Mary rejoices to be part of a kingdom without end

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December 21, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The birth of Jesus will usher in a kingdom that has no end, the angel Gabriel told Mary at the annunciation. More fully, the angel said, "The Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end" (Luke 1.32-33).

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Christmas fulfills promise to Adam and Eve

Mark Pickup
December 21, 2015

St. Ignatius was bishop of Antioch overseeing first century Syrian Christians and was a disciple of the Apostle John. He wrote a letter to the Christians at Ephesus as he was being transported to Rome to face wild beasts in the arena. Ignatius wrote, "For our God, Jesus Christ, was conceived by Mary in accord with God's plan: of the seed of David, it is true, but also of the Holy Spirit."

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The ecstasy of being ordinary

December 21, 2015
ADRIAN JOOSTEN
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

I was revisiting my old disintegrating red-coloured copy of G.K. Chesterton's work Heretics, a fascinating collection of essays surrounding the issues of Catholic orthodoxy in the author's society more than a century ago. Among the delicious lines of Omar and the Sacred Vine lies a gem of a quote where he declares "it is more dazzling to catch a glimpse of the ecstasy of being ordinary."

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Book explores interplay of faith, politics

Joe Gunn
December 21, 2015

Faith and politics matter," says John Milloy, author of a new book of this very title, released by Novalis Publishing last month. He should know. Milloy was a staffer in Prime Minister Jean Chrétien's office, later served as an Ontario provincial cabinet minister and now is professor of public ethics at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary

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Christian-Muslim dialogue needed on violence

Dexcember 21, 2015

Re: "Muslims are the first victims of Islamic terrorism." by Fr. Ron Rolheiser (WCR, Dec. 7). "Is Islam a religion of peace?", Cardinal Ratzinger answered, "Well, we can say that there are elements of peace within it." Rolheiser's column missed Pope Benedict's nuance.

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Christmas should be time for relationship with God

Dexcember 21, 2015

As Christmas approaches, I have been hunting for spiritual decorations as family gifts. It has been enlightening and a bit upsetting to find only a handful of items in any of the several stores through which my husband and I have searched. Of course, I have encountered a shocking number of references to the fact this "season" is all about the family and, no, they are not referring to the Holy Family.

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'Today' is the day of our liberation

December 21, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The story of Jesus and the Holy Spirit continues into the synagogue at Nazareth. At Jesus' baptism in the Jordan, the Spirit descended upon him in the form of a dove. After the baptism, the Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness where he was tempted. Jesus' public ministry - at least in Luke's Gospel - is inaugurated when Jesus reads from the prophet Isaiah in the Nazareth synagogue:

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Stained glass sees light again

December 7, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Divine intervention, says Alene Mutala, led to one parish's lost treasure sparking the transformation of a Sherwood Park high school into a building of faith. "I truly believe that it was the work of the Holy Spirit that was with me that day," Mutala said of her visit to the archdiocesan archives where she came upon the stained glass Stations of the Cross that had been salvaged from Edmonton's St. Pius X Church, closed in 2012.

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Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

December 7, 2015
Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,

With great joy and hope I write to you on the eve of this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, established by our Holy Father, Pope Francis, who will inaugurate it on Dec. 8, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. In communion with the whole Church, our honouring of this year will commence with the blessing and opening of the "Holy Door" at St. Joseph's Basilica on the Third Sunday of Advent, Dec. 13, 2015. The jubilee will close on the feast of Christ the King, Nov. 20, 2016.

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