian bishops with the efforts of several cardinals to uphold Church teaching on the family and marriage (Pages 18 and 19) to see the huge disconnect between doctrine and pastoral reality in today's Catholic Church. If the chasm between teaching and the lives of today's Catholics widened following Pope Paul VI's reaffirmation in 1968 of the immoral nature of artificial contraception, it has expanded even more during the intervening decades.

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Studies show faith, marriage are keys to having a longer life

October 6, 2014
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Washington – Study after study has confirmed that those who are involved in religion and those who are married are healthier, physically and mentally happier and live longer than those who are not. "The health benefits of marriage are so strong that a married man with heart disease can be expected to live, on average, 1,400 days (nearly four years) longer than an unmarried man with a healthy heart," said Dr. Scott Haltzman, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and human behaviour at Brown University in Providence, R.I.

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Small groups can have big results in evangelization, says Ortega

Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino

October 6, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Beaupré, Quebec – Evangelization starts small, Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino of Havana told Canada's bishops and went on to share examples that helped renew the Catholic Church in Cuba. Ortega told the bishops how the cathedral parish in Havana would organize a celebration of all young people from the well-populated neighbourhoods. Few come for Communion, some are preparing for Baptism, but all will go out and do social service for the poor, he said.

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'Doctrinal war' heats up as synod on family draws near

October 6, 2014
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family opens Oct. 5, but weeks earlier some of its most prominent members were already publicly debating what is bound to be one of its most controversial topics: the eligibility of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion. In an interview published Sept. 18, a proponent of changing Church practice to allow such Catholics to receive Communion answered criticism from some of his fellow cardinals, suggesting they are seeking a "doctrinal war" whose ultimate target is Pope Francis.

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Canada prepares for synod on the family

October 6, 2014

At their annual plenary assembly last month, Canada's Catholic bishops heard reports from across the country on how Catholics view the upcoming world synod and the state of the family today. Here, Deborah Gyapong of Canadian Catholic News presents synopses of the reports from 4 dioceses.

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