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Maturity demands practising graces of forgiveness, gratitude

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 6, 2013

In his autobiography, Morris West suggests that at a certain age our lives simplify and we need have only three phrases left in our spiritual vocabulary: Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Jesus' ascension leaves us to do God's will on earth

Ralph Himsl

May 6, 2013
Ascension
May 12, 2013

Today – today I choose to indulge myself. At four score years and four, I presume to take a stand on that thin collection of privileges earned by age. I make a claim for wisdom: T. S. Eliot's wisdom – the wisdom of humility. I find shelter in his claim that "The only wisdom we can hope to acquire is the wisdom of humility."

Alta. Bishops' letter on the Week for Life and the Family

May 6, 2013
Dear Faithful in Christ,

Life, marriage and family are gifts of God. As we now embark upon the Week for Life and Family, we Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories wish to reflect with you on the beauty and wonder of these realities, and offer our closeness and support to any who are struggling.

Fragility of life comes home to roost

Lasha Morningstar

May 6, 2013

The fragility of life broke through the turmoil of our everyday lives when Boston Marathon bombs unleashed their cowardly indiscriminate destruction.

Altar and ambo draw the faithful into a sacramental vision

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

May 6, 2013

I must confess that I haven't spent a great deal of time thinking about the principles behind altars and ambos. My first conscious consideration of altars came when I was struggling to understand homophones – words that sound the same but have different spellings.

12 Articles of the Creed: Week ELEVEN

May 6, 2013

Do I believe in Life Everlasting?

Dialogue – a courageous journey that strengthens faith

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April 29, 2013

Anyone who spends much time reading the teachings of the Second Vatican Council cannot help but notice the repeated use of the word "dialogue." Catholics are called to dialogue with other Christians, non-Christians, atheists and the modern world. Dialogue is a feature that ought to exist, not only between Catholics and those outside the Church, but within the Church itself.

Stop circling the wagons and embrace the would be enemies

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 29, 2013

Today, among many of us churchgoers, there is growing-propensity to self-protect rather than risk crucifixion for the world. We are well-intentioned in this, but, good intentions notwithstanding, our actions are the opposite of Jesus. He loved the world enough to let himself be crucified rather than self-protect.

Contemplation will give birth to great renewal in the Church

John Connelly

April 29, 2013
Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 5, 2013

Every breath we take is a gift from God. God breathes his life into you and me right now. God sustains us and loves us moment by moment.

Great throng of saints find hope at throne of the lamb

Mark Pickup

April 29, 2013

The Second Reading for Mass on April 21 was from Revelation chapter 7. In John's divine vision, he sees a great multitude of martyrs dressed in white standing before the throne of the Lamb (Christ).