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We call for violence, revenge — not God

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 30, 2011

God is non-violent. God does not prescribe violence. Violence should never be rationalized in God's name. That is clear in Christian revelation. But that immediately poses the question: What about the violence in Scripture that is attributed to God or to God's direct orders?

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Ascension — Jesus sealing message of hope

Ralph Himsl

May 30, 2011
Ascension — June 5, 2011

Truth will out! And few better places for such an admission than in the text of an essay on the readings for Sunday Mass, you might say. Not a great truth though — merely an acknowledgement of a temptation to write a most trite introduction, "The feast of Ascension commemorates one of the most remarkable events in the life of Jesus."

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Friday's fish and chips say we are Catholic

Fr. Raymond de Souza

May 30, 2011

Fish 'n chips, anyone? It's either that or, given the preponderance of Indian takeout in England today, vegetable samosas and prawn curry for Catholics on Friday come this fall.

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Caregivers should heed deep yearnings in patients' requests

Gordon Self

May 30, 2011

There is a saying in ethics that people might have capacity for making decisions, but have poor judgment. Anyone having raised teenagers will know the truth of this statement, perhaps recalling some of their children's past decisions when good judgment was lacking.

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Spirit's presence revealed most clearly in life of virtue

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May 23, 2011

It was a great joy to have Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the papal household, give four public talks at St. Joseph Basilica earlier this month. But please permit this writer to express a minor disappointment that Cantamalessa was not able to speak on the topic for which he has been a guiding light over the past 20 years — the renewal of ourselves and our Church through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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The 2 dimensions of orthodoxy: Glue and fire

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 23, 2011

There are more ways than one in which our belief system can be unbalanced so as to do harm to God and to the Church.

What makes for a healthy, balanced, orthodox faith? The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church defines orthodoxy as "right belief as contrasted to heresy." That's accurate enough, but we tend to think of this in a one-sided way.

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Let your voice ring out with love for the Lord

John Connelly

 

May 23, 2011
Sixth Sunday of Easter — May 29, 2011

Psalm 66 says, "All the earth worships you; they sing praises to you, sing praises to your name." Can you and I imagine what this would look like? All the earth worshiping and praising the Lord in song. People of every race, creed and nation giving unhindered glory to God.

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Ultrasound's image saves unborn lives

Mark Pickup

May 23, 2011

The city council of Rockford, Ill., was recently asked to vote on whether to allow a mobile ultrasound van to park near a local abortion clinic. It would offer free ultrasound services to women about to enter the Northern Illinois Women's Center.

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Are 'Go tell' said at the well and 'Go' at the end of Mass linked?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

May 23, 2011

In the Gospels, the women searching for Jesus in the tomb are told: "Go, tell." At the end of Mass, the priest says: "Go." Is there any connection?

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Marking your X is just the beginning

Bob McKeon

May 23, 2011

We had our latest federal election on May 2. The Conservative Party under Stephen Harper won a majority after several years of minority governments. Almost certainly, the next federal election will not occur for another four years.

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