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Tiny crucifix restores faith, soul

Maria Kozakiewicz

October 12, 2015
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 18, 2015

I have a little crucifix on the wall above my desk. Nothing much, some 15 cm high and made of plastic. I found it on a top shelf at a Goodwill store, where odd figurines, strangely shaped cups and plaster Christmas trees await an interested eye. The crucifix was almost invisible, as it lay flat between a large, colourful merry-go-round and a statuette of a wizard holding a glass bowl.

Unresolved grief can lead to an actual broken heart (attack)

Lasha Morningstar

October 12, 2015

Grief is a tsunami of emotions. Loss abounds throughout life. Loss of friends, family, marriage, work, community, belief systems. On it goes. One of the major challenges is that, too often, we do not realize we are grieving. Easy to do. Society roars along as it deals with rampant change. Stopping, or even allowing time to take the side road to work through grief, is forbidden in today's society.

Pope Francis honours 'radical' Catholics in U.S. Congress

Douglas Roche

October 12, 2015

Of all the sights and sounds that filled the air during Pope Francis's inspiring visit to Washington, New York and Philadelphia, I was most moved by his surprising references to Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton. Of course, I was deeply honoured to have the privilege of meeting Pope Francis myself, but it was his praise of two persons who combated establishment thinking of the time to work for peace that really lifted me up.

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
DR. TERRENCE J. DOWNEY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

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
ADRIAN JOOSTEN
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

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.