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Forgiveness is the deep secret to joy, dispels bitterness

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 6, 2011

Somewhere near his 75th birthday, Morris West wrote a series of autobiographical essays entitled, A View From the Ridge. In the Prologue of that book he suggests that at age 75 you need to have only one word left in your spiritual vocabulary, gratitude, and that maturity is attained precisely at that moment when gratitude begins to drown out and cauterize the hurts in your life.

As he describes it: Life has served me as it serves everyone, sometimes well and sometimes ill. But I have learned to be grateful for the gifts of it, for the love that began it and the other loves with which I have been so richly endowed.

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Spirit's power came alive in surprising explosion of Pentecost

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June 6, 2011

In reading the history of the Second Vatican Council, one cannot help but be awestruck by the enormous trust Blessed Pope John XXIII had in the Holy Spirit. Elected pope at the age of 78, Angelo Roncalli was expected to be a caretaker pope, someone who minded the store for a few years after the long pontificate of Pope Pius XII.

Instead, three months after his election, Pope John called a council of the whole Church. Perhaps he had been waiting in the weeds, hoping for his chance to impose his agenda on an unsuspecting Church? This was nothing of the sort. Pope John had felt a glimmer of an insight, a little spark from the Holy Spirit and realized he must act.

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Fair trade coffee

June 13, 2011

Mariela Zamora, an agronomist with Catholic Relief Services, examines the health of coffee trees.

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Drug war chaos

June 13, 2011

Former gang members and drug addicts talk to a nun from a Catholic-run shelter

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Court issues indictments for 1989 Jesuit murders

June 13, 2011

Spain's National Court has invoked a special law to order the arrest and trial of 20 former Salvadoran military officers for the 1989 murder of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter.

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Laws in '70s led to decline in rate of abuse

Teresa Kettelkamp

June 13, 2011

The head of the U.S. bishops' Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection credited the passage of laws in the 1970s to protect women and children with leading to a decline in child sexual abuse.

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Registration opens for 2012 Eucharistic Congress

June 13, 2011

Registration has opened for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in 2012, and organizers hope the event will help reinvigorate the Irish Church.

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Irish archbishop wants Vatican to release report

June 13, 2011

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin chided Vatican officials for delaying release of a report of last year's apostolic visitation investigating the Irish Church's past handling of clergy sex abuse cases and current procedures for preventing abuse.

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Philippine bishops oppose legalizing divorce

June 13, 2011

Catholic clergy in the Philippines are urging fellow Catholics to voice their disapproval of a bill pending in the country's Congress that would legalize divorce.

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Francis de Sales drew roadmap for a spiritually mature laity

St. Francis de Sales

June 6, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

St. Francis de Sales is not the spiritual guide one would run to when burning with the fire of a recent conversion. At that point, one really believes that holiness and complete intimacy with God is possible. Now! Not only possible, but expected. And demanded.

Somewhere along the line, the penny drops. This business of being one with God is simple, but also demanding. It is not a matter of keeping an emotional fire stoked and raging. Try that and you become a problem, both to yourself and to others around you.

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