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Joy comes in threes, plus one

Ralph Himsl

December 20, 2010

As if roused from a reverie over her cooling cup of coffee, she mused, "Our good old Christmas still has a lot going for it." Deep in the hubbub of what the commercial world has established as "the season of giving," the remark seemed timely. more . . .

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Mary — Jesus’ first disciple

December 20, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Catholics have long celebrated May as the month of Mary. But liturgically, the real month of Mary is December. More particularly, it is the season of Advent and, most especially, it is these last days leading to the birth of the Saviour. more . . .

 

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It’s time to restore Midnight Mass

Fr. Raymond de Souza

December 20, 2010

What time is Midnight Mass? It's the season for that question, and the answer is not predictable. Over more than a generation, we Catholics have fumbled away one of our most distinctive customs. Indeed, the Christmas Mass schedule has become something rather different than what the Church intends, and what our tradition refined over centuries.more . . .

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Time to end poverty in Alberta is now!

Bob McKeon

December 20, 2010

Last week I was talking with a long-time church volunteer at a food bank in my neighbourhood. She was commenting on the continuing high numbers of people coming week after week requesting a food hamper. What was especially troubling for her was that 40 per cent of those being fed from her food bank were children. more . . .

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Christ’s humble birth belies the wealth he gives his believers

Gordon Self

December 20, 2010

The Christmas season is meant for inexpressible Joy. After all, Advent marks the coming of Jesus Christ to earth to save humanity from the penalty of sin and evil. more . . .

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Seek out moments of joy to ease the pain

Lisa Persche

December 20, 2010

Many people are filled with joyful anticipation and festive good cheer at this time of the year. But some are filled with anxiety and dread, and wish to get the holidays over with as quickly and uneventfully as possible. more . . .

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Incarnation means year-long love for the marginalized

December 20, 2010
BILLY ISENOR, OFM
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

This time of year brings about the usual cliché themes that are preached in the Church. For example, we hear messages about helping others, reconciliation and focusing on God amidst the commercialism of Christmas. As one of my Facebook friends posted on their wall: “Let us put the ‘Christ’ back into Christmas!” more . . .

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Catholic schools instill human values as well as faith

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December 13, 2010

David King, executive director of the Alberta Public School Boards Association, has announced that he will launch a petition calling for the end of public funding of separate schools. King, education minister in the Lougheed years, believes Alberta would be best served by taking away Catholics' constitutional rights and ensuring that the province has a monochromatic school system. more . . .

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Jesus’ virgin birth demanded the sanctity of a surrendered heart

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 13, 2010

Christian tradition has always emphasized that Jesus was born of a virgin. The Messiah could only come forth from a virgin's womb. The main reason for this emphasis, of course, is to highlight that Jesus did not have a human father and that his conception was from the Holy Spirit. more . . .

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Jesus’ impending birth arouses joy

John Connelly

 

December 13, 2010

Today the Scriptures declare the call to be a joyful people. The prophet Zephaniah declares, "Shout for joy, O daughter of Jerusalem. Sing joyfully, O Israel! Be glad and exult with all your heart." more . . .

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