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Jesus' crucifixion bares same stigma as those who suicide

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 26, 2015

Recently I read, in succession, three books on suicide, each written by a mother who lost one of her children to suicide. All three books are powerful, mature, not given to false sentiment, and worth reading: Lois Severson, Healing the Wound from my Daughter's Suicide, Grief Translated into Words, lost her daughter, Patty, to suicide; Gloria Hutchinson, Damage Done, Suicide of an Only Son, lost her son, David, to suicide; and Marjorie Antus, My Daughter, Her Suicide, and God, A Memoir of Hope, lost her daughter, Mary, to suicide. Patty and David were in their mid-twenties, Mary was still a teen.

Alberta Bishop's on Education

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October 26, 2015
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Pope Francis has proclaimed a Holy Year, an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy to begin on Dec. 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Mercy. Jesus Christ is the face of the Father's mercy. By his words, actions and his entire person he reveals the mercy of God. Pope Francis describes the mercy of God as his loving concern for each of us.

Precious wisdom pours into an open heart, open mind

Lasha Morningstar

October 26, 2015

This is one of the most precious times of the year for me. It is All Souls Night, the night when the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead is said to be at its thinnest. I pray joyously, revelling in the promised closeness. It is also the time when I can write down the names of my departed relatives and friends who have died in the book at the basilica. This gentle act of providing the book and promised prayers soothes my soul.

Simplicity clears the path to forgiveness

Kathleen Giffin

October 26, 2015
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 8, 2015

Richard Rohr tells the story of meeting a group of women in a refugee camp in Guatemala in the early 1980's. They had been displaced from their homes in El Salvador as a result of the civil war, and all had lost family members, mostly husbands and sons. He recounted their weekly practice of walking and praying the Stations of the Cross that they had created in the camp.

Synod of the Family debates priorities of North and South

Fr. Raymond de Souza

October 26, 2015

Canadians had a rather prominent role in the first week of the Synod on the Family. Two of the language-based discussion groups elected Canadians as their moderators - Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto for one of the English groups, and Cardinal Gerald Lacroix for one of the French. More notable, the Canadian delegation reflected one of the key global dynamics evident at the synod.

The Eucharist offers us eternal salvation

Mark Pickup

October 26, 2015

During the Great Depression my grandfather was, among other things, a travelling Presbyterian preacher throughout southern Alberta. I have stacks of his meticulous sermon notes, some handwritten on cardboard, most typed with his ancient Corona typewriter on scraps of paper yellowed with age now after so many decades. I got a hint of the poverty of the 1930s by noticing he had to make his own binder out of a discarded advertising board for Hersey chocolate. (He made do with materials he could find.)

New government must target climate change

Joe Gunn

October 26, 2015

I'm told a trip to Paris should be a treat in anyone's life. But only six weeks after the federal election, our newly-elected Prime Minister will face his first foreign-policy challenge there. Will he make Canadians proud? COP 21, the United Nations conference on climate change, starts in the French capital on the last day of November. The nations of the world will attempt to agree to targets for greenhouse gas emissions reductions that will prevent global temperatures from rising over 2? Celsius.

Church signs can elicit giggles, guffaws

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

October 26, 2015

The feedback I received in response to a column about Church bulletins prompted me to consider that other powerful medium that parishes everywhere use to communicate with their communities - Church signs. We are all familiar with the unintentional messages that a hastily worded sign can send: 'Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.' Or the possibly intentional misspelling in this one: 'God's will is perfect; people make misteaks'.

Pope Francis met with Congress, convicts - wise ones listened

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October 12, 2015

Twitter chatter and main stream secular media dubbed him the Rock Star Pope. Indeed, Pope Francis took the media,the U.S. Congress, New York and Phildelphia by storm. Crowds, hungry for spiritual nourishment, roared with delight calling out "Viva Papa" as he passed by in a motorcade, fell pin-drop silent in a million plus open air Mass.

Care of one's soul means balancing its fire and glue

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 12, 2015

Jesus taught this and, I suspect, we generally don't grasp the full range of it meaning. We tend to take Jesus' words to mean the following: What good is it if someone gains riches, fame, pleasure, and glory and then dies and goes to hell? What good is earthly glory or pleasure if we miss out on eternal life? Well, Jesus' teaching does mean that, no question. But there are other lessons in this teaching that have important things to instruct us about health and happiness already here in this life.