Old age designed to mature the soul

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 4, 2013

What can God and nature have had in mind when they designed the aging process? Why is it that just when our mental prowess, our human maturity, and our emotional freedom are at their peak, the body begins to fall apart?

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Bill and Isaiah were touched by angels

Ralph Himsl

February 4, 2013
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 10, 2013

The first of our readings for this Sunday's Mass consists of Isaiah's heady account of a visionary meeting with the Lord sitting in majesty, sumptuously arrayed, attended by seraphs, six winged – a rich experience. I like it a lot.

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Canada builds on the hope of Haitians

Bishop Fred Henry

February 4, 2013

The Year of Faith, declared by Pope Benedict is a "summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Saviour of the world" (Porta Fidei 6).

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Give me faith, hope and love that have teeth

Fr. Robert Barron

February 4, 2013

St. Paul famously tells the Corinthians that there are "three things that last: faith, hope, and love." At this Pauline prompt, the Christian tradition has identified these three as the "theological" virtues, meaning those features that come as a unique gift from God and that serve as the structuring elements of a properly spiritual life.

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Obituaries, wills are the power to write our final stories

Lasha Morningstar

February 4, 2013

It's a grismal way to start the day. But it must be done. Each and every morning I go through the newspaper obituaries searching for any priests or nuns who might have died. Should one be on their way to heaven, a story might be done based on their religious life.

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Star-studded names escape the abortionist

Fr. Raymond de Souza

February 4, 2013

Two important anniversaries. Two famous lives.

Twenty five years ago, on Jan. 28, 1988, the Supreme Court handed down the Morgentaler decision, ruling that Canada's then rather permissive abortion law was unconstitutional.

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Vatican II turns its attention to nature of the Church

February 4, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

After the great crisis over the status of the document on the Sources of Revelation that Pope John XXIII had deftly resolved, it might have been hoped that the first session of the Second Vatican Council would slowly wind down to its conclusion two and a half weeks later.

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New beginnings would benefit Catholic education

February 4, 2013

The 2012-13 Year of Faith recognizes the priceless treasure of Catholic schools as an indispensable instrument of evangelization. Dr. John Acheson’s article in the WCR (“Catholic education battles secular push in today’s society,” Dec. 17) reminds us of the critically important role that Catholic schools play in evangelization.

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Students rise to occasion in Catholic education

February 4, 2013

John Acheson’s article, “Catholic education battles secular push in today’s society,” (WCR, Dec. 17) brought many memories to mind.

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City Hall display widely vetted among Christians

February 4, 2013

We were disappointed and somewhat dismayed to find Heidi Seeholzer’s letter published in the Jan. 21 WCR (“City Hall display an affront to Christianity, says reader”).

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