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Laypeople kick start reflection into action

Joe Gunn

November 8, 2010

Ask Canadian Catholics what happened on Oct. 17, and they might mention the canonization of St. Brother André of Montreal. Yet, to commemorate the day, the United Nations has named “the international day for the eradication of poverty.” Without much ado, the Commission for Justice and Peace of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops quietly released a “reflection” on poverty. more . . .

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Do souls wander the earth, haunt people?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

November 8, 2010

I read your answer regarding reincarnation in the WCR (Oct. 4). If we are judged right after death and sent to either heaven or hell, what happened to Lazarus’ soul while he was dead for four days before being brought back to life by Jesus? And how are we to explain the wandering on earth of souls after death who harass people in their homes to the point where priests have been called upon to do exorcisms? more . . .

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Russ William's criminal rampage depicts the vortex of sin

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November 1, 2010

In an article in the Oct. 23 Globe and Mail about former Col. Russell Williams, "How a psychopath is made," reporters Anne McIlroy and Erin Anderssen, write, "A growing number of (scientists) now see psychopathy as a neurodevelopmental disorder, one in which a combination of genetic and environmental factors, such as neglect or poor bonding with parents, lead to deficits in the brain. And if biology is to blame, can society hold the psychopath responsible?" more . . .

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God was the 34th trapped coal miner

Mark Pickup

November 1, 2010

The world watched with rapt attention as 33 trapped Chilean coal miners were rescued from 2,000 feet below the ground. They had been captive for 68 days. Many rescue experts were skeptical a rescue could be accomplished. But one by one the miners were lifted to the surface, in a capsule that slowly travelled through a long, narrow tunnel the equivalent distance of two hundred storeys. more . . .

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To God, all are alive forever and ever

Maria Kozakiewicz

November 1, 2010

As leaves fall and even the brightest of flowers fade, as Canada geese cry out their farewell in the sky, and we shiver thinking about the months of snow and ice ahead, thoughts of death and dying seem more natural, if not quite welcome. more . . .

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Run with the crowd and you stumble over your own ethics

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 1, 2010

In the Gospels the word "crowd" is nearly always used pejoratively, so much so that nearly every time the word is used you could preface it with the adjective "mindless." more . . .

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Let Br. André lead us to St. Joseph's feast

Fr. Raymond de Souza

Month Date, 2010

The Oct. 17 canonization of Brother André of Montréal is a moment of pride for Canada's Catholics, but something of a challenge too. How best to take advantage of the grace of this occasion? more . . .

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Brother André witnesses the Church's holiness

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October 25, 2010

Overestimating the importance at this time of the canonization of Alfred Bessette, Montreal's Brother André, would be nearly impossible. At a time when the Church is portrayed primarily as an institution, often an unsavoury institution, Brother André shows that the Church is, above all, holiness. The Church is a healing touch; it is the mercy of God in our midst. more . . .

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Plagued by doubts? Sit in silent prayer for 30 minutes daily

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 25, 2010

Several years ago, a friend shared this story with me: Raised a Roman Catholic and essentially faithful in going to church and in trying to live an honest moral life, he found himself, in his mid-forties, plagued by doubts, unable to pray and unable (when he was honest with himself) to even believe in the existence of God. more . . .

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Forgiveness lightens life's burdens

Ralph Himsl

October 25, 2010

Big mistake!! Big mistake from the point of view of efficient use of time. As I prepared this text, the name Jericho took me to the Internet and its helpmate, Google Earth. more . . .

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