Lay students dip their toes in the deep waters of theology

June 25, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Newman Theological College's year-long Certificate in Catholic Studies program, an online program that offers students the basics of the faith, was so successful it will be expanded in the fall.

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Read the Bible and pray with it

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast

June 25, 2012
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast urged Catholics to keep a Bible in their home, read it alone or with family and friends and pray with it, especially through the practice of lectio divina.

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Liturgy stills stokes fires of controversy

June 25, 2012
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Half a century after the start of the Second Vatican Council, the reform of the liturgy initiated there has not lost its power to stoke controversy.

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Decline in charitable activity corrodes society – think tank head

June 25, 2012
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - Charity in Canada has a political problem that is contributing to an alarming drop in charitable giving and volunteering in Canada, says the president of Cardus, a think tank devoted to renewing civil society.

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Online Catechism

Cover - Catechism of the Catholic Church

June 25, 2012

A woman displays the e-book version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on an iPad.

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Studying Jesus leads one to a deeper faith – prof

June 25, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

To study the nature and meaning of Jesus Christ is to deepen one's faith in every way, says Franciscan Father Donald MacDonald.

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Assisted suicide opens Pandora's box of the culture of death

WCR Logo

June 25, 2012

The B.C. Supreme Court decision to strike down the law banning assisted suicide as unconstitutional is a very bad decision and will, if left unchallenged, lead to nightmarish consequences for Canadian society. However, while this decision needs to be contested, it needs to be realized that the current trajectory of Western society leads, with a certain inevitability, to legalized euthanasia as well as all sorts of other assaults on human life and dignity.

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Break bad habits by burning them with love's pure fire

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 25, 2012

We all have our faults, weaknesses, places where we short-circuit morally, dark spots, secret and not-so-secret addictions. When we're honest, we know how universally true are St. Paul's words: "The good thing I want to do, I never do; the evil thing that I do not want to do – that is what I do."

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God calls us to re-launch our boats of life

John Connelly

June 25, 2012
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 1 2012

Today the heart of Jesus calls to you and me. His voice speaks to that hidden place in us that only God can see. The question we all need to ask is, "Lord, what would you have me do?" It is a frightening question.

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An answer just might be written in the stars

Gordon Self

June 25, 2012

As an amateur stargazer, I love training my telescope on Saturn. Viewing the rings around this beautiful gas giant never fails to awe me. Recently, I was with friends and their daughter to do a little stargazing in Saint John, N.B., overlooking the Bay of Fundy.

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