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Encyclical offers alternative to atheist attacks on faith

Fr. Robert Barron

August 26, 2013

In "new" atheist and secularist circles today, faith is regularly ridiculed. It is presented as pre-scientific mumbo jumbo, Bronze Age credulity, the surrender of the intellect, unwarranted submission to authority, etc.

September marks time for new beginnings

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

August 26, 2013

It is not unusual at this time of year for people to prepare for new beginnings. While this may be a formulaic feature of New Year's celebrations, the reality is that for many the end of the holidays and the start of the school year marks a fuller restart.

The cross a poignant symbol that marks tragedy and hope

Gordon Self

August 26, 2013

The summer months are nearing an end, and by now many readers will have traveled hundreds or even thousands of kilometres on vacation road trips to beautiful places across the country. In Alberta especially, many scenic highways offer breathtaking views along the way that are as spectacular as the traveler's destination itself.

Indifference to those who suffer lurks behind excuses

Mark Pickup

August 26, 2013

Recently I read about a family that took a stranger into their home. He has no family and is slowly dying with a terminal disease.

Women religious opened school doors to girl students

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July 22, 2013

One must stand in awe at the courageous witness of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot in the head by two Taliban men in October 2011 as she rode the bus home from school. Malala had the audacity to write a diary about her educational experiences and, more to the point, publish that diary on the BBC's Urdu network.

God is so beyond our comprehension, faith may seem impossible

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 22, 2013

God is ineffable. This is a truth that's universally accepted as dogma among all Christians and within all the great religions of the world. What does it mean?

Knock on God's door; give him your prayers

Kathleen Giffin

July 22, 2013
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 28, 2013

This Sunday's Gospel tells of Jesus teaching the disciples how to pray, how to ask the Father for what we need, trusting his goodness. He says, "Ask and it will be given you; search and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you."

Steady stream of tragedies makes us wonder why time is out of joint

Lasha Morningstar

July 22, 2013

Too much. It's just too much. Tragedy knocks on our door morning, noon and night. Floods. Massive train derailments incinerating people, homes, lives.

Can Christians be saved without the Church?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

July 22, 2013

Because of the scandals in various churches, especially in authority, many Christians, Catholic and Protestant, believe they can approach God in a private manner without the Church. I believe this is not a healthy attitude as the Church is the body of Christ.

Can these people obtain salvation if they are serious in their relationship with God?

Flood of compassion washes over Calgary

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

July 22, 2013

The June floods of 2013 in southern Alberta were traumatic by any indicator. Significant destruction of property, devastated infrastructure and thousands of displaced people - though mercifully few lives lost.