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Nigerian Catholics display fighting spirit

Fr. Raymond de Souza

June 11, 2012

There is a new archbishop in Lagos, Nigeria's largest city. That might not strike you as big news, but it is. The last time Lagos had a new archbishop was in 1973.

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Christ will wipe away your tears in heaven

Mark Pickup

June 11, 2012

The readings of Trinity Sunday should give assurance to all who suffer and long to be with Christ. The First Reading was from Deuteronomy 4. It reminds us of how God has been with humanity from the beginning. God has always been involved in human affairs and desires a relationship with people. He has not forsaken us.

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Should we still be friends with a woman I find attractive?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

June 11, 2012

I read an article that when we find attractiveness in others, we should recognize and appreciate their attributes as gifts of God. I find the wife of one of our friend couples attractive in that we share professional occupations, similar backgrounds and dispositions but also physically.

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Religious vocations offer yearning hearts communion with God

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June 4, 2012

In his column on Page 19, Father Ayo Ayeni contrasts the conventional thinking and life of our age with the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. The pursuit of wisdom, he says, leads one to communion and to understand love as sacrifice. The sinking into conventionality plants one in a blah existence, one lacking even in moral signposts.

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Wilderness, sun, storms, fear foster spirituality

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 4, 2012

A number of years ago, accompanied by an excellent Jesuit director, I did a 30-day retreat using the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. In the third week, there's a meditation on Jesus' agony in the garden. I did the meditation to the best of my ability and met with my director to discuss the result. He wasn't satisfied and asked me to repeat the exercise.

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How can I keep the eternal covenant?

Ralph Himsl

June 4, 2012
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June 10, 2011

The designers of the format of the Western Catholic Reporter merit a goodly measure of credit in their choice of the name for this column the Word Made Flesh; even if on occasion the title may have an ironic, if unintended quality. (Did these planners enjoy its twin treasures of reverence and humour?)

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The trinity calls us to the divine truth

Fr. Ayodele Ayeni CsSP

June 4, 2012

Since we celebrate the solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity June 3, let us assess our understanding of the Trinity.

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Working for unity in the Church follows a tortuous path

Fr. Raymond de Souza

June 4, 2012

Pentecost is a feast of unity, as the gift of the Holy Spirit makes possible the unity that the Lord Jesus desires for his Church. To preserve the unity of the Church is one of the first duties of the pastor. The flock is to be brought into the one sheepfold.

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Harsh last words will ring forever in my memory

Lasha Morningstar

June 4, 2012

Her rough voice rang in my ears. "I was just saying to someone at lunch I would far rather get a basket of those little packages of special food than get flowers. They just die."

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Conscientious objection protects the common good

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May 28, 2012

The expected objection to the Canadian bishops' Pastoral Letter on Freedom of Conscience and Religion is that conscience rights cannot be given as high a priority as human rights. By allowing individuals to exercise their freedom of conscience in the public arena, so the argument goes, one is allowing them to infringe on the rights of others.

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