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Roll the dice on the Gospel and feed all your hungers

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 31, 2011

They hadn't understood about the loaves! The Gospels use those words to describe the crowd that Jesus had miraculously fed with five barley loaves and two fish. They ate, but they didn't understand. What didn't they understand? more . . .

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Dollar driven choices cannot trump ethics

Gordon Self

January 31, 2011

This month's column will coincide with the arrival of credit card statements in the mail. After the spending spree of Christmas the reality of what we now owe follows. For some, January bills can serve as a wake up call as to their total debt load, which may require immediate corrective action. more . . .

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John Paul II’s beatification recognizes what we already knew

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January 24, 2011

No sooner had Pope John Paul II died than some began to refer to him as John Paul the Great. That was a verdict on his papacy more than on the man. Such a verdict, however, cannot be delivered so quickly. It will take decades, at least, to judge the lasting effects of the unquestionably potent papacy of the first Polish pope. more . . .

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Pressure cooker life can be a form of fasting and prayer

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 24, 2011

The past several weeks have been some of most pressured weeks in my life. I have been trying to balance the pressures of teaching a three-hour-a-day intersession course, my duties as an administrator, a series of emergencies to do with the deaths of a couple of close friends, along with trying to sustain some kind of prayer life, all the time nursing a nasty viral cold. It's been a pressured time. more . . .

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Apply each Sunday's readings to your life

John Connelly

 

January 24, 2011

I was once doing a conference with a well-known bishop. He challenged the people present and asked how many remembered the Mass readings from the past Sunday. A few raised their hands. He then asked how many would remember the readings if their life depended on it. Everybody raised their hands.more . . .

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Indigenous rights equal human rights

Bob McKeon

January 24, 2011

Last Nov. 12 was an important day for human rights in Canada. On that day Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that the Government of Canada was endorsing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. more . . .

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Catholic-Orthodox unity beckons

January 24, 2011
THOMAS RYAN, CSP
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

In this Week of Prayer for Christianity, what is there to fuel our hope that this isn't all just an exercise in futility? What's to celebrate? more . . .

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Galileo a scientist who persevered in faith

January 24, 2011
BR. JOACHIM OSTERMANN, OFM
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

For a scientist in religious life, Galileo's troubles look like a warning. The conflict between him and the Church continues to elicit high passions: some years ago, Pope Benedict was rather rudely "exvited" by La Sapienza University in Rome. This was in response to the discovery of old remarks by him that, in the eyes of the physics faculty, unfairly criticized Galileo. more . . .

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Assisi gathering offers united religious witness for world peace

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January 17, 2011

Pope Benedict's announcement at New Year's that he will travel to Assisi, Italy, in October to mark the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II's meeting there with leaders of other faiths has not so far drawn much comment. more . . .

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God offers our children a love and concern deeper than our own

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 17, 2011

Margaret Laurence's novel, A Jest of God, tells the story of two sisters: One of them, Rachel, single still and childless at mid-life, is a gifted, elementary school teacher. The other is a stay-at-home-mother, dedicating herself to full-time caring for her children. more . . .

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