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Few groups went through as much change because of the Second Vatican Council as did diocesan priests. This would not be apparent from reading any history of the four years of Vatican II. While there was much controversy over the theology of bishops' collegial authority and a lot of attention was given to the role of the laity, priests seemed to be the forgotten ones.
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The first concern that one might have about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is that only one side of the "truth" was heard at its national events. While one heard numerous testimonies from survivors of Indian residential schools, no one spoke for those, mostly Church people, who worked in the schools. Even less was there any voice for the federal government which held ultimate authority for the schools.
We need to give away some of our own possessions in order to be healthy. Wealth that is hoarded always corrupts those who possess it. Any gift that is not shared turns sour. If we are not generous with our gifts we will be bitterly envied and will eventually turn bitter and envious ourselves.
Jesus is risen! This is the sacred cry of the Church in this holy season. We celebrate the reality that Jesus has overcome death so that we might all have eternal life. The question we need to ask ourselves is – Is Jesus risen in me? Is he alive in me today?
Chances are you will eat your dinner when you want. Go to bed when you want. Go out the door when you want. Inmates can't. So why should we care? They broke a law, maybe many laws. They deserve to be there. Really?
When I met Moira (not her real name) she was completely broken-hearted. As the old song says, "I can tell by your eyes, you've probably been crying forever." That was Moira. The 42-year-old mother had developed severe chronic progressive multiple sclerosis which put her into a wheelchair within a year of her diagnosis. Moira's husband left her, and their only daughter went with him.
When I read today's excerpt from John's Gospel telling of Jesus' post-resurrection appearance to his disciples, the simplicity of the description seemed scant in view of the subject. Consider the scene: Jesus came and "stood among them."
The first time Father Charlie Gervais came to my front door, he was wearing a wig and a bathrobe. This is not a missionary's usual garb. But then, Charlie is no usual missionary. He was accompanied by Father Mike Traher (now a missioner in Guyana), who was also weirdly attired. Their goal, as my poor mother opened the door, was to engage this devout woman in a conversation designed to lead to her conversion.
Holy Saturday is in the offing. It can be a rich day, full of spiritual contemplation. It would be such a shame to not use it as such. Guidance can often help to use this time in preparation for Easter Sunday. Franciscan Father Kevin Lynch of Mount St. Francis Retreat Centre near Cochrane muses, "A metaphor to me is bread dough. It has to sit before it rises. Be still and know that I am God." He likes words like "threshold" to describe this time, "or stillness or liminal space where something strange might be happening."
Two weeks shy of his 90th birthday on April 15, Archbishop Joseph MacNeil is told he looks healthy. "I'm faking it – cosmetics, Botox!" the long-retired archbishop shoots back near the start of a wide-ranging 90-minute interview. Then MacNeil launches into a description of his 40-year history of long walks around Edmonton and environs. Until a couple of years ago, he made regular trips to Elk Island National Park east of the city, the park where he took Pope John Paul II 30 years ago when the visiting pontiff had an afternoon off.