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Appearance of sanctity may turn out to be depression

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 17, 2014

External appearances can easily fool us, and often do. That's true in every area of human life, and religion is no exception. Some years ago, I lived in a seminary for nearly two years with a young seminarian who, by all outward appearances, appeared to be the ideal candidate for priesthood and ministry. Intelligent, conscientious, prayerful, strongly committed to his studies and with a deep concern for the poor, he seemed above the more mundane and secular concerns of his peers.

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We are living temples of the Holy Spirit

John Connelly

February 17, 2014
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 23, 2014

St. Paul poses a great question in this Sunday's reading from 1 Corinthians: "Brothers and sisters: Do you not realize that you are the temple of God, and that God's Spirit dwells in you?"

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Fr. Jack Spicer: A local visionary

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February 17, 2014

Redemptorist Father Jack Spicer, who died Jan. 31 at age 94, was one of the great visionaries of the Edmonton Archdiocese. There likely were few who believed more in the transformational power of the Holy Scriptures. Nor were there many as dedicated as Spicer to small Christian communities as the most effective vehicle for helping today’s Catholic laity to live their faith.

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Add Christ, Church to provide recipe for a happy marriage

Bishop Fred Henry

February 17, 2014

As a bishop, I subscribe to and read several different publications in a futile attempt to keep up. I never seem to get ahead of the game. Half-jokingly, I tell people that I have a large filing cabinet at home on which are two piles of periodicals and unread books. One pile is comprised of those that I want to read; the other, a much larger pile, that other people think that I ought to read. I usually opt for a selection from the smaller pile.

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The greatest is love . . . and faith . . . and hope

Ralph Himsl

February 17, 2014
Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time
March 2, 2014

In 1 Corinthians 13.13, that doughty person St. Paul makes the proposition that has consoled people through centuries, "But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love."

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UN body takes shots at Church records on abuse

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February 17, 2014

The Catholic Church has taken much deserved criticism over the past 20 years for its record on clergy sexual abuse. For years, the Church did not do enough to prevent abuse, and for years more it treated the victims of abuse shoddily and failed to deal adequately with those who perpetrated abuse and covered it up.

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Faith communities begin to speak out on climate change

Joe Gunn

February 17, 2014

Christians expect their faith communities to espouse and even promote justice, peace and the integrity of creation. It is natural to want to belong to organizations that are doing the right thing – we are drawn to those groups that nurture as well as challenge us to live better lives.

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Times of darkness are when we most need to trust in the lord

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

February 17, 2014

At Christmas last year a dear friend, knowing my family was going through a difficult time, put together a remarkable care package: gifts for my children, beautiful wine, books and more.

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What do you do when no one sends you a valentine?

Lasha Morningstar

February 17, 2014

The story was a poignant one. Valentine's Day was in the offing and the secular press always assigns some poor soul to call around and find out just how much a bunch of red roses costs, what is the newest in designer chocolates this year, which restaurants were offering romantic meals (menus included).

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Seismic shift begins in College of Cardinals

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February 3, 2014

Every pope puts his personal stamp on the College of Cardinals. Pope Francis has done that more than most with his first appointments announced Jan. 12. In two ways, the appointments were traditional. The pope named the usual coterie of cardinals from both Italy and the Vatican Curia. Some had suspected that he might move significantly away from those two longstanding sources of cardinals, especially in terms of drawing a line between the Curia and the College of Cardinals.

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