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COLF offers broad view of vocations

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September 12, 2011
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) released a message designed to help families do a better job of seeing their lives as a Christian vocation.

In its message, Love is Calling Your Children, COLF urges families to recognize the role they play in helping their children find their vocations.

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Dialogue leads Catholics, Muslims to walk road to peace

September 12, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States horrified the pope and Vatican officials, who unequivocally condemned terrorism and offered prayers for the dead, the survivors and the rescue workers.

The attacks shook the world but did not destroy the commitment to dialogue and cooperation of Catholic and Muslim leaders in interreligious relations.

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JustFAITH opens eyes, hearts to the poor

September 12, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — For the third straight year, St. Theresa Parish is offering JustFAITH, a U.S.-based formation program to foster commitment to social justice ministry.

For the first time, St. Theresa's is opening the program to anyone in the archdiocese who may have an interest in social justice, regardless of education or experience.

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Four proposals, but she saw Jesus' face and became a sister

Sr. Ada Toner

September 12, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

At age 18, Ada Toner was still contemplating what to do with her life. She had no parents, no education and no profession. As well, within the span of a year, she had received marriage proposals from four different men.

"I was picking berries one day, and I looked over and asked myself which one of those guys would I like to spend the rest of my life with. Then I saw the face of Jesus, and I don't know if it was in the clouds or a feeling within me or what it was," she said.

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Show captures seminary's spiritual beauty

September 12, 2011
LORRAINE TURCHANSKY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

The building and blessing of the new St. Joseph Seminary and the lives of the people who serve and study within its walls are featured in a new television documentary that premieres this month on Salt + Light TV.

Put Out into the Deep is a half-hour program that looks at the history and reconstruction of St. Joseph's, the first major seminary to be built in Canada in the new millennium.

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Activists take up Bouchard's call to protest tarsands

September 12, 2011
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Maryknoll Father Jim Noonan hopes the five or so hours he spent in jail recently will be noticed by U.S. President Barack Obama.

A staff associate in the Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns, Noonan, 77, was among 65 people arrested Aug. 20 during protests calling attention to the environmental dangers he believes are posed by a proposed 2,700-km pipeline to carry Canadian crude oil to refineries in Oklahoma and Texas.

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Christians condemn risky global warming

Joe Gunn

September 12, 2011

Global warming has been named as the most serious crisis of our time.

The highest levels of the Catholic Church have asked for our understanding - and action. As long ago as 1998, the bishops of Alberta wrote a pastoral letter entitled, Celebrate Life: Care for Creation.

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A brother's death sparks question, 'Did he say yes to Christ?'

Mark Pickup

September 12, 2011

In his book The Yes of Jesus Christ, Pope Benedict wrote: "We are not allowed neutrality when faced with the question of God. We can only say yes or no, and this with all the consequences extending right down to the smallest details of life."

The great American Catholic theologian Bishop Fulton Sheen concurred: "To the eyes of faith only two classes of people exist: those who say 'yes' to God and those who say 'no' to God." In an age of relativism - such as the one in which we live - this is an important but unpopular spiritual reality.

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Listen always for the tiny whispering sound

Fr. Robert Barron

September 12, 2011

I have long loved the stories in the first book of Kings dealing with the prophet Elijah. His name tells us all we need to know about him. "Elijah" is the Anglicization of the Hebrew Eliyahu, which means, "Yahweh is God."

People can be named from what they worship, what they hold to be of highest value. Thus, someone who values her work above all is a "company woman;" one who prizes his family above all is a "family man;" someone who seeks pleasure as his highest good is a "good-time Charlie," etc.

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God's point of view can be life changing

Kathleen Giffin

September 12, 2011
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 18, 2011

There are singular events in every person's life that serve as both watersheds and points of reference in the years that follow. One such event for me was the birth of my daughter Ange. On the day she was born she was diagnosed with both a congenital heart defect and Down Syndrome.

My response, in the succeeding days and weeks, exposed the best and the worst in me. The best was that I did everything that I could to make sure that she was loved, nurtured and received the best medical care and early intervention. The worst was what I thought and felt about this event that had "happened to me."

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