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Advent teaches essential patience

Kathleen Giffin

December 6, 2010

My grandparents were born and raised in Liverpool, England. They met, fell in love and decided to come to Canada. My grandfather, still a young man, came alone at first, travelling by boat, then train to the end of the tracks. He bought a horse and cart and headed northwest to the property he had chosen. more . . .

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Rod of discipline can be a service of love

Fr. Raymond de Souza

December 6, 2010

What does the law have to do with love? Are they not antithetical? To follow the law is to be under a burden, to be compelled, to be constrained. To love, on the other hand, is to embrace the capacity to choose, to be creative, to be liberated. more . . .

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Profound grief brings us to our knees in pain

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 6, 2010

What can we say in the face of deep loss, inconsolable grief, or unrequited obsessions? As a graduate student in Louvain, I once posed that question to the renowned psychologist, Antoine Vergote: "When you lose a loved one, either through death or because that person dies to you in some other way, what can you do? What can you say to help someone in that situation?" more . . .

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Desert is God’s place of comfort

December 6, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In his more than five years as pope, Benedict XVI has pulled no punches about the state of the Church. He has been gracious and appreciative of all the good that is being done. But he has also been forthright in facing what he calls “evil in the Church. more . . .

 

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A child is a creation of love, not scientific manipulation

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December 6, 2010

The 20th century theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar maintained there is an inseparable connection between love and truth. To know the truth is to perform an act of love. It is to step outside the confines of one's self and open oneself up to the object one is endeavouring to know. more . . .

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Unplanned pregnancy can lead to adoption

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December 6, 2010
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Only two per cent of single women who face an unplanned pregnancy choose to give their child up for adoption.

LifeCanada, a pro-life educational organization, has launched an awareness campaign so more women will consider this option. more . . .

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Ordaining women is not the Church’s choice to make - Benedict

December 6, 2010
RITA FITCH
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — In his latest book, Pope Benedict reaffirmed the Church has “no authority” to ordain women as priests.

The pope also rejected the idea that the rule was formed only because the Church originated in a patriarchal society. more . . .

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Elders speak their truth from a park bench

December 6, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

VILLENEUVE — Following the success of her two previous musical productions, Sandra Brenneis, a Villeneuve-based composer and playwright, decided to write a third.

Brenneis’ sister, Colleen Soetaert, is the chairperson for the West Sturgeon Aging in Place Foundation. In 2001, Soetaert recognized the need for an assisted living facility for area seniors. Since Brenneis had written a few songs for celebrations at St. Peter’s Parish in Villeneuve, she suggested hosting a musical production to generate seed money for such a facility. more . . .

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Newfoundlanders’ deep Catholic roots need evangelizing

Archbishop Martin Currie

December 6, 2010
SHEILA DABU NONATO
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — Despite serious challenges to the Church in Newfoundland, Archbishop Martin Currie says there is an opportunity to evangelize communities in a province with deep Catholic roots.

“I believe with all that has gone on in the Church, in some way it’s part of the mystery of God. more . . .

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New media is tool for reaching out to youth

December 6, 2010
ANNE-MARIE HUGHES
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON — New media are an important way for the Church to reach out to youth, presenters said at a Nov. 20 training session for youth leaders and volunteers.

“Use the power of new media resources to meet youth where they are,” said presenter Laurie Friesen. more . . .

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