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Don`t let atheists call all the shots

Lasha Morningstar

February 6, 2012

Fear cripples. Most of us have that miserable black shadow lurking in our lives. And most of us deny it, citing all sorts of rational and irrational reasons as to why we do or do not do something.

Not Louise Penny though. The author of a masterful mystery series set in Quebec's Eastern Townships, Penny responded to Proust's Questionnaire on CBC's The Next Chapter with disarming and, at times, startling honesty.

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Unbridled joy invites others to the Lord

Fr. Robert Barron

February 6, 2012

One of the great icons in the Catholic Church today is Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan of New York making his way up the aisle to commence Sunday Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

While the congregation belts out the opening hymn, the good archbishop thumps his episcopal crozier on the ground, beams at all and sundry, kisses babies, embraces young and old, calls out the names of friends he recognizes and, generally speaking, spreads good cheer in every direction.

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Confession opens the path to forgiveness

Ralph Himsl

February 6, 2012
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 12, 2011

Sunday worshippers listening closely to the readings in the Liturgy of the Word for this day, will delight in the contrast between the thunder of the narrative from Leviticus in the First Reading and the compassion in the passage from Mark's Gospel, dealing as they do with a like subject.

Of the First Reading, I might want to say, as scholars do when they start to simplify, "It is clear that . . ." or, as politicians say, "Clearly, it means that . . .".

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A haunting equation: suffering balanced with joy

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 6, 2012

In her novel, Final Payments, Mary Gordon articulates an equation that has long influenced Christian spirituality.

Her heroine, Isabel, is a young woman within whom a strong Catholic background, an overly-strict father and a natural depth of soul conspire together to leave her overly-reticent and overly-reflective, looking at life from the outside, too self-aware and too reflective in general to enter spontaneously into a dance or trust any kind of gaiety.

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Next pope just might have a local connection

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February 6, 2012

On Feb. 18, Toronto Archbishop Thomas Collins will become the first former archbishop of Edmonton to be installed as a cardinal. Collins is no longer "our man," nor is he the "man" of the St. Paul Diocese where his episcopal career began. Nevertheless, we feel some stake in the man and are glad to experience a little of the reflected glory of his appointment.

A little known fact, however, is that Collins will not be the first priest from this archdiocese to wear the red hat. That honour belongs to Cardinal James Charles MacGuigan, archbishop of Toronto from 1934 to 1971, who in 1946 became the first-ever English-speaking Canadian cardinal.

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Hockey leader honoured at St. Michael`s College

Jim Gregory

February 6, 2012
VANESSA SANTILLI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Jim Gregory says everything he has in life is due to his association with Toronto's St. Michael's College School.

Serving the NHL today as senior vice president of hockey operations, Gregory will be inducted into the Order of St. Michael this year, the highest honour the school bestows.

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Indianapolis parish grabs 'super' opportunity for evangelization

February 6, 2012
SEAN GALLAGHER
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

INDIANAPOLIS – A historic Indianapolis church is in the centre of festivities surrounding the Feb. 5 Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium.

St. John the Evangelist Parish, founded 175 years ago when Indianapolis was a small town on the edge of the American frontier, is the middle of the Super Bowl Village hosting many events across the street from the church and on streets surrounding it.

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Faith sustains Middle East Christians

February 6, 2012
JUDITH SUDILOVSKY
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

JERUSALEM – Christians in the Middle East show "overwhelming faith," but many also express fear, said the president of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association.

"I have been uplifted by their demonstration of faith," Msgr. John Kozar told Catholic News Service near the end of a three-week trip to Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories.

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Look who`s coming for dinner

February 6, 2012
PAT BYRNE CASEY
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

St. Luke's Parish in Maple Ridge, B.C., recently invited 8,200 people - give or take a few thousand – to dinner.

That number, says a media release from their office, represents the one-fifth of the local population who are lapsed Catholics.

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Which team does God want to win the Super Bowl?

Fr. Raymond de Souza

February 6, 2012

Super Bowl Sunday marks the end of the football season, and a look back at the year that was. On the field it was the year of the quarterback, with Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford, Eli Manning and Aaron Rodgers all putting up eye-popping numbers.

Off the field, the chatter was about one quarterback, Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos. His improbable story was captivating enough, coming off the bench in mid-season to lead his team to a playoff victory, with one last-minute victory after another.

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