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BERGIE: Finding unity on the anniversary of the Reformation

Just prior to his suffering and death, Jesus offers this simple prayer to his Father: “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one.” (John 17:20)

Gerard Bergie, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Catharines

The ability to judge well

There is a story told about a man who would pray each day to win the lottery. As the weeks passed the jackpot amount increased because there was no winner. The frequency and intensity of the man’s prayer also increased.

Turn to God when faith shatters

This column is called Faith Matters. Its purpose is to discuss matters of faith because faith matters to many. This is why when faith shatters it is a serious matter.There are things in life that can rock our faith and cause significant damage.

FAITH: Self-centred culture will create division

Today we hear a great deal about personal autonomy. This philosophical concept is generally understood to be the ability to decide to be one’s own person, to live one’s life according to reasons and motives that are taken as one’s own and not the product of external forces. This does not mean we have the freedom to do whatever we want.

Gerard Bergie, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Catharines

FAITH: Our reliable source of truth

A fundamental principle of journalism is factual reporting. This is why the growing phenomenon of ‘fake news’ is so troubling. Instead of presenting honest information, rogue sources present disinformation that leads to confusion and undermines trust.

Gerard Bergie, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Catharines

FAITH MATTERS: Our reliable source of truth

A fundamental principle of journalism is factual reporting. This is why the growing phenomenon of ‘fake news’ is so troubling. Instead of presenting honest information, rogue sources present disinformation that leads to confusion and undermines trust.

Bishop Gerard Bergie at the Cathedral of Saint Catherine of Alexandria in St. Catharines

BERGIE: St. Francis de Sales, great preacher, spiritual guide

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. In recognition of this fact, the Vatican has issued a document entitled: From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017. Its focus is on what unites rather than divides, “Today we are able to tell the story of the Lutheran Reformation

Bishop Gerard Bergie is pictured inside the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria in St. Catharines, where he will deliver midnight mass on Christmas Eve. For the 83rd year, it will be broadcast on 610 CKTB starting at 11:30 p.m. (Greg Furminger/Welland Tribune/Postmedia Network)

Be attentive to the needs of the poor

As a new year approaches, those in the accounting world are preparing year-end reports. This work is important because it provides an opportunity to see how a business has performed over the past year.

Take steps to improve your spiritual environment

It seems today that there is a greater awareness of environmental issues. Even Pope Francis has issued an encyclical, Laudato Si, that speaks about the care we must give to our common home.