Our aging changing faces reveal the state of our souls

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 11, 2011

In one of James Carroll's early novels, he offers this poignant image: A young man is in the delivery room watching his wife give birth to their baby. The delivery is a difficult one and she is in danger of dying. As he stands watching, he is deeply conflicted: He loves his wife, is holding her hand and is frantically praying that she not die.

Yet the impending birth of their child and the danger of his wife's death conspire to make him acutely aware that, deep in his heart, he has not forgiven her for once being unfaithful to him.

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God gives opportunities for surrender, obedience

April 11, 2011

One of the realities that Passion Week points to is the depth of love that motivated Jesus to, as Paul tells us, empty himself of his God form "taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness." In that human form he humbled himself and became obedient, to the Father, even to death on a cross.

I find it difficult to grasp that reality because the radical difference between the nature of God and the nature of the human person makes it hard to comprehend the degree of gift that is inherent in Jesus' action.

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Pornography exacts a hefty price tag

Bishop Fred Henry

April 11, 2011

"What the world needs now is _______."

If most of us were asked to fill in the above blank, we'd likely say "love" and would likely echo the Luther Vandross lyrics of "What the world needs now, Is love, sweet love, It's the only thing, That there's just too little of."

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Voting guidance offered by bishops, CPJ

Joe Gunn

April 11, 2011

Will you vote on May 2? Are the issues that touch your life being discussed by the candidates in ways that represent your values? Does your faith have any bearing on how you vote?

Canada's Catholic bishops hope your answers to these questions are all a resounding "yes." So they have released a guide for voters eligible to participate in next month's federal election.

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Reconciliation creates a path of mercy

Fr. Raymond de Souza

April 11, 2011

Michael O'Brien, the leading Catholic novelist in the English language, has sent millions of words into print. He has painted numerous sacred images which tell their own stories, pictures being worth thousands of words.

Yet the words he spoke on March 28 at Saint Paul's University in Ottawa had an uncommon power, for they were a personal testimonial of grace.

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Trauma in the temple leads Mary to put her hope in the Lord

April 11, 2011
ANNE MARIE POSELLA
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

When my goddaughter was very young, I took her to Mass at my church. She sat quietly on my lap, absorbed in contemplation. It was Jesus who lived in that little gold house behind the altar. She frowned in puzzlement as she pondered this mystery, obviously wondering why she couldn't see him.

Suddenly, her face cleared. With a delighted smile, she turned to me and exclaimed with childlike logic, "I know why Jesus is hiding. He wants me to come and find him!"

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Priest shortage leads students to plan retreat

April 11, 2011
KELLY AALBERS
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Lloydminster – It was a warm summer day when my family and I pulled up to a small, welcoming church near a lake in southeast Saskatchewan. As we found a pew and took our seats, I wondered who the priest would be.

Three minutes later, as the procession made its way up the aisle, I did not see the priest.

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New missal translation to be implemented in Advent

April 11, 2011
WHO
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Canadian Catholics will begin using the new English translation of the Roman Missal on the First Sunday of Advent, Nov. 27.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) made the announcement April 4, after receiving recognitio for all sections of the revised Missal for use in Canada.

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CCODP visitor linked to Mexican pro-choice group

Michael Casey

April 11, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — The archbishop of Ottawa has cancelled a visit by a Mexican priest over concerns his human rights organization was too closely allied with other groups fighting to decriminalize abortion.

Father Luis Arriaga, director of the of the Miguel Pro Centre for Human Rights (PRODH), was scheduled to hold meetings and speak publicly on behalf of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) April 2-3.

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Ex-soldier marches to St. Joe's College

Fr. Terry Kersch

April 11, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Basilian Father Terry Kersch is a walking enigma, previously living the life of a soldier and then another as a man of the Gospel.

"The religious life and the military life, in some fundamental ways, are not all that different," said Kersch. "In the military life, it's the mission that takes precedence and part of your identity is putting yourself at the service of an overall mission.

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