FAITH/STORIES

TORONTO - Kelly Boyden grew up in Orleans, a suburb of Ottawa, under the care of his adopted parents, two devout Catholics. He went to Catholic school and was an altar server, but in his teenage years he drifted away from the faith.
For Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May it’s difficult to choose a favourite prayer. She’s partial to the Peace Prayer of St. Francis (which is Franciscan in spirit, but not written by St. Francis) and St. Francis’ Canticle of All Creatures (which probably does date from St. Francis’ lifetime).
TORONTO - Church unity hasn’t happened yet, but Catholics and Anglicans have a new list of concrete suggestions for ways to bring the two churches closer.

Praying for miracles

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TORONTO - Sandy Sitar and her husband Glenn Brown work in the pharmaceutical industry in technically demanding jobs. They’re educated young professionals — not the sort of people who fall into superstition or believe in magic. But that doesn’t mean they don’t believe in miracles.

Demand for John Paul’s relics swamps Vatican

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JPIIROME - The Rome diocesan office charged with promoting the sainthood cause of Pope John Paul II has exceeded its postage budget because of increased requests for prayer cards and relics of the late pope.

Trust in the Holy Spirit, says author

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The daily prayer of the man with his finger on the pulse of Canada’s literary scene comes from a little devotional booklet containing a selection of prayers for all occasions. The particular prayer The Toronto Star’s chief book reviewer finds fit for most occasions is a prayer to the Holy Spirit.

MY FAVOURITE PRAYER: Serenity Prayer eases things in stressful world

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elizabeth mayFor Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May it’s difficult to choose a favourite prayer. She’s partial to the Peace Prayer of St. Francis (which is Franciscan in spirit, but not written by St. Francis) and St. Francis’ Canticle of All Creatures (which probably does date from St. Francis’ lifetime).

My favourite prayer: A Reassuring ritual

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TORONTO - CFL football player Jude St. John has prayed the Lord’s Prayer before each game ever since he started playing football.

Sudbury priest takes his ministry online

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. - A priest in the diocese of Sault Ste. Marie is taking his homilies worldwide, using the Internet as the latest communication tool to reach the unchurched.

Our favourite prayers

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Archbishop CollinsEditor’s note: Lent is a time of almsgiving, fasting and abstinence, but most importantly, it is a time of prayer. During the six weeks of Lent, The Catholic Register will present the favourite prayers of well known Canadians. We start the series with Archbishop Thomas Collins of Toronto.

Archbishop Thomas Collins says one of his favourite prayers — probably the one he resorts to most often during the day — is the Jesus Prayer.

Archbishop Meagher devoted to his people 'til the end

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His final wish. Several weeks ago when the doctor of palliative care visited Arcbishop Anthony Meagher, now in the later stages of cancer, he said: "I have three questions I would like to ask you." The archbishop nodded.

His 'Day After'

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Among the still Judean hills
Where shepherds grazed their sheep,
Angelic song like sudden dawn
Woke slumberers from sleep.

Though startled so, they did not know
That heaven had contrived,
To tell through them, good news to men.
"Day after" had arrived.

No rain of bombs in megatonnes
To tear and break the earth
No searing fire, but angels' choir
Announcing Jesus' birth.

A promise old, His birth foretold,
This Saviour who would come.
In Him who lay in manger hay
Salvation had begun.

"Day after" is, the time since His
Coming as man to earth,
Reversed the fall, gave hope to all.
Redemption had its birth.

No scheming man for all his plan
Could overcome with might,
What Mary's child had reconciled
By humble birth that night.

No force so strong, no reign so long
could change the heart of men,
As God was able, in a stable,
Through a babe in Bethlehem.

And since that birth, no place on earth
Can ever be the same
For 'twas earth's Lord shepherds adored,
The day that Jesus came.

In weakness odd, the strength of God
Lay in a tiny child
A voiceless herald to save the world
That sin and death defiled.

A world deranged, forever changed
O shout with joy and laughter!
Since Jesus came, we're not the same,
We've living His "Day after"!

Napanee's St. Patrick's is surely a house worthy of God

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It was a once-in-a-lifetime celebration for St. Patrick's parish, Napanee, my parish when I left to the seminary more than 60 years ago, and since my retirement 10 years ago.