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I must confess that I am getting a little tired of the increasing number of letters criticizing the new liturgy of the Mass.
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I refer to the editorial by Glen Argan, "Catholic Colleges offer gift of a liberal education" (WCR, Feb 20). I became considerably alarmed about this article but upon listening to tearful feelings of many other faithful folks, ages 14 to 86, I got sick to my stomach.
The Catholic Church in the United States is waging a valiant defence against a federal government plan to make all employee insurance benefit programs pay for contraceptives. The Church, led by the U.S. bishops, has argued that it would be a violation of the religious liberty to force Catholic institutions to pay for contraceptives.
A friend of mine tells this story: As a young boy in the 1950s he was struck down with pneumonia. His family lived in a small town that had neither a hospital nor a doctor. His father had a job which had taken him away from the family for that week. His mother was home alone with no phone and no car.
I know a stop for a city dweller between Nobleford and Granum on secondary highway 519 in southern Alberta. Alberta has many such charming places because there on a moonless, cloudless night of light traffic away from sources of light pollution, a motorist can pull off the highway onto a side road, turn out the car headlights and stop the engine.
Lent usually means giving up something. Chocolate, coffee, candy often head the list.
Measured by the savagery of their effects on the very fabric of Greek society, the European Union’s present policies toward Greece demand to be called into question. Examining the economic logic behind those policies, however, leads to an even more alarming conclusion.
A young girl asked her mother: "Mom, where did human beings originate?" Her mother said, "My daughter, we are all descended from Adam and Eve; they were our first parents."
When I read the splendid quotation from Pope Benedict which inspired this series – that "There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know him and to speak to others of our friendship with him" – my first thought was that I was there that day in St Peter's Square when Pope Benedict XVI delivered his inaugural homily. I was then working for the Holy See, at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
The promise of the meek inheriting the earth sounds ridiculous to us. How can a conglomeration of wispy, frightened, passive nobodies become rulers of any land? Jesus must be engaging in irony, telling a subtle joke.
However, later on, Jesus identifies himself with the meek. "Come to me all who labour and are burdened, and I will give you rest," he says. "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart. For my yoke is easy and my burden light."