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Obituaries, wills are the power to write our final stories

Lasha Morningstar

February 4, 2013

It's a grismal way to start the day. But it must be done. Each and every morning I go through the newspaper obituaries searching for any priests or nuns who might have died. Should one be on their way to heaven, a story might be done based on their religious life.

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Star-studded names escape the abortionist

Fr. Raymond de Souza

February 4, 2013

Two important anniversaries. Two famous lives.

Twenty five years ago, on Jan. 28, 1988, the Supreme Court handed down the Morgentaler decision, ruling that Canada's then rather permissive abortion law was unconstitutional.

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It took violence to drive faith out of public realm

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January 28, 2013

Pope Benedict, to his credit, repeatedly challenges the old canard that religious divisions are a primary source of societal violence. Most recently, the pope told diplomats accredited to the Holy See that true religion reconciles men and women with God.

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True prayer grounds us against group hysteria

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 28, 2013

In virtually all of his novels, Milan Kundera manifests a strong impatience with every kind of ideology, hype or fad that makes for group think or crowd hysteria. He is suspicious of slogans, demonstrations and marches of all kinds, no matter the cause. He calls all these the great march and, to his mind, they invariably lead to violence, all of them. Kundera likes artists because they tend to steer clear of causes, wanting to paint or write rather than march.

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Take heart: Follow God's dream for you

John Connelly

January 28, 2013
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 3, 2013

All of us have a dream. It may be covered by our losses and disappointments but it is there. It is a dream of freedom and love. A dream of making a real contribution to humanity. A dream of friendship, community and sharing life.

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Ethical reflection is an everyday task

Gordon Self

January 28, 2013

There is a saying that "good ethics is good business." In 2007, our senior leadership team developed a policy to address the ethical issues related to accommodating special requests. We wanted to define for our staff and physicians how best to respond if asked to accommodate a person of VIP status.

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Canadians pick up immoral tab for the aborted unborn

Mark Pickup

January 28, 2013

January 2013 marked a horrible anniversary: It has been 40 years of unrestricted abortion across the United States under the infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling.

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Harper assumes leadership role in aboriginal relations

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January 21, 2013

Prime Minister Stephen's Harper declaration that he will take a leading role in managing the relationship between the federal government and Canada's aboriginal people is the best news that could have come from his Jan. 11 meeting with native leaders.

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The mystery of God outstrips imagination, challenges our faith

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 21, 2013

Nicholas Lash, in a deeply insightful essay on God and unbelief, suggests that the God whom atheists reject is often simply an idol of their own imaginations: "We need do no more than notice that most of our contemporaries still find it 'obvious' that atheism is not only possible, but widespread and that, both intellectually and ethically, it has much to commend it.

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We are God's flesh in this time and place

Kathleen Giffin

January 21, 2013
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 27, 2013

There is a parable told about a child who is afraid of the dark. The parent reassures the little boy, saying that he is not alone, that God is always with him and therefore he need not be afraid. The little boy responds, "But I want God with skin on him."

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