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Fasting: a common sense approach

Three years ago during a Lenten Friday Mass, I was called upon to use my nursing skills in an emergency situation. Just as the cantor began the Gospel Acclamation, an elderly woman in the pew in front of my family suddenly collapsed to the floor. My nursing instinct kicked in as I climbed over the back of the pew to get to her. As Father began proclaiming the Gospel, I performed a quick assessment of the frail woman and whispered ... (Continue reading)

Giving up Lent

I remember Lent as a kid. It was basically the longest stretch of time EVER, next to Advent of course. Unlike Advent, Lent was chock full of not eating what I wanted, not drinking what I wanted, not watching TV and not doing most things I enjoyed. Whatever I liked, Lent took away from me. It was the have-not stint of any given year. Even as a small child I remember clapping my hands over my mouth after consuming the ... (Continue reading)

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Relativism and the meretricious hero

The word altruism is defined as concern for another without regard for injury to oneself. It is used, usually in psychology, to describe heroism—the act of risking your life for somebody else’s. The man who coined the word was Auguste Comte, the founder of positivism. Comte was by no means a great moral leader, or even a good one. He, like many other scientists of his time, was of the opinion that there was no knowledge outside of human experience and ... (Continue reading)

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The rosaries of our lives

Sometime before Christmas I made the upsetting discovery that I had lost one of my favourite rosaries. People lose rosaries all the time, I know, but this particular one was very special to me. This was the rosary that accompanied me to work each day, sized perfectly so that I could finger the beads while driving. Its small, oval, burgundy beads were on a strong silver chain. The attached St. Benedict medallion and detailed crucifix, both made ... (Continue reading)

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Sexual Revolevolution

While cycling through my blogroll the other day, I ended up being linked to an an article in The Telegraph. It starts out with quite a bang: A friend’s daughter recently started at a highly regarded boarding school. When her mother asked how she was enjoying the mixed-sex environment, the girl said quietly: “You have to give the boys oral sex or they get cross.” Reeling with shock, the mum protested that her darling daughter did not have to do ... (Continue reading)

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Catholicism in the trenches

Fear not those who argue, but those who dodge. - Dale Carnegie Consider this for a moment. What if (and I know this sounds crazy) but just what if our society allowed honest-to-goodness debate? What if, when someone asked you a polarizing question like “Do you support same sex unions?” or “What do you think of women clergy?” they were genuinely interested in your point of view, and preferred you to have a different moral code so as to enjoy the ... (Continue reading)

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Disconnected Harmony

When the biggest of my little brothers read The Hunger Games his main complaint with the story was that it was not realistic. Obviously, The Hunger Games is a fictitious trilogy. My brother’s problem was not with the idea of a game show wherein all the contestants are trying to murder each other, nor with the unbelievable advancements in medicine or cosmetics, nor even with the invisibility-enabled hovercrafts. His argument against the story was that the world would never and ... (Continue reading)

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On kneeling and communion rails

Lately, there has been much debate about kneeling at Mass in general and kneeling at a communion rail in particular. The nays say that it isn't necessary to get down on our knees to show reverence; the yeas contend that kneeling is an act of worship. This past summer, my husband and I and four of our children spent ten wonderful days in Ottawa, Canada. Our hotel was in the heart of the busy downtown core and a three-minute walk to ... (Continue reading)

Lancing the Wound of Sin

“Always remember that God sees everything.” - Padre Pio My husband used to be a biker—not the Harley kind, but the bicycle kind. He used to be in a cycling group in high school, going out in a pack or "peloton," racing along the highways of southern Ontario. He knows how difficult cycling can be and has the scars to prove it. So it was with mild interest ... (Continue reading)

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Defeating euthanasia, one person at a time

The news story about the Belgian twin brothers who were euthanized on 14 December 2012, was the first story I read when I got home from work. The brothers, while in relatively good health at present, were given a prognosis of blindness and the thought of not being able to see each other put them in a state of despair. In the peace and quiet of an empty house, I became sadder and sadder as I continued to read.... (Continue reading)

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