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Jesus is honoured by our service to the poor

Kathleen Giffin

February 14, 20111

I was the youngest of four siblings who together attended a country school. We lived on a farm, and if we forgot to take something in the morning, parents weren't called to ask them to bring it to school. more . . .

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Dropped subsidy can cut voter ballots

Joe Gunn

February 14, 2011

It's all the buzz in Ottawa — a federal election seems to be on the horizon. Vancouver South Liberal MP Ujjal Dossanjh has said a late spring election is all but "inevitable." more . . .

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Irish visitations avoid beer and blarney

Fr. Raymond de Souza

February 14, 2011

What will the apostolic visitation of Ireland accomplish?

In response to the sexual abuse crisis there, Pope Benedict decided last spring to send five bishops to carry out a visitation - ecclesiastical parlance for an investigation — of the archdioceses and seminaries of Ireland. He chose quite a high-powered team: Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor of Westminster (retired), Archbishop Thomas Collins of Toronto and Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa. They have each been assigned one Irish archdiocese, and Archbishop Timothy Dolan has been assigned the Irish seminaries. more . . .

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Do our pets go to heaven?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

February 14, 2011

Question Do pets go to heaven? It would be sad for many people if they're in heaven without their pets. more . . .

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Stelmach's demise exemplifies lack of respect for politicians

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February 7, 2011

Premier Ed Stelmach's announcement of his decision not to seek re-election was an action typical of the man — to achieve what he believed is right, he sacrificed himself. Stelmach wanted the upcoming budget to meet infrastructure needs and provide jobs for Albertans. He would not accept fiscal masochism obsessed with the bottom line. In the odd logic of that political moment, Stelmach saw that the only way he could get the budget through his caucus was to resign. more . . .

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You need a reference letter from the poor to get into heaven

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 7, 2011

The great Jewish prophets, the forerunners of Jesus, coined a mantra which ran something like this: The quality of your faith will be judged by the quality of justice in the land and the quality of justice in the land will be judged by how "widows, orphans and strangers" (biblical code for the three most vulnerable groups in society) fared while you were alive. more . . .

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God's heaven promises everlasting love

Maria Kozakiewicz

February 7, 2011

I have been fascinated with heaven for at least half a century, ever since I talked to an old lady, my grandma's friend, who told me that she regularly sees and talks to her deceased family members who, as she bluntly put it, are in heaven. She made sure they were there, she added matter-of-factly - she offered fasts, prayers, Masses for their souls. more . . .

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Islamic militants undermine peace efforts

Fr. Raymond de Souza

Month Date, 2010

In the nearly 10 years since Sept. 11, the preoccupying question has remained: Was the jihadist violence of that day representative of Islam, or a perversion of it? more . . .

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God comes to call in the silence of the snow.

Mark Pickup

Month Date, 2011

It has been the most incredible winter. I do not remember so much snow; people complained that they were running out of places to pile it. The snow was so high that I could barely see out my window, other than noting the occasional gust of snow blowing off the roof of my house. more . . .

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What is the particular judgment?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

February 7, 2011

What is the particular judgment? How is it different from the general judgment? Why do we need two judgments? more . . .

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