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Sponsoring a child honours Mother Teresa

Lisa Persche

July 18, 2011

Recently our mail included the annual status report on the child our family supports through Chalice, formerly Christian Child Care International. She lives in Haiti, the poorest and most densely populated country in the Western Hemisphere.

Our family learned about Chalice, a Canadian Catholic organization, several years ago when a visiting priest spoke at Mass about its projects. Chalice's mission is to "support local initiatives in developing countries, primarily through the sponsorship of children and elderly in need." In doing so, it gives witness to Christ's love and provides hope for the future.

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Trekking a volunteer path leads on to a lifetime of service

Bob McKeon

July 18, 2011

A few weeks ago, I was invited to talk with a group of summer interns at Mustard Seed in inner city Edmonton. For the past several years, Mustard Seed has provided a summer employment opportunity for several young adults seeking an experience of Christian outreach and service with inner city men, women and children.

The summer workers get to work in the different programs of the agency including emergency food and clothing, community development projects and public education and advocacy initiatives.

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Balthasar's theology inspires today's papal candidates

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July 11, 2011

The appointment of Cardinal Angela Scola, patriarch of Venice for the past nine years, as the archbishop of Milan, Europe's largest diocese, has entrenched his name as the top Italian candidate when a new pope is chosen. Many observers see Scola as worthy in his own right. But the fact that three 20th century popes had previously served as patriarch of Venice and two as archbishop of Milan only heightens the likelihood that Scola will be seen as a serious candidate.

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Faithful prayer key to winning battle of light vs. darkness

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 11, 2011

Two contraries cannot co-exist inside the same subject. Aristotle wrote that and it seems to say the obvious; something can't be light and dark at the same time.

However, in terms of what's happening inside our souls it seems that contraries can indeed co-exist inside the same subject.

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Keep praying . . . even when God seems silent

 Lasha Morningstar

July 11, 2011
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 17,2011

Prayer comforts — sometimes. It can be an entreaty, murmured in despair, sometimes riddled with tears. Or a memorized string of words, said in monotone rote. Or a whispered "Thank you" to God. So many variations, the variety intoned according to the mood or occasion of the moment.

Often, prayer is not valued, thought to be the refuge of the weak. One cleric, describing a problem, laughed at a reception, asking, "Are we so desperate we've turned to prayer?"

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Benedict knows God's will shapes his life

Fr. Raymond de Souza

July 11, 2011

The feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, June 29, is kept with suitable solemnity in Rome, with the pope offering Mass at St. Peter's on the patronal feast of his diocese.

Ten years ago, in 2001, Blessed John Paul asked Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to celebrate the Mass in his stead. It was the 50th anniversary of Ratzinger's priestly ordination, June 29, 1951, and the honour of offering the patronal Mass in the pope's presence was thought both a tribute to Ratzinger's long service, and, perhaps, a prelude to a farewell earnestly sought by Ratzinger himself.

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What do special Offices, Masses mean?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

July 11, 2011

In your previous column on Our Lady of Good Counsel, you mention that a pope "granted an office" or "approved a new Mass" for Our Lady. Can you tell me what the significance of "an office" is in this context.

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Corpus Christi feast is based on the power of the Word

Fr. Robert Barron

July 11, 2011

Last month, I gave an address at the Atlanta Eucharistic Congress, which is one of the most impressive gatherings in the American Catholic Church. Roughly 30,000 people came together, on the eve of the feast of Corpus Christi, to celebrate the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

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Ottawa's tough new laws won't cut crime

Joe Gunn

July 11, 2011

Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised during the recent election campaign to pass all of his government's crime legislation in one package of bills within the first 100 sitting days of the new Parliament. In the June 3 Speech from the Throne, the Conservative government promised to "move quickly to reintroduce comprehensive law-and-order legislation to combat crime and terrorism."

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Oh Canada, you could be so much better if . . .

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July 4, 2011

Here is a wish list for Canada's 154th birthday: What Canada most needs is more religion and more babies. It needs less abuse — sexual, verbal and physical — and fewer divorces. It needs less TV watching and less time on the Internet. Canada needs less emphasis on individual rights and more commitment to community responsibilities. Less gambling and more sharing would be good too.

Canada would benefit if there were less pornography and less exploitive advertising. It would also benefit if there was a strong emphasis on education in the Great Books, if everyone got half an hour of exercise a day and if we had a weekly Sabbath when everything shut down and everyone gave the day to rest, reflection and prayer.

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