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Cry out for mercy, Jesus will answer

John Connelly

October 12, 2015
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 25, 2015

We all have a profound need for the mercy of Jesus in our lives. The human heart can never be fully awakened unless we encounter his mercy in a personal way. In this week's Gospel we read: "As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizeable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging.

Political parties cater to noxious boutique politics

October 12, 2015

Among the various responsibilities of a Catholic university is the call to be faithful to its mission in all its dimensions. This includes the duty to do what is possible to promote a vibrant and just political order. This particular obligation is especially pertinent for Catholic higher education in Canada in this federal election year, when a period of seemingly bottomless cynicism pervades the ranks of much of Canada's youth about the nature of federal politics.

Pope Francis asks us to walk the talk

Bob McKeon

October 12, 2015

I retired from my position at the Social Justice Office at the Edmonton Archdiocese last June. My last public job responsibility was to assist with presenting Pope Francis' new encyclical Laudato si to the Edmonton media. This meant studying the preparatory materials and speed reading the encyclical text just prior to its date of publication. Since then, Laudato si continues to be very much part of my life as I am being asked to dig deeper into this remarkable document, and to help lead study sessions with different Catholic and ecumenical groups.

Exploring mystery of the Eucharist brings revelations

October 12, 2015

As an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, it has fascinated me to what a Christian mystery when I distribute the Body of Christ at Sunday Mass in my home parish of Holy Trinity Parish. The mystery goes beyond handling and physically distributing Communion, placing the transformed white wafer into the hands of outstretched souls; the mystery is how I see the Eucharist and how it has changed me.

Schoolboard chaos, comments have left a bad taste

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September 28, 2015

The Edmonton Catholic School Board needlessly undermined Catholic teaching and its own credibility with a chaotic discussion at its Sept. 15 meeting aimed at meeting the needs of a transgendered student. Board chair Debbie Engel's assurances a week later that the school district is meeting the student's needs and will soon approve a policy dealing specifically with transgendered children should help to calm the storm.

Recipe for disaster: We all think we are centre of the universe

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 28, 2015

There are now more than seven billion people on earth and each one feels he or she is the centre of the universe. That accounts for most problems in the world, in our neighbourhoods and in our families. No one's to blame for this, save God perhaps, for making us this way. Each of us is created in the image and likeness of God, meaning that each of us holds within a divine spark, a piece of infinity and an ingrained knowledge of that unique dignity.

Marriage demands a mother release her son

Kathleen Giffin

September 28, 2015
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 4, 2015

Thirty years ago when I married, I don't think I considered that I was not only taking on a new role as a wife, I was also taking on the role of being a daughter-in-law. In our culture, jokes about mother-in-laws abound: They are caricatured as being interfering, snoopy, critical and demanding.

Response to refugee crisis must become a top global priority

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September 28, 2015

Currently, more than 51 million people around the world are refugees or displaced from their homelands, one of the greatest human tragedies in history. While Canada cannot provide asylum to even most of these people, it does have a moral obligation to provide at least a temporary home to a significant number.

Speak out to save the lives of refugees

Lasha Morningstar

September 28, 2015

Tears rolled down my cheeks. The photo of Aylan Kurdi's lifeless body lying crumpled on the Turkish beach had loaded onto my computer screen. That heart-breaking image put a face on the news stories blanketing the media about the waves of African and Middle Eastern refugees fleeing their war-torn countries.

Entry to heaven takes a miracle

Brett Fawcett

September 28, 2015
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 11, 2015

Today's Gospel reading is one of the most important in the history of the Church's spiritual life. The rich young man who claims to have led a morally perfect life, yet leaves dejected after Jesus tells him that to gain the kingdom of God, he must sell everything he has, give the proceeds to the poor, and follow him. Does it mean that every follower of Jesus must literally sell all that they have in order to get into heaven?

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