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Vagaries of mental health mirror those of physical well-being

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi
August 15, 2016

As a boy, I longed to be a professional athlete but I had to accept the unwelcome fact that I wasn't gifted with an athlete's body. Speed, strength, coordination, instinct, vision - I got by in ordinary life with what I had been given of these, but I wasn't physically robust enough to be an athlete. It took some years to make peace with that.

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Endure suffering as a token of God's love

Lydia Cristini
August 15, 2016
Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 21, 2016

Holiness is hard. Sometimes, Christians can get carried away with the "warm fuzzies" of the Gospel message. I do not mean to belittle the messages about love and forgiveness and joy and blessings from the Bible; they are important and truthful messages. However, they are not the only themes the Holy Spirit has given through the authors of Scripture. The health-and-wealth Gospel is a tempting way to read the Bible: If you believe in God enough and are faithful to him, God will bless you. You will not get sick, and you will prosper.

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St. Kateri helps us find our way

Lasha Morningstar
August 15, 2016

The way God opens my heart is often amazing. St. Kateri is his latest gift to me. Certainly I had heard of St. Kateri, especially when she was made a saint. Dubbed the Lily of the Mohawks, her canonization was welcomed by North American Aboriginal peoples. Finally, they had a saint from among their own people. I had read of her story, of her resolute bravery in determining to become a Catholic, of her determination not to marry but to devote her life to Christ.

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Authority needed to determine true Islam

Bishop Fred Henry
August 15, 2016

The world has again been stunned by a jihadist attack, after two knife-wielding men burst into a church in a suburb of Rouen, France, killed an elderly priest, Father Jacques Hamel, during morning Mass and took hostages. Two nuns and one parishioner exited the church, followed by the attackers, one of whom was carrying a gun, and charged police shouting "Allahu akbar" (God is great). The pair were shot dead by police.

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Religion playing declining role in U.S. politics.

Joe Gunn
August 15, 2016

Hillary Clinton was likened to Lucifer in a speech at the Republican National Convention, and then Donald Trump referred to her as the devil. Not to be outdone, at the Democratic Convention, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg called Trump "a con," saying "The richest thing about Donald Trump is his hypocrisy." In a climate of highly-personal negative rhetoric, the two major U.S. political parties held their respective (if not overly respectful) conventions in July.

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Humility comes from recalling who we are

Kathleen Giffin
August 15, 2016
Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 28, 2016

A statue of St. Francis sits in my garden amidst the hostas and coral bells. He carries a Bible and a cross; his prayer beads are tied around his waist and a bird happily perches on his shoulder. St. Francis seems the epitome of humility. He stripped himself naked of his possessions and inheritance in the marketplace; he looked to God to supply all of his needs, clinging only to the prayer that expressed his union with God. He became so humble that the birds of the air found no threat in him; he became friends with all of creation by his lack of striving and his simplicity.

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Connecting with others offers hope for humanity

Dr. Gerry Turcotte
August 15, 2016

It is difficult to ignore the news these days. Every item seems grim, from wars to terrorist activity, economic turmoil to corruption scandals. Everywhere we turn we see evidence of humanity's intolerance, greed and corruption. Watching the news recently, I simply had to change the channel. It's not that I want to bury my head in the sand, but at times the unrelenting negativity wears me down.

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Christians build bridges until finally the world is one

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July 11/25, 2016

Almost essential to the proper nurturing of young children is a strong, supportive family. As children grow older, their need for community does not disappear, but expands. "It takes a village to raise a child," it is commonly said. Indeed, it does take a family, and it does take a village or a neighbourhood. Many children have grown to have outstanding lives without such roots, but they have often triumphed in spite of their background, not because of it.

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Growing tribalism a symptom of me-first mentality

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi
July 11/25, 2016

More than 2,400 years ago Socrates wrote these words: "I am a citizen, not of Athens or Greece, but of the world." Today more than ever these are words we need to appropriate because our world and we ourselves are sinking into unhealthy forms of tribalism where we are concerned primarily with taking care of our own. We see this everywhere. We tend to think that this lives only in circles of extremism, but it is being advocated with an ever-intensifying moral fervour virtually every place in the world.

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Pray, even when you cannot see the effects

Brett Fawcett
July 11/25, 2016
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 24, 2016

One thing we inevitably hear in the wake of great global tragedies and catastrophes is a lot of people telling the survivors that "our thoughts and prayers are with you." Lately, there's been another inevitable response: A chorus of people rejecting this, saying it isn't good enough. We need action, too, and, sometimes, people will even indignantly add: "Stop praying. God isn't doing anything." This may sound shocking and blasphemous to our ears, but we have to honestly consider the place where a retort like this could come from.

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