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Youth find liturgy changesto be amazing challenge

December 19, 2011

I have seen some of the letters in regards to the new Mass. I'm not surprised that some are against change; most of us to some level are. We become comfortable and complacent in our Church lives.

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Holodomor article marred by inaccuracies

December 19, 2011

Your article concerning the Holodomor ("Secret famine killed 10M Ukrainians," WCR, Dec. 5) contained factual inaccuracies that need to be corrected.

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Domestic violence affects men as much as women

December 19, 2011

I read with interest and then dismay the content of the article. It spoke of only domestic violence where females were victims and there was no mention of the male victims and their children.

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Development and Peace must keep its lay character

December 19, 2011

It is crucial that Development and Peace rediscover its origin as an independent lay organization of the Canadian Catholic Church.

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Liturgical changes create opportunity for teaching

December 19, 2011

As we read in the cover story of Dec. 5, Mary Griffiths remarks that we have "been doing the other responses for so long that it's just second nature." How true, and how sad when we don't even think about what we are saying at Mass.

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How can I find the meaning of Christmas

Sr. Louise Zdunich

December 19, 2011

Christmas was so exciting when I was a child. But sadly, I have lost the meaning of Christmas. I have heard others voicing the same opinion. How can I find Christmas again?

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The Splendour of God's Word

December 19, 2011
Bishop Murray Chatlain

Since I will be speaking about the centrality of Sacred Scripture in the life of the disciple, I wanted to start with a joke that includes Scripture references.

Back 900 years ago, as Archbishop Joe MacNeil would say, when I was a young, enthusiastic parish priest I was visiting my parishioners. I came to one house and I rang the doorbell. Though I could hear someone moving about inside, no one answered the door. I took out my card and I wrote on the back of it Revelation 3.20: "Behold, I am at the door knocking."

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Invest in research, not oil lobbyists

Bob McKeon

December 19, 2011

Climate change is very much in the news these days. A decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline has been delayed by President Obama in the U.S. The proposed Northern Gateway pipeline through Northern B.C. is experiencing strong opposition from aboriginal leaders and environment groups.

The European Union is proposing to penalize oil coming from Alberta oilsands because of environmental concerns. Canada's position at the UN Climate Change talks in Durban, South Africa, is being widely criticized, both internationally and within Canada.

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Christ came to bring Good News to all

Mark Pickup

December 19, 2011

A tiny heart beat steadily within the baby boy's mother. The blood circulating through that tiny heart would save us and change millions of human hearts across the centuries; hearts of stone and violence would melt into hearts of flesh and peace and joy.

The infant's birth was like no other birth. It had been prophesied hundreds of years earlier. The prophet Isaiah prophesied the Messiah would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7.14) and of the Davidic line (11.1-2). Micah identified Bethlehem as the place where the Messiah would be born (5.1). People like Simeon and Anna waited expectantly for him.

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Real devotion to Jesus is a major commitment

St. Francis de Sales

December 12, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Real devotion to Jesus Christ is a major commitment. So many people today say they are too busy, so busy that they don't have time for a life committed to Jesus.

Alternatively, some will say, "My work is my prayer." Well, work can be prayer, but only if it is rooted in special times of devotion. Your love for your wife or husband will not grow unless you make time to get off the treadmill and actually talk to her or him with complete attention. Why would our relationship with God be different?

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