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Keep praying . . . even when God seems silent

 Lasha Morningstar

July 11, 2011
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 17,2011

Prayer comforts — sometimes. It can be an entreaty, murmured in despair, sometimes riddled with tears. Or a memorized string of words, said in monotone rote. Or a whispered "Thank you" to God. So many variations, the variety intoned according to the mood or occasion of the moment.

Often, prayer is not valued, thought to be the refuge of the weak. One cleric, describing a problem, laughed at a reception, asking, "Are we so desperate we've turned to prayer?"

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Faithful prayer key to winning battle of light vs. darkness

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 11, 2011

Two contraries cannot co-exist inside the same subject. Aristotle wrote that and it seems to say the obvious; something can't be light and dark at the same time.

However, in terms of what's happening inside our souls it seems that contraries can indeed co-exist inside the same subject.

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Balthasar's theology inspires today's papal candidates

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July 11, 2011

The appointment of Cardinal Angela Scola, patriarch of Venice for the past nine years, as the archbishop of Milan, Europe's largest diocese, has entrenched his name as the top Italian candidate when a new pope is chosen. Many observers see Scola as worthy in his own right. But the fact that three 20th century popes had previously served as patriarch of Venice and two as archbishop of Milan only heightens the likelihood that Scola will be seen as a serious candidate.

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Quebec's Lacroix visits Rome

July 11, 2011

Archbishop Gerald Lacroix of Quebec waves after greeting Pope Benedict.

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Hybrid Mercedes eyed as next popemobile

July 11, 2011

Pope Benedict will travel in greener style in the future when a project for a new hybrid popemobile gets off the drawing board and on to the road, a papal spokesman said.

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Cardinals feed Rome's poor to mark papal anniversary

July 11, 2011

Members of the College of Cardinals celebrated Pope Benedict's 60th anniversary of his priestly ordination by making a personal donation to pay for a special lunch for hundreds of poor people living in Rome.

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World Youth Day registration hits 440,000

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July 11, 2011

Organizers of this year's World Youth Day say the figures for registration and requests to volunteer are higher than ever and auger well for a successful gathering in Madrid in August.

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Participation in civil unions 'seriously sinful' — bishop

July 11, 2011

Civil unions "promote an unacceptable lifestyle, undermine the faith of the Church on holy Matrimony, and cause scandal and confusion," said Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, R.I.

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Ancient image of St. Paul discovered in catacomb

July 11, 2011

The Vatican announced what it called the "sensational discovery" of an early image of St. Paul on the frescoed wall of a catacomb in Naples.

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Libyan children suffer from ordnance explosions

July 11, 2011

Fifteen-year-old Mohammed Majeed had grown so accustomed to the war raging around him that he lost his fear of the ordnance scattered on the ground in his neighbourhood.

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