Jay's Articles

Oh, to see we Christians as others see us

Ralph Himsl

October 29, 2012
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 4, 2011

Our parish has a longstanding refugee committee on which I have served. The expulsion of those who became known as "boat people" from Vietnam in 1979-80 stirred parishioners to offer help. "Form a committee," they said.

Lively debate on liturgy ends with near-unanimity


October 29, 2012

Patriarch Maximos Saigh, head of the Melkite rite in Antioch, made his introduction to the Second Vatican Council by breaking a rule. Instead of speaking Latin as the rules required, the patriarch spoke unapologetically in French.

Not one dog is forgotten before God

Lasha Morningstar

October 29, 2012

The bite of winter nips. Leaves are in plastic bags or piled on compost heaps. Bulbs tucked in the earth wait for spring. Winter jackets are dug out from the back of the closet. And mental notes are made to gather warm clothing for the homeless.

The making of saints should not be used for partisan interests

Fr. Raymond de Souza

October 29, 2012

The making of saints is a joyous affair, with a gracious spirit abounding toward all, and a determined effort to ignore any discordant notes.

Non-Christian inmates need chaplains of their own faith

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October 22, 2012

The federal government should restore the $1.3 million in funding that it hopes to save by eliminating part-time chaplains from the federal prison system. The most noxious aspect of this particular funding cut is that it will mean an end to almost all non-Christian chaplains who work to meet the spiritual needs of inmates in federal prisons.

Subtle forms of pride poison relationships with others and God

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 22, 2012

One of the wonderful features of young children is their emotional honesty. They don’t hide their feeling or wants. They have no subtlety.

Uncertain world stays blind to Christ

John Connelly

October 22, 2012
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 28, 2012

We live in uncertain times. We are uncertain about the economy, our security and our future. The First World confidence we once felt is evaporating slowly but surely.

Council fathers turn their attention to liturgical reform

October 22, 2012

All of the preliminaries were now over and the Second Vatican Council got down to business. But what business would that be? Of the 70 schema (proposed documents), the council fathers had seen only seven. Of those seven, by far the most important were those on divine revelation and on the liturgy.

Spreading germs ignites moral outrage

Gordon Self

October 22, 2012

Is it time to get mad?" The question was posed during a recent multispecialty rounds at Covenant Health.

What is the Church's attitude towards art?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

October 22, 2012

You mentioned the creative arts in a previous response, what does Scripture say and what has been the Church's history in relation to the creative arts?