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Christ draws close to those who suffer

Mark Pickup

November 12, 2012

My last column in the WCR appeared Sept. 24 just prior to surgery I had for cancer. I want to express gratitude for the many kind words and prayers people extended to me. I am happy to report the surgery went well and I am on the mend.

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Hurricane Sandy: An act of God or humans?

Joe Gunn

November 12, 2012

Last week at my parish, during the prayers of intercession, we asked God to minimize Hurricane Sandy's damage. We remembered the people of the Caribbean where 66 people were killed, and turned our thoughts towards those expected to bear the brunt of Sandy's continuing anger.

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Paschal mystery is lasting memorial of Christ's sacrifice

November 12, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Religion is based on sacrifice. The problem that religion faces is that even the greatest sacrifice offered by a finite person cannot hope to bring one into the presence of the infinite God.

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Shine the light of love and heaven awaits

Kathleen Giffin

November 12, 2012
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 18, 2012

As I write this tonight, New York is struggling to begin to recover from what is described as its worst storm in living history, my town had a foot of snow dumped on it, wreaking havoc on all the roads, and an earthquake just shook up British Columbia residents with a warning of how much worse it could have been.

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Purgatory is where we see fully for the first time

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 12, 2012

Imagine being born blind and living into adulthood without ever having seen light and colour. Then, through some miraculous operation, doctors are able to give you sight. What would you feel immediately upon opening your eyes? Wonder? Bewilderment? Ecstasy? Pain? Some combination of all of these?

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Christians walk hand and hand with the Jews

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November 12, 2012

The fathers of the Second Vatican Council were prescient in their decision to write a document on the Church's relation to non-Christian religions (Nostra Aetate). The trends of mass immigration and the expansion of mass communications were likely not foreseeable 50 years ago, and they have brought Christians in many parts of the Western world into close contact with people of other faiths.

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Why was Hildegard of Bingen made a doctor?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

November 19, 2012

I read recently that Hildegard of Bingen was declared a doctor of the Church.

Who was she and what did she do?

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Listen to joys, hopes, grief of companions

Bob McKeon

November 19, 2012

This year, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Vatican II, many of us are going back and rereading the documents of the council. A while back I agreed to give a public presentation on Gaudium et Spes, and so lately I have been researching all I can find about this document, the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World.

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Sacraments are moments when we encounter Christ

November 19, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As the years go by, it gets increasingly difficult to detect without research some of the shifts in thinking that occur in the documents of the Second Vatican Council. They have been part of us for so long and, indeed, a majority of today's Catholics have no recollection of the Church prior to the council.

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Everyone shall someday admit Christ is king

John Connelly

November 19, 2012
Christ the King
November 25, 2012

This week we celebrate once again the feast of Christ the King. Think for a moment on the question - what exactly is a king? A king is the absolute ruler of a kingdom. A king is a sovereign leader whose law reigns over his subjects.

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