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KAIROS does ‘not’ deserve such duplicitous treatment

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February 28, 2011

Perhaps the only way the work done by KAIROS, the Canadian ecumenical social action coalition, would receive much public attention would be for it to be the subject of a federal political controversy. The organization has worked in relative obscurity for decades despite significant funding from the Catholic bishops and religious orders, mainline Protestant churches and the federal government. more . . .

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Building an ark in troubled times keeps idealism alive

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 28, 2011

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you.

You will recognize these words as the opening lines of Rudyard Kipling's famous poem, If, and they, as much as any scriptural commentary, provide the key to understand the story of Noah and the Ark. more . . .

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Abide by God’s will in all that you do

Ralph Himsl

February 28, 2011

The readings for this Sunday's Mass led me once more to a realization that I might have thought had long since found a secure place in my mind. I mean the understanding that biblical texts require an approach unlike that used by a reader of novels or history. Biblical texts want thought and meditation. Quick perusal with the smug satisfaction of a duty done and a dismissive "Well, that's it then," will not do. more . . .

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The Church we believe in is Catholic

February 28, 2011
CARDINAL OSCAR RODRIGUEZ MARADIAGA

When I received the invitation to come, I was very happy, because I love the title of this series of lectures, Nothing More Beautiful, for many reasons. When we first learned the catechesis we remember three important verbs: We were created to know, love and serve God and our neighbour.

These verbs are related. You cannot love what you do not know; you cannot serve if you do not love. So we must know our Mother Church every day better in order to love her more and to serve her better. Nothing more beautiful to enhance our spiritual identity than knowing our creed better. And so that is why we are talking of the Church. The Church we believe in is catholic. more . . .

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True benevolent global villages need the fatherhood of God

Mark Pickup

February 28, 2011

The architects of a new world order often speak of a global village. Hillary Clinton tells us that it takes a village to raise a child. Are they speaking of the same village? more . . .

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Upholding boundaries can take guts

Gordon Self

February 28, 2011

A group of leaders in Catholic health care gathered recently to discuss many challenging ethical issues they face — ones that provide no easy solutions. For example, they spoke of how to respond to overwhelming health and social needs associated with those living on the streets when the IV drug user, homeless person, gang member or street worker suddenly finds themselves a patient in our facilities. more . . .

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Quebec celebrates at arenas, not church

Fr. Raymond de Souza

February 28, 2011

A culture expresses itself in what it chooses to build. Ancient Egypt gave us the pyramids, tombs of their god-kings. Medieval France gave us the Gothic cathedral. Twenty-first century Texas gives us a $1.2-billion football stadium. more . . .

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Here’s the choice: Follow the Gospel or buy into materialism

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February 21, 2011

Parents of students in Edmonton Catholic Schools will now have to decide what is the best vision for the education of their children. Do they favour an education that follows the Gospel or do they want a school system dedicated to providing the latest and greatest technology? The overdue decision to end casino fundraising has forced this issue. more . . .

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Pull the plug on phones, Internet and tune into the Sabbath

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 21, 2011

A comedian recently quipped that today's information technologies have effectively rendered a number of things obsolete, most notably phonebooks and human courtesy. That's also true for human rest.more . . .

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Remember, God never forgets you

John Connelly

 

February 21, 2011

In this Sunday's readings we hear God speak these comforting words, "I will never forget you." No matter where we are or what happens God does not forget us. No matter our background, personality, struggles or weakness God does not forget us. more . . .

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