Bishop Bergie’s Blog: Faith Matters

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Fasting: a hunger for God

Fasting is one of the pillars of Lent and it provides a significant means of helping us listen to the Lord. It is a form of self-denial as we grow in our ability to say no to self and yes to God. Fasting provides a spiritual cleansing where we “make room” in our souls for God. This also provides an […]

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Discovering integrity through a moral conscience

In the Christian faith, conscience is foundadtional because it helps us to live a moral life. To put it simply, our conscience helps us to do good and to avoid evil. When we consider what we have been hearing lately in the news, we could certainly use more good and less evil. Sometimes when we think of conscience, the image […]

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Listening for God’s Voice in a Noise-Filled World

It seems natural to seek advice in life. Often we will turn to a person whom we respect; it may be a professional, a friend or family member. Wise counsel can assist us in decision making, relationships and in various life situations. This is also true in the spiritual life. I am sure that many of us have heard the […]

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New start full of promise and hope

The first of January marks the beginning of a new year. It is often a time of personal resolutions that are filled with hope and promise. There always seems to be something good in a new beginning. In the Catholic tradition, New Year’s Day begins the year with something good; it is a feast dedicated to Mary, the Mother of […]

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Faith Matters: This Christmas, Jesus wants our love

The Bible is full of interesting characters. One of the more colourful is John the Baptist. The scriptures describe him as a man who dressed in clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist. While living in the wilderness his food was locusts and wild honey (Mt.3:4). He tells us that he is “The voice crying […]

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Spiritual preparation for Christmas

It seems that Christmas comes earlier and earlier each year. What I mean by that statement is that we are hearing Christmas carols and seeing Christmas decorations long before the weather turns cold and the snow falls. The focus on Christmas seems to be so protracted that when Dec. 25 finally arrives some people are already tired of Christmas. This […]

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Finding gospel truth through the poor

Last year, at the conclusion of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis asked that the church annually celebrate a day focused on the poor. He stated: “I wanted to offer the church a World Day of the Poor, so that throughout the world Christian communities can become an even greater sign of Christ’s charity for the least and those […]

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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) This passage is taken from the Farewell Discourse of Jesus which takes place during the […]

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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. He was constantly storming heaven with his request until God finally spoke and said to him, “Please, meet me halfway; […]

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Turn to God when your faith shatters

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. An example from the Bible can be found in Job. He had a very good life and everything seemed to be going well until Job experienced many tragedies, sickness, and appeared to have lost everything. […]

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