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Country trip to cut a Christmas tree creates family fun time

Lisa Persche

December 13, 2010

Ah, Christmas in the country. For city dwellers, the notion holds a special charm. Wistful songs have even been written about it. Our family gets a little taste of it when we travel to a 180-acre farm to harvest our own Christmas tree.

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A child is a creation of love, not scientific manipulation

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December 6, 2010

The 20th century theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar maintained there is an inseparable connection between love and truth. To know the truth is to perform an act of love. It is to step outside the confines of one's self and open oneself up to the object one is endeavouring to know. more . . .

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Desert is God’s place of comfort

December 6, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In his more than five years as pope, Benedict XVI has pulled no punches about the state of the Church. He has been gracious and appreciative of all the good that is being done. But he has also been forthright in facing what he calls “evil in the Church. more . . .

 

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Profound grief brings us to our knees in pain

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 6, 2010

What can we say in the face of deep loss, inconsolable grief, or unrequited obsessions? As a graduate student in Louvain, I once posed that question to the renowned psychologist, Antoine Vergote: "When you lose a loved one, either through death or because that person dies to you in some other way, what can you do? What can you say to help someone in that situation?" more . . .

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Rod of discipline can be a service of love

Fr. Raymond de Souza

December 6, 2010

What does the law have to do with love? Are they not antithetical? To follow the law is to be under a burden, to be compelled, to be constrained. To love, on the other hand, is to embrace the capacity to choose, to be creative, to be liberated. more . . .

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Advent teaches essential patience

Kathleen Giffin

December 6, 2010

My grandparents were born and raised in Liverpool, England. They met, fell in love and decided to come to Canada. My grandfather, still a young man, came alone at first, travelling by boat, then train to the end of the tracks. He bought a horse and cart and headed northwest to the property he had chosen. more . . .

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Why is hope so elusive even during advent?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

December 6, 2010

Advent is a season of hope but hope seems so elusive. We don't hear much about hope. Could you explain it? more . . .

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Only Christ's light can illuminate darkened hearts

Mark Pickup

December 6, 2010

We often think ignorance is a lack of knowledge, education or social training. But if ignorance is not knowing, then not knowing God is the greatest human ignorance. In my opinion, the human heart's ignorance of God is the primary crisis of the 21st century. more . . .

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Voice of the faithful needs to be heard throughout the church

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November 29, 2010

When WCR readers sat down to complete our current readership survey — which they are doing in quite large numbers — they no doubt were thinking only of what their responses mean for the newspaper. Yet their answers to some questions might also reflect what they would like to see as pastoral priorities of the local Church. more . . .

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John the Baptist prepared way for the Lord

Maria Kozakiewicz

November 29, 2010

We have just had our first snowfall and voices coming from the street are muffled, air is crisp and fresh, snowflakes are twirling and settling gently on the sleeping plants.

Our two neighbours worked hard last weekend decorating their houses. As we drove back from work last night those wonderful huge rooftop Santas and reindeers, along with countless strings of lights, shone out triumphantly at us. more . . .

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