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Ambassador for religious freedom to protect sacred right

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December 10, 2012

The Catholic Church holds the right to religious freedom in the highest regard. This right is not just one more among what appears to be an ever-growing list of rights, but rather is the most fundamental of all freedoms. That is because the right to religious liberty is grounded in the nature of the human person as a being radically oriented toward the transcendent. The denial of the right to religious freedom is an assault on the dignity of the person.

Great minds, great persons honour life's complexity

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 10, 2012

In a lecture recently, I made the point that Jesus shocked people equally in both his capacity to thoroughly enjoy his life and in his capacity to renounce it and give it up.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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