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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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Canadians ignore the real cause of looming labour shortage

May 16, 2011
JAYNE BURYN
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

The hype would be ironic . . . if it weren't so desperately distressing.

With the recession beginning to fade from the Canadian economy, businesses are starting to worry about a shortage of skilled labour in this country. To make sure the bottom line doesn't suffer, we're looking at developing agreements with other countries, especially our neighbour to the south, to send us their trained unemployed.

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Voters opt for end to useless antagonism, want to move forward

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May 9, 2011

The May 2 federal election was an overwhelming vote for a government that gets down to work and leaves the bickering and antagonism of recent years behind.

The election was, of course, an historic realignment of political parties in the country — the emergence of the NDP as Canada’s alternative party, the annihilation of the Bloc Quebecois and the pushing aside — at least for now — of the Liberals. But the realignment was the symptom of a desire for serious government without the gridlock of the past seven years.

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Jesus' resurrection vindicates our faith despite God's silence

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 9, 2011

Theologians sometimes try to simplify the meaning of the resurrection by packaging its essence into one sentence: In the resurrection, God vindicated Jesus, his life, his message and his fidelity. What does that mean?

Jesus entered our world preaching faith, love and forgiveness but the world didn’t accept that. Instead it crucified him and, in that crucifixion, seemingly shamed his message.

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Seek deliverance from the valley of darkness

Maria Kozakiewicz

May 9, 2011
Fourth Sunday of Easter - May 15, 2011

The dark valley is, as everyone knows, a symbol of difficult times we all encounter sooner or later in our lives. I have yet to meet someone who managed to skip this stage, although individual valleys seem to differ in length and degree of darkness.

For some of us, the valley is an illness or some disability, for others a loss of work and status. Aging is certainly one of the valleys, and not an easy one either, what with the trembling hands, dimmed eyesight and memory that fails in the most embarrassing way.

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Peel back the facade of compassion

Mark Pickup

May 9, 2011

It amazes me that in the 21st century people still pose the ridiculous question: “When do you think life begins?” Quite frankly, it does not matter when you or I think life begins: Biology established long ago — before abortion on demand became legal in Canada — that human life begins at conception.

People who pretend otherwise must rely on sophistry and public ignorance about the reality of prenatal life to make abortion seem acceptable.

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God’s shepherds obeyed his will

Fr. Raymond de Souza

May 9, 2011

In his inaugural homily in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Benedict concluded, “At this point, my mind goes back to Oct. 22, 1978, when Pope John Paul II began his ministry here in St. Peter’s Square. His words on that occasion constantly echo in my ears: ‘Do not be afraid! Open wide the doors to Christ!’”

Indeed, the whole Church will look back to Oct. 22, 1978 — that’s the new feast day for Blessed John Paul. For the feast day’s Office of Readings in the breviary, an excerpt from the day’s “Be not afraid” homily has been chosen.

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Why is the Lady of Good Counsel patron of the CWL?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

May 9, 2011

Where does the devotion to Our Lady of Good Counsel originate and why is she the patroness of the CWL?

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Hank Zyp’s activism honoured by SAGE

May 9, 2011
CECILY MILLS
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

I am pleased to announce that Hank Zyp is the recipient of the 2011 SAGE Award in the area of social justice and peace. The SAGE awards celebrate seniors who inspire, empower and engage others in making our community, province, nation and world a better place.

The list of Hank and Tillie Zyp’s achievements is long and impressive. It includes the founding of two NGOs: St. Joseph’s Save the Children Club (now called Rainbow of Hope for Children) and Change for Children. Thirty-five years later, these organizations are thriving, proving ordinary people can make an extraordinary difference.

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Resurrection empowers us to set our sights on higher things

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April 25, 2011

The great Second Reading for Easter Sunday provokes a challenge: "If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth" (Colossians 3.1-2).

After the discipline of Lent and the glory of the Triduum liturgies we might just believe that, with God's grace, we can do it. Now is the time to be completely focused on seeking the things that are above and turning our backs on things that are on earth.

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