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When I was 22 years old, a seminarian, I was privileged to have a unique kind of desert experience. I sat with my siblings in a palliative care room for several weeks, watching my father die.
My father was young still, 62, and in good health until being struck with pancreatic cancer. He was a man of faith and he brought that to his final struggle. He wasn't afraid of God, whom he had served all his life, nor of the afterlife, which his faith assured him was to be joy-filled.
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Mention monarchy and most folk's ears perk up. The most recent bit of chatter came out of Perth, Australia, when Commonwealth leaders gathered to discuss items of common interest.
England's Prime Minister David Gordon proposed changes to allow a royal's daughter to be queen, changing a centuries' old rule that said sons took precedence over older sisters.
In an historic declaration last month, some 26 communities of faith in Canada, joined by another seven faith-based organizations, stated that climate change represents a moral crisis. They also recognized that solutions to this crisis will not be found without relying on the spiritual resources of the world's religious traditions.
Canada's faith leaders went further. They debunked the bogus argument that climate change is not caused by human activity. The faith leaders correctly named "the unprecedented human contribution to climate change."
Catholic prison chaplains don't judge prisoners and they love inmates as God does. They believe inmates should have the opportunity to change, to heal and to rebuild their lives no matter how hopeless or lost they feel.
"As a society we have no use for them, we are desensitized to them but they are human beings loved by God," says chaplain Mary-Anne Miskolzie of the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre.
Edmonton – Catholics in the Edmonton Archdiocese have been directed to kneel for the Consecration during Mass and bow before receiving Communion.
"These directives have as their intention to assure consistent practice in the archdiocese and conformity with the universal law of the Church," Archbishop Richard Smith says in a pastoral letter announcing the directives.
As you know, a revised English-language translation of the Roman Missal has been approved by the Holy See for use in Canada. The Missal is the book that you see the priest use as he presides at Mass. It contains all the prayers and indications that guide the ordained and lay faithful in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
EDMONTON – Sister Annata Brockman, while on a retreat many years ago with other sisters, was asked to explain her motivating force in daily living.
Brockman responded with a statement by which she has lived her whole life. She even keeps that response typed on a slip of paper.
EDMONTON – Mena Jewell found it "kind of creepy" to be standing across the street from the Women's Health Options abortion clinic but she said maybe it's the right thing to do.
"When we stand here people will say 'Why are all these people standing there looking at that building. Are they on strike?'" the Edmonton woman said, trembling from the cold.
Vatican City – Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith has presented Pope Benedict with a specially bound edition of the first printed copy of the revised Canadian English-language edition of the Roman Missal.
At the private audience Nov. 7, the archbishop also gave the pope a copy of the book marking the opening earlier this year of the new building housing St. Joseph Seminary in Edmonton.
OTTAWA – Quebec could be headed for a fiscal collapse similar to that now faced by Greece if it does not re-examine its social programs, says a new study by the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada.
"There are real reasons to be concerned about the sustainability of the rather ambitious Quebec welfare state," say the authors of A Quebec Family Portrait released Nov. 7.