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Assaults on common good put society on perilous course

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June 23, 2014

Modern liberal democracy and liberal notions of human rights are widely seen as the highest form of political organization and the clearest sign of moral progress of humanity. But this system of individual autonomy only works to the extent that there is overwhelming respect for legitimate authority and the common good.

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When you grow weary of doing what is right

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 23, 2014

Thirty years ago, before the airline hijackings of Sept. 11, 2001, before the shoe-bomber and others like him, it was simpler to travel by air. You didn't need to take off your shoes to pass through security, you could carry liquids with you, laptops and other electronic devices, if you had any, did not have to be brought out of your carry-on bags, the door to the cockpit wasn't barricaded with steel, and there was much less paranoia in general about security. You even got to see the pilot occasionally.

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Peter overcame revulsion to pagan Rome

Maria Kozakiewicz

June 23, 2014
Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul
June 29, 2014

When you walk the Via Appia, hoping not to twist an ankle on the large, flat stones of this ancient road, it is hard not to think about St. Peter. His sandals must have trod the same stones, his eyes seen the same or similar sights. Both sides of this ancient road were lined with tombs at that time, the more ancient ones closer to the city gates. The huge cylindrical mausoleum of the wealthy aristocratic woman Caecilla Metella must have still gleamed with marble decorations, reliefs of once-sacrificed bulls' heads, and heavy swags of fruit and leaves.

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Palliative care means death with dignity

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June 23, 2014

In the last month, both the House of Commons and the Canadian Medical Association have called on the federal government to bring in a national palliative care strategy that will improve the quality of life for the dying. Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose says she supports that call and will "continue" to discuss the upgrading of palliative care with the provinces.

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We need strategies to help cope with the rising cost of living

Lasha Morningstar

June 23, 2014

No, it's not your imagination. Food does cost more. Even pet food brings a "my gosh!" to shoppers' lips. TD-Canada Trust economists predict our food bill will rise eight per cent this year. Utility bills, no matter how much one tries to cut down, climb. And were you sitting down when you opened your city tax bill? If you live in one of the areas where you really got hit, you wonder "How am I going to handle this?"

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Root out every source of life in the flesh

Kathleen Giffin

June 23, 2014
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 6, 2014

The last few years I have had a "growing" problem in my garden. I have a larger than usual lot in town, with more flowerbeds than I actually have time to look after properly. There are several beds of perennials further away from the house, on the edge of the property, that don't get the same level of attention as the ones next to the house. The result is that whatever weed issue those beds have tend to get more entrenched every year.

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Christian living a simple, but difficult, task

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June 23, 2014

Living the Christian life is quite simple. All we need to do is remember the words of St. Josemaria Escriva: "In Baptism, our Father God has taken possession of our lives, has made us share in the life of Christ and has given us the Holy Spirit." If Christ has taken possession of my life, I need always to ask myself whether what I am doing is done in Christ or with indifference to Christ.

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Ethical reflection means getting messy

Gordon Self

June 23, 2014

I was invited by a leading Catholic health care journal to write a theological reflection on the influence of Pope Francis in our ministry. Where does one begin? In the brief time since the Holy Father's election, the reach of his pastoral message has been enormous. Countless images and interview quotes have ignited the moral imagination of what it means to be Church, and how we are called to deeper expressions of service to the poor.

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How do we know we are getting the real deal Bible?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

June 23, 2014

Why do we use readings from a Bible at Holy Mass which does not have an imprimatur? How do we know we are getting the truth?

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Brilliant music crafted by composer battling deafness

Mark Pickup

June 23, 2014

I keep a bust of Ludwig van Beethoven on the mantle above the fireplace in my home. It reminds me of the human capacity to overcome adversity to achieve great things. When I doubt myself in my own acquired disability of multiple sclerosis, I listen to Beethoven particularly his Ninth Symphony written in near-total deafness but at the peak of his creative power His Ninth Symphony exemplifies a triumph of human spirit over adversity, sustained by a spark of God's love in a silent world. Although Beethoven used Schiller's Ode to Joy, there is a spirituality or mystical quality to Beethoven's Ninth.

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