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From the category archives: Dr. Gerry Turcotte

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

Despite imperfections, calendars bring us to moments of celebration

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

December 23, 2013

The end of one year and the beginning of another is strange in anyone's language. Enormous energy is expended preparing for a transition time that is, let's be honest, fictional at best.

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Jesus gave gifts of joy, salvation through his birth

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

December 2, 2013

It is that time of year when we begin to plan, personally and institutionally, for the holidays. This is the time when families gather, but also when workplaces bring their people together to thank them for all they've done. It is a time of remembrance and celebration.

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Philanthropy is like a pebble dropped into a pool of kindness

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

November 4, 2013

I read a funny story recently about a teenager who brought her new boyfriend home to meet her parents. They were appalled when they saw him: he was covered in tattoos, piercings, and more leather than a herd of cattle.

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Canadian Thanksgiving has a long history

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

October 7, 2013

As a Canadian I have always viewed Thanksgiving as more of an American holiday, and certainly this was the perception of many people overseas where I lived for years.

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September marks time for new beginnings

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

August 26, 2013

It is not unusual at this time of year for people to prepare for new beginnings. While this may be a formulaic feature of New Year's celebrations, the reality is that for many the end of the holidays and the start of the school year marks a fuller restart.

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Flood of compassion washes over Calgary

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

July 22, 2013

The June floods of 2013 in southern Alberta were traumatic by any indicator. Significant destruction of property, devastated infrastructure and thousands of displaced people - though mercifully few lives lost.

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Raging flood destroys homes

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

July 1, 2013

Over 250 flood narratives have been found spanning virtually every culture on earth, from the Sumerians to the Aztecs, and they testify to a global phenomenon unlike any other that has since visited our planet. Stories of raging waters have a strange power that tap into this primordial occurrence which underpins our collective psyche.

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Saint John's Bible portrays the value of beauty and the sacred

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

June 17, 2013

In an article entitled "Art and the Beauty of Faith," Father Raymond de Souza references the writings of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who before he became pope wrote that there were "two compelling 'arguments'" for the Church's faith being true – the first was the lives of the saints and their living "Christian witness"; and the second was the art that [the Church] has nurtured in her midst."

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Despite commercialism, Mother's Day retains its relevance, magic

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

May 27, 2013

Another Mother's Day has come and gone, and it is with quiet marvel that I look back on the occasion. Certainly, like so much else in western culture – from Christmas to Easter to Valentine's Day – the event has been commercialized until you feel not another drop can be wrung out of it. Sales, gifts and wrapping paper.

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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.

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