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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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Restorative justice heals souls, communities

Bob McKeon

February 21, 2011

Last year, as part of my work with the archdiocesan Office for Social Justice, I was part of a committee organizing a provincial Restorative Justice conference. more . . .

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Couple time is the key to a successful marriage

Lisa Persche

February 21, 2011

Early on in the marriage preparation course I help facilitate, we talk about marriage as a primary relationship.

The engaged couples readily agree that their relationship must have top priority in their lives. They are cautioned that in practice, once the honeymoon is over, this all too easily can cease to be the case. more . . .

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Once a priest, now an author and a bore

Fr. Raymond de Souza

February 21, 2010

Alberto Cutié is back — not that he really ever went away. He has a small Episcopal parish here in Miami, and is flogging his new book, getting ready for his own TV show. more . . .

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