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Listening in prayer is the pathway to knowing God's will

Lasha Morningstar

January 16, 2012


Hard stuff isn't it?

Because if we really listen it means we must filter out as much of the extraneous world as we possibly can and concentrate on the sound/words being made or said.

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Despite his protests, Hitchens the atheist actually loved God

Fr. Robert Barron

January 16, 2012

I have, over the years, playfully accused some of my atheist interlocutors of being "secret Herods." The biblical Herod arrested John the Baptist but nevertheless took pleasure in listening to John preach from his prison cell.

So, I've suggested, the atheists who come to my website and comment so acerbically and so frequently on my Internet videos are, despite themselves, secretly seeking out the things of God. I will confess to having a certain Herod syndrome in reverse in regard to Christopher Hitchens (who died Dec. 15).

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Mental illness throws a wrench into quality medical treatment

January 16, 2012

Mental illnesses are a barrier to so many things in life.

We lost a good friend at Christmas. She was one of the first people in my parish to make friends with my wife when she came to Canada. We've watched her youngest son grow up, and I have tried to be a positive male role model for him. She was a single mom with nine children.

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Change your heart, forgive your sin, let God transform you

Mark Pickup

January 16, 2012

Things designed for good can be used for bad purposes. Art in its proper context captures images of beauty in the world or perverted to promote evil such as pornography. Books can teach and enlighten while others promote falsehoods or hatred.

Sometimes that which is life affirming in one context can be life denying if misused in another context. A drug originally intended to try to save life can also be used to kill.

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Happy New Year! God is present in our lives

Fr. Ayodele Ayeni CsSP

January 16, 2012

For philosophers, life is full of coincidences. But for us Christians, life is providential. While the philosopher talks of coincidence because of chance, we Christians talk about providence because we believe there is a God in charge of our lives and human history.

What is more evident than God's in-breaking into human history in Jesus Christ? Christmas offered the opportunity to welcome God among us and into our history: human history is being divinized because Immanuel became historical, the highest act of God's providential love.

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Budget: an exercise in moral priorities

Joe Gunn

January 16, 2012

At this time of year, Canadians may be preoccupied with paying off their holiday credit card expenses - and not thinking too much about longer term prospects. With high unemployment, continuing stock market declines and worrying news about the European and American fiscal crises, many Canadians have been lowering their debt loads.

Their federal government is planning to do the same. The trick is to cut without stalling a fragile recovery, while making the investments necessary to ensure sustainability for the next generation of Canadians.

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Can O Antiphons be used through the year?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

January 16, 2012

I was at an event recently where the O Antiphons were mentioned. Can you tell me more about them?

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The Magi, on seeing the new king, took the path of faith

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December 26, 2011

The star led the Magi on a journey. Wise as those men were, they knew not the road they were on. Informed by a star, they set out to find a new king and, most naturally, went to the capital of the nation to which the star led.

Nothing was to be found in that centre of power. Instead, the new king was discovered among people of no importance. No rulers, religious leaders or scholars were at Bethlehem – only Mary, Joseph, Jesus and others whose names have been lost in the mist of history.

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Only prayer can open our eyes to our call to share in divine life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 26, 2011

Familiarity breeds contempt. It also blocks the mystery of Christmas by breeding a view of life that cannot see divinity within humanity.

Yet all of us are hopelessly prone to see most everything in an over-familiar way, namely, in a way that sees little or nothing of the deep richness and divinity that is shimmering everywhere under the surface. G.K. Chesterton, reflecting on this, once declared that one of the deep secrets of life is to learn to look at things familiar until they look unfamiliar again. Alan Jones calls this a process of unlearning what's familiar.

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The roots of the feast of Mary, Mother of God

Ralph Himsl

December 26, 2011
Mary, the Mother of God
November 1, 2011

I have a lament of sorts: with the investment that society has made in the formal education given me, supplemented by decades of experience, travel, mistakes, reading, study and dare I say it, thinking (?), it grieves me that I should know so little.

I see for example, the note in my Sunday Missal that on Jan. 1, we observe the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God on this World Day of Prayer for Peace.

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