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Wild love meets humanity and divinity

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi
July 27, 2015

The renowned spiritual writer, Henri Nouwen, made no secret about the fact that he was emotionally over-sensitive and that he suffered, sometimes to the point of clinical depression, from emotional obsessions. At times, he, a vowed celibate, was so overpowered by the feeling of being in love with someone who was hopelessly unavailable that he became psychologically paralyzed and needed professional help.

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Bread plays many roles in the biblical story

Maria Kozakiewicz
July 27, 2015
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 2, 2015

This Sunday's readings are all about bread. In our day, bread is maligned as a dangerous source of deadly carbs. But for at least 10,000 years, bread, as opposed to meat, was the food of civilized humans. Bread was the staple food of humanity and thus became a powerful symbol of goodness, plenty and also of home.

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Mary's assumption witnesses to our hope in eternal life

Visits with Mary Logo – Small
July 27, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Every year at the first hint of the waning of summer, the Church celebrates the feast of Mary's assumption into heaven. I have heard cynics refer to it as "the blessed assumption" – a tenuous belief that Mary was taken bodily into heaven when there is no direct scriptural support for such a belief. The Assumption, however, is one of the Church's oldest feasts, the celebration of which is attested to as far back as the fourth century.

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Trust is crucial in world overflowing with broken promises

Lasha Morningstar
July 27, 2015

His sky-blue eyes twinkled. Chuckles rumbled up from his generous tummy. "Oh come now, Lasha," said the kind-hearted rabbi. "Surely you would forgive a man for one little mistake?" I was taking a Mishna class – the study of Jewish law – and the topic of unfaithfulness in marriage came up. All in the class said yes they would forgive their partner if they strayed.

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Only Jesus' presence heals our brokenness

John Connelly
July 27, 2015
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 9, 2015

In this week's Gospel Jesus says, "I am the bread that came down from heaven." The simple truth is that all of us need this heavenly bread. We are hungry. We are broken. We are needy. Just think of all the ways we try to deny and hide this great hunger in our souls. Alcohol and drugs. Saturating our life in media. Distractions and entertainment of all kinds.

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Faith groups can increase refugee support

Joe Gunn
July 27, 2015

In human history, the world has never seen anything like it. In June, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees reported "a staggering crisis." The number of people forcibly displaced at the end of 2014 as a result of war, conflict and persecution had risen to 59.5 million, compared with 51.2 million a year earlier and 37.5 million a decade ago.

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Do unbaptized babies spend eternity in limbo

Sr. Louise Zdunich
July 27, 2015

A friend and I were talking about Baptism for infants. Many Protestant churches do not baptize infants. We discussed the Catholic concept of limbo and having infant Baptism to avoid having a baby or child go to limbo. She wanted to know if there are any biblical references to limbo. Are there any?

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In Baptism, we share in God's nature

July 27, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

From the beginning of his encyclical The Light of Faith, Pope Francis emphasized that faith is more than an intellectual act; it is an encounter with the person of Jesus Christ. That encounter, we learned, is a journey in which we grow, not only in knowledge, but in union with Christ. Moreover, it is a communal journey, not simply our own private trip. We journey in the Church.

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Seeds of faith have grown into an oasis for families

Matt LeBlanc and Marcus
July 13, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When the seeds of the Catholic Family Life Conference were sown in a small but zealous prayer group in St. Albert 20 years ago, the young families had no idea it would become the major annual event it is today. Led by Bob LeBlanc and his wife Deb, the group, rooted in the charismatic renewal, would get together after Mass to discuss their faith and watch videos of apologists and converts to the faith for inspiration.

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CSS heals society's forgotten, restores people's dignity

Stephen Carattini
July 13, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Human dignity is the basis for Catholic social teaching "and for the work that we engage in at Catholic Social Services," says the agency's chief executive officer. "We believe that each person has dignity precisely because they have been created by God (and) that each life from the moment of conception until the moment of natural death is worthy of our love, care and compassion," Stephen Carattini said at CSS's annual meeting at the Winspear Centre June 24.

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