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Are 'Go tell' said at the well and 'Go' at the end of Mass linked?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

May 23, 2011

In the Gospels, the women searching for Jesus in the tomb are told: "Go, tell." At the end of Mass, the priest says: "Go." Is there any connection?

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Marking your X is just the beginning

Bob McKeon

May 23, 2011

We had our latest federal election on May 2. The Conservative Party under Stephen Harper won a majority after several years of minority governments. Almost certainly, the next federal election will not occur for another four years.

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Our vocation is a life-long service given by God

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May 16, 2011

Even in retirement, one is called to live out a vocation. As children move from home and a career comes to an end, one's vocation goes through a transition. But it doesn't end. God calls each of us, he calls us by name and he calls us for all of our lives.

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Henri Nouwen wrote from his heart to our hearts

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 16, 2011

Henri Nouwen was perhaps most popular spiritual writer of the late 20th century and his popularity endures today. More than seven million of his books have been sold worldwide and they have been translated into 30 languages. Fifteen years after his death, all but one of his books remain in print.

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Jesus serves as the bridge to the father

Kathleen Giffin

May 16, 2011
Fifth Sunday of Easter - May 22, 2011

A recent news article highlighted an evangelical pastor and author who was surrounded by controversy because of his unorthodox view of heaven. His theology includes the belief that one does not necessarily have to "confess with your lips and believe with your heart that Jesus is Lord" in order to gain admittance to heaven.

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'Let not your heart exult' when your enemy falls

May 16, 2011
Our Sunday Visitor: editorial

Catholics might easily feel a bit conflicted about celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden. That's as it should be.

On the one hand, it is right to feel relief at the killing of the man who is responsible for thousands of deaths of innocent people and who spearheaded a drive in the past decade that has made the world in no small way a more violent, fearful, hateful and costly place.

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Grandmas managed well in simpler times

Lisa Persche

May 16, 2011

Lately my eldest daughter has been asking about her great-grandmothers. I've been digging out photos and telling her what I can about those on my side of the family.

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McGill prof argues Church moralism is counterproductive

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May 16, 2011
Review by BRIAN WELTER
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Dilemmas and Connections: Selected Essays by Charles Taylor. Harvard University Press (Cambridge, Mass., 2011). 424 pp.

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Conflicting reports silence CCODP visitor

Joe Gunn

May 16, 2011

Like most teens these days, my daughter received the notice electronically. She was to sing at a benefit for the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace on a Saturday evening, and was anxiously awaiting the performance. For my part, I was looking forward to meeting the guest speaker from Mexico, Jesuit Father Luis Arriaga, director of the renowned Miguel Pro Centre for Human Rights.

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Does science allow for free will?

May 16, 2011
BR. JOACHIM OSTERMANN, OFM
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

In science, the outcome of natural processes is either random or determined by the laws of nature. And scientific inquiry has proven itself to be very powerful in explaining the world and how it came to be the way it is.

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