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'Clock sympathy' a sign of gravity's pull on our lives

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

December 3, 2012

There is a concept known as clock sympathy that may be apocryphal, though it also has a basis in scientific fact. I first learned of this from a clockmaker who explained that whenever you place clocks together in proximity, and no matter how different their rhythms, they eventually harmonize, so that their pendulums swing in concert. It is a concept that invokes both the laws of magic and the laws of physics.

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Vatican II was a step in a process, not an end in itself

Fr. Robert Barron

December 3, 2012

Just a few weeks ago, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. So, there has been a good deal of commentary from historians, theologians and even from the handful of bishops and experts who actually participated in the Council five decades ago.

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A candle brings light and warmth

Lasha Morningstar

December 3, 2012

The first thought is always the same and always anxious. Is the candle room door open?

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Ticking, tocking in the wild rush of time

Maria Kozakiewicz

December 3, 2012
Second Sunday in Advent
December 9, 2012

We live in a world governed by time – years, months, days, hours and minutes, even seconds must be accounted for by all means. Very aptly, therefore, we are surrounded with all kinds of time-measuring devices: from a variety of calendars, to a plethora of wall clocks and watches of all kinds and shapes.

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Do not be afraid, for compassionate God reads our hearts

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 3, 2012

We live with too much fear of God. This has many faces, from the superstitious fear of the naive, to the legalistic fear of the over-scrupulous, to the intellectual fear of the sophisticated. In the end, we all struggle to believe that God is the last person of whom we need to be afraid. But in our own ways, we all struggle with fear of God.

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Cathedral Vespers light the lamp of liturgical prayer

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December 3, 2012

Now in its fifth year, Nothing More Beautiful at St. Joseph's Basilica is organized around a catechetical talk and a witness talk on a particular theme. The setting for those talks is the celebration of Cathedral Vespers.

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Christmas means opening our hearts to all

Mark Pickup

December 10, 2012

I was listening to a young woman on the radio. She talked about her childhood memory of receiving a Christmas shoebox. It was filled with toiletries, things for school and a small gift. She said the shoebox brought such joy to her. She has never forgotten that Christmas.

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Which visions, revelations are authentic?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

December 10, 2012

I enjoyed your article on Hildegard but I noticed she had private revelations that seem to be accepted by the Church (WCR, Nov. 19). Today, it seems like thousands of people are having revelations, giving prophecies or having apparitions. How is a sane person to determine which are legitimate and which are pure hokum?

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Churches ask feds for greenhouse cuts, national energy plan

Joe Gunn

December 10, 2012

On Nov. 20 the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) sent a letter requesting action on climate change to Environment Minister Peter Kent. Citizens for Public Justice, an affiliate member of the CCC, helped draft this document.

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God became flesh and chose to live with us

Kathleen Giffin

December 10, 2012
Third Sunday in Advent
December 16, 2012

I had the opportunity, in my late twenties, to take a number of theology and Scripture classes. While most of those classes were informative and interesting, there were a few classes where I experienced moments that had a significant and lasting impact on me.

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