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Make your life your living witness to God

Ralph Himsl

October 24, 2011
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 30, 2011

The Gospel readings for recent Sundays have Jesus engaged in discussions with priests, scribes, elders and Pharisees - community leaders in Jerusalem. He berates them in personal confrontations.

Even in their absence, as in today's Gospel, he discusses their failings in a forthright manner. He acknowledges their intimate knowledge of the law - the scribes for example, made copies of its texts and so knew them well. But their failure to live by its requirements drew Jesus' ire.

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Political control over religion corrupts

Bishop Fred Henry

October 24, 2011

With more than 100 religious leaders in attendance on Oct. 3, International Affairs Minister John Baird opened formal consultation on the creation of an Office of Religious Freedom.

The office's mandate is intended to promote and protect freedom of religion and belief, consistent with Canadian values such as freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. The office will operate within the department of foreign affairs and international trade.

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Compassion means being present to others

Gordon Self

October 24, 2011

Those visiting the new statue on the Alberta Legislature grounds recognizing the historic contribution of the Catholic sisters in our province may experience what I did when I first looked up at the stained glass plate in the hands of the bronze figure.

The sister's face is framed in one of the central glass panels focusing an array of warm light around the statue. Seeing her face in this light underscores the creative vision of artist Herman Poulin who attests the sisters' work as one of service, reflecting ultimately the light and compassion of Christ.

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Eucharist helps us realize the fullness of our humanity

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October 17, 2011

Pope John Paul II's first encyclical in 1979, The Redeemer of Humanity, was devoted to the nature of the human person. The pope explored the fullness of what it means to be human.

In the encyclical, the new pope quoted the statement from Vatican II's document on The Church in the Modern World that became his hallmark, being included in nearly every major document he would write: "In reality, it is only in the mystery of the Word made flesh that the mystery of man becomes truly clear." It is only by understanding Christ that one can fully understand the human person.

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Too often good looks tend to trump all else

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 17, 2011

Nearly a century ago, Oscar Wilde wrote a famous novel entitled, A Picture of Dorian Gray. It begins this way:

Basil Hallward, a painter, has just finished a portrait of a young man of extraordinary good looks, Dorian Gray. Just as he finishes the painting, a brilliant, though highly cynical, young lord, Henry Wotton, wanders into the room, marvels at the painting and compliments Dorian on his good looks.

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Love the Lord your God with all your heart

John Connelly


October 17, 2011
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 23, 2011

In this week's Gospel we are given a profound and central key to the heart of God. Jesus is posed the following question, "Master, which is the greatest commandment of the Law?"

And Jesus replied, "'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment."

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Encountering Jesus Christ transforms lives

Mark Pickup

October 17, 2011

People in the Edmonton Archdiocese are so fortunate to have Archbishop Richard Smith. He is truly committed to people knowing Christ in a personal way and living holy lives that reflect our blessed Catholic faith.

Archbishop Smith's vision for the flock entrusted to his care is captured in his pastoral letter entitled Pastoral Priorities of the Archdiocese of Edmonton. I recommend that everyone read it and contribute to the goals the archbishop has established.

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Well done, good and faithful elder servants

October 17, 2011

As is my custom when time allows, I arrived about half an hour early for Mass one Sunday. It wasn't my usual parish as I was away from home, but I found a pew close to the tabernacle and knelt to pray.

After a little while, two mature women, well past retirement age approached the votive stand near the tabernacle to light candles for their loved ones. I was noticing the shade of their hair — pure snowy-white — when I heard these words interiorly: "All the snow is at the summit."

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Moneyball film hits a home run for those on a spiritual path

Fr. Robert Barron

October 17, 2011

The management of the 2002 Oakland Athletics found itself in a bind. The team had performed very well the previous year, making it to the playoffs, but in the offseason, three of its best players were lured away by lucrative contracts offered by East Coast powerhouses.

In a small market and with a limited budget, the A's had to find a way to compete. Their general manager, former big-leaguer Billy Beane, stumbled on a revolutionary strategy to make the Athletics winners while remaining within their means.

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Catholics affirm life in the face of death

Bob McKeon

October 17, 2011

On Sept. 21, Troy Davis was executed by the state of Georgia. He had been convicted of the 1989 murder of a police officer. Over the years, Davis continually protested his innocence.

The murder verdict was based on the testimony of witnesses. There was no physical evidence linking Davis to the crime, and no murder weapon was ever recovered.

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