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Religious activity can be a barrier to intimacy with God

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 15, 2010

In my more reflective moments, I am sometimes forced to ask myself: Am I really interested in God or am I only interested in things about God? Am I more interested in teaching, speaking and writing about God than I am in actually meeting God, one to one, in prayer and silence? more . . .

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Drink the fine wine found in John Paul II’s Rich in Mercy

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November 15, 2010

This month marks the 30th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s second encyclical, Rich in Mercy. While John Paul’s first encyclical, Redeemer of Humanity, showed how Jesus reveals man to himself, Rich in Mercy spoke of how Jesus reveals the Father. What Jesus reveals about the Father is love, in particular, his mercy. more . . .

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Vocation directors report increased interest

October 11, 2010

New revelations of clergy sex abuse and the Vatican apostolic visitation of U.S. communities of women religious have not discouraged U.S. Catholics from considering a religious vocation.

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You can’t keep Charlie from his rosary

October 11, 2010

Charles Lee is never far from a rosary.

There are three or four on an end table next to his recliner. He keeps one on a kitchen cabinet and a few more next to his bed.

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World sliding into darkness – author

November 15, 2010
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Bestselling author and painter Michael O’Brien says the world is descending into darkness deeper than that before the birth of Christ. more . . .

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Fr. Bonelli, a beloved pastor for Italian parish

November 15, 2010
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

BASSANO DEL GRAPPA, ITALY - Father Giovanni (John) Bonelli, co-founder and longtime pastor of Edmonton's Santa Maria Goretti Italian Parish, will be remembered as an energetic, loving and caring pastor and friend. more . . .

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Exorcist shortage has U.S. bishops trying to recruit more

November 15, 2010
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON – U.S. bishops are looking for a few good men to become exorcists.

In response to growing interest in the rite of exorcism and a shortage of trained exorcists nationwide, the bishops are sponsoring a two-day conference prior to their 2010 fall general assembly Nov. 15-18 in Baltimore. more . . .

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Chaput calls for 'Christianity of resistance'

November 15, 2010
STEVE WEATHERBE
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VICTORIA - Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver called on believers to "practise a Christianity of resistance" against forces that would deny religious believers a voice in public affairs. more . . .

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Archbishop urges readers to complete readership survey

November 15, 2010
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As parishioners in the Archdiocese of Edmonton, you are eligible to have the Western Catholic Reporter delivered by mail each week to your home. As publisher of the WCR, I want to make sure that the newspaper serves you, the readers, in the best possible way. more . . .

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Keeping chaste keeps God's law, keeps STD's at bay

November 15, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

FORT SASKATCHEWAN – Unlike animals, humans can choose when, with whom and why to have sex.

Pam Stenzel, a renowned chastity educator from Minnesota, cautioned young people that God created sex with a boundary, and that boundary is marriage. more . . .

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