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Spirit's presence revealed most clearly in life of virtue

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May 23, 2011

It was a great joy to have Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the papal household, give four public talks at St. Joseph Basilica earlier this month. But please permit this writer to express a minor disappointment that Cantamalessa was not able to speak on the topic for which he has been a guiding light over the past 20 years — the renewal of ourselves and our Church through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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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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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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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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Government ignores Easter's sanctity with advance poll dates

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April 18, 2011

It apparently is not a matter of great concern to Canada's political leaders that advance polling for the May 2 election will be conducted on Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Monday. A Christian nation would surely find a way to avoid having the electoral process trampling on the most holy season of the year.

Christians are perhaps more accepting of this situation than we would have been a few decades ago. After all, just about any religious holiday has been open season for shoppers for some time.

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Nuclear tragedy underlines bishops' call for 'ethical reflection'

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April 11, 2011

In 2003, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued a report calling for the construction of 1,000 to 1,500 new nuclear power plants around the world by 2050. The rationale? Those plants could displace 15 to 20 per cent of the expected growth in carbon emissions.

By the grace of God, the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns have so far had only local implications for the health and safety of people. With roughly 450 nuclear power plants in operation today, it seems unlikely that future nuclear accidents will always be so localized.

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Catholic witness in politics must be rooted in principles

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April 4, 2011

The Catholic perspective on the 2011 federal election is essentially the same as for every election. Church teaching supports the right to life, the dignity of the human person and a preferential option for the poor. Government policies should reflect those teachings, not because the Catholic Church teaches them, but because they are principles of fundamental human justice.

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Religious belief allows questioning, calls us to maturity

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March 28, 2011, 2011

Frequently, the Christian outlook is characterized as a comforting collection of certitudes that preserve adherents from doubt and save them from the hard toil of self-analysis. Religious dogmas are shrouded in mystery and beyond rational verification, but are guaranteed by power of an all-knowing authority. The fruits of such certainty are intolerance, intellectual servitude and self-righteousness.

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Pope's new book calls us to know and love Jesus

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March 21, 2011

In the Foreword to the new volume of his book Jesus of Nazareth, Joseph Ratzinger says he wants to lead his readers to both a personal encounter with Jesus and to "sure knowledge of the real historical figure of Jesus." The two goals are compatible, a fact that Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) has long striven to articulate and defend. It is possible to both know and love Jesus.

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New Evangelization a powerful idea that's not going away

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March 14, 2011

It is now nearly 30 years since Pope John Paul II first uttered the words "new evangelization" in a speech to the Latin American bishops in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. If the new evangelization has not yet hit your local parish in a big way — it probably hasn't — don't expect that the idea will go away. Major change in the Church takes time.

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