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God's vineyard demands righteous tending

Ralph Himsl

September 26, 2011
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 5, 2011

The English language and no doubt many languages have an expression that covers the trap implied in the words, "I don't mean to criticize, but . . ." The use of these words seeks forgiveness of those listening for what follows. I find myself about to step into that trap.

Today's Gospel plunges us into a serious discussion between Jesus and some Temple bigwigs, the chief priests and elders.

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Passionate fire fizzles, but devout faith builds a solid, sufficient creed

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 26, 2011

Several years ago, a friend of mine made a very un-Hollywood type of marriage proposal to his fiancé: He was in his mid-forties and had suffered a number of disillusioning heartbreaks, some of which, by his own admission, were his own fault, the result of feelings shifting unexpectedly on his part.

Now, in mid-life, struggling not to be disillusioned and cynical about love and romance, he met a woman whom he deeply respected, much admired, and with whom he felt he would like to build a life. But, unsure of himself, he was humble in his proposal.

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Bored at Mass? Give your soul a shake, rejoice at the miracle

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September 26, 2011

So the Mass is boring, is it? What would help? Perhaps a brass band marching through the church? Maybe replacing the praying with card or video games of one's choice? Or, might such new wrinkles also become boring once they had been tried a few times?

Complaints about the Mass being boring sound much like the whining of the Israelites after they had received the miracle of manna in the desert: "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we detest this miserable food" (Numbers 21.5).

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Mother Teresa's sisters help Vancouver's poor

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September 26, 2011
LAUREEN MCMAHON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — Four Missionaries of Charity are now a recognizable presence in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

Dressed in bright white saris edged with three blue borders (signifying devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary) and a crucifix pinned on their left shoulders, the sandal-clad sisters are creating a small sensation after arriving at the former Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement convent on Cordova Street.

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Church has antidote to exploitation of women — author

September 26, 2011
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

A new book by a Catholic talk show host looks at how media and culture are sending unhealthy messages to women and how the Church can fill the emotional and spiritual void left behind.

The book, Extreme Makeover: Women Transformed by Christ, Not Conformed to the Culture, looks at how the culture is "going after women" and how women are hurt, "whether it be body image, eating disorders and sexual objectification," said the author, Teresa Tomeo.

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Decrepit housing threatens physical, mental health

September 26, 2011
VANESSA SANTILLI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — The health of those who are "vulnerably housed" is just as poor as the homeless, says a recent study from researchers at Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital.

The study found that more than 85 per cent of homeless people have chronic health conditions and more than half have a mental health problem.

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Speaker descends mineshaft of abortion

September 26, 2011
NATHAN RUMOHR
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — Stephanie Gray is known as passionate and controversial, and she makes no apologies when it comes to campaigning against abortion. The co-founder of the Calgary-based Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform (CCBR) presented that passion in a presentation at Holy Family Church Sept. 1.

Her 45-minute talk centred on how scientific information and understanding is important to advocate the pro-life cause.

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Love of liturgy fuels passionate opera star

Mark Doss

September 26, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — Bass-baritone Mark Doss is now taking the stage nightly as King Thoas in Iphegenia in Tauris on the Four Seasons Centre stage.

An altar of sacrifice stands at the centre of the stage, but for Doss that is far from being an unfamiliar stage prop. His knowledge of altars and sacrifice goes deeper than the opera roles he has played.

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Quebec bishops bring breath of fresh air

Archbishop Gerald Lacroix

September 26, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

MONTREAL — When Montreal Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Dowd came to the microphone after his Sept. 10 ordination, he paused, his smartphone in hand, pressed "Send," and announced: "I just updated my Twitter account: It's official. I'm a bishop."

One day shy of his 41st birthday when Montreal Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte ordained him, Dowd already had established himself as a blogging priest, adept in social media and the new evangelization.

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New translation further enhances Vatican II reforms — liturgist

September 26, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Father Bill Burke notices a similar pattern in the workshops he has held over the past year on the new English translation of the Roman missal.

At first those attending greet the changes with anger, trepidation and fear that the new translation will take back the reforms of Vatican II, he said. They've heard a mixture of rumours from the blogosphere or elsewhere that the "translation is terrible." Blogs on both the left and the right have contributed to these anxieties and concerns, he said.

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