Stay true to Christian values

June 13, 2011

ZAGREB, CROATIA - Pope Benedict used his apostolic journey to the Croatian capital to encourage nations to build their communities on Christian values.

They should also support the traditional family and the sanctity of life, the pope said during his brief two-day pilgrimage June 4-5.

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Catholics see world through sacramental eyes — Walsh

Anne Walsh

June 13, 2011

EDMONTON — Being Catholic means to see everything in the world as sacramental, said the director of adult faith formation for the Archdiocese of St. John's, Nfld.

"There is one distinctive thing about being Catholic. We see the world through special glasses," Anne Walsh told pastoral assistants from across the Edmonton Archdiocese.

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Canada's new missal uses beautiful images to serve the liturgy

June 13, 2011

There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ.”

These words of Pope Benedict inspired the archbishop of Edmonton to launch a series of presentations on beauty; I have had the opportunity to listen to some of these and have been impressed by the wonderful variety that exists in the way people appreciate the beautiful.

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God kicked out of Quebec daycares

June 13, 2011

OTTAWA — Quebec’s ban on God, prayers, songs to Jesus and religious instruction in subsidized daycares discriminates against religious believers, says the Catholic Civil Rights League.

The league has expressed support for Jewish and Catholic parents who are appealing to the Quebec Superior Court on grounds the ban violates the constitution by infringing on religious freedom.

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Quebec walks into darkness with systematic atheism

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June 13, 2011, 2011

To paraphrase the French philosopher, Jacques Maritain: The Quebec government cannot see that man must choose between two ways: the way of Calvary and the way of slaughter. Maritain's comment, made in 1938, was actually about the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.

But it is appropriate to describing the current path of government in Quebec which, having abandoned the Catholic faith, is now on a path of militant atheism. The government no doubt blindly believes this is a path of liberation for its people.

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Press your ear to God's heart; remember you were kissed by God

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 13, 2011

The Last Supper account in John's Gospel gives us a wonderful mystical image. The evangelist describes the beloved disciple as reclining on the breast of Jesus.

What's contained in this image? A number of things.

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God's love embraces, nourishes, woos us

Kathleen Giffin

June 13, 2011
Trinity Sunday — June 19, 2011

Our readings this Sunday present a beautiful consistency between the Old Testament and New.

The First Reading recounts Moses' reception of the Ten Commandments. When Moses had taken the tablets, "the Lord passed before Moses, and proclaimed, 'The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.'"

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Fair taxation plants the seeds of justice

Joe Gunn

June 13, 2011

Canadians elected a new government last month and this month saw a new federal budget. There shouldn't have been any surprises, as the Conservatives won their majority on the promise of deficit reduction and low taxes.

One way to evaluate the budget is simply to ask if the governing party actually did what it promised to do. Christians might pose a deeper reflection: Does this budget deliver for those in need, while responsibly and fairly sharing the burden?

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What are the Spirit's fruits and gifts?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

June 13, 2011

What is the difference between the gifts and the fruits of the Holy Spirit?

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New official building bridges with religious orders

Archbishop Joao Braz de Aviz

June 13, 2011

He has only been at the Vatican for four months, but Brazilian Archbishop Joao Braz de Aviz is already getting good reviews.

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