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Religious vocations offer yearning hearts communion with God

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June 4, 2012

In his column on Page 19, Father Ayo Ayeni contrasts the conventional thinking and life of our age with the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. The pursuit of wisdom, he says, leads one to communion and to understand love as sacrifice. The sinking into conventionality plants one in a blah existence, one lacking even in moral signposts.

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Wilderness, sun, storms, fear foster spirituality

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 4, 2012

A number of years ago, accompanied by an excellent Jesuit director, I did a 30-day retreat using the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. In the third week, there's a meditation on Jesus' agony in the garden. I did the meditation to the best of my ability and met with my director to discuss the result. He wasn't satisfied and asked me to repeat the exercise.

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How can I keep the eternal covenant?

Ralph Himsl

June 4, 2012
Corpus Christi
June 10, 2011

The designers of the format of the Western Catholic Reporter merit a goodly measure of credit in their choice of the name for this column the Word Made Flesh; even if on occasion the title may have an ironic, if unintended quality. (Did these planners enjoy its twin treasures of reverence and humour?)

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The trinity calls us to the divine truth

Fr. Ayodele Ayeni CsSP

June 4, 2012

Since we celebrate the solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity June 3, let us assess our understanding of the Trinity.

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Working for unity in the Church follows a tortuous path

Fr. Raymond de Souza

June 4, 2012

Pentecost is a feast of unity, as the gift of the Holy Spirit makes possible the unity that the Lord Jesus desires for his Church. To preserve the unity of the Church is one of the first duties of the pastor. The flock is to be brought into the one sheepfold.

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Harsh last words will ring forever in my memory

Lasha Morningstar

June 4, 2012

Her rough voice rang in my ears. "I was just saying to someone at lunch I would far rather get a basket of those little packages of special food than get flowers. They just die."

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Conscientious objection protects the common good

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May 28, 2012

The expected objection to the Canadian bishops' Pastoral Letter on Freedom of Conscience and Religion is that conscience rights cannot be given as high a priority as human rights. By allowing individuals to exercise their freedom of conscience in the public arena, so the argument goes, one is allowing them to infringe on the rights of others.

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Practice new evangelization by winning over hearts

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 28, 2012

Recently a new expression has made its way into our theological and ecclesial vocabulary. There's a lot of talk today about the New Evangelization. Indeed the pope has called for a synod to meet this year for a month in Rome to try to articulate a vision and strategy for such an endeavour.

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Jesus calls us to be his disciples every day

John Connelly

 

May 28, 2012
Trinity Sunday
June 3, 2012

Occasionally, I reflect on the purpose of this column. So this is simply a personal meditation on the Word Made Flesh and our call to be disciples of Jesus.

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Addicts, abandoned babies – Covenant Health cares for all

Gordon Self

May 28, 2012

On May 17, the Alberta March for Life event was held in Edmonton. I participated as a representative of Covenant Health. From the steps of the Legislature, I offered this selection of comments in solidarity with the marginalized, in particular those living with addictions and mental illness, a frequently overlooked and underserved population.

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