Jay's Articles

MP Woodworth moved abortion to nation's front burner

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October 15, 2012

MP Stephen Woodworth did what many thought was impossible – he put the issue of abortion back on the political front burner in Canada. By trying to establish a parliamentary committee that would look at medical and other evidence of whether the unborn child is human, he made the rights of the unborn a topic of discussion across Canada.

Jesus' Baptism gives a state of grace that empowers change

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 15, 2012

John Shea once wrote a haunting poem about John the Baptist. The poem begins with the Baptist in prison, hearing the dancing above his head and knowing that this is soon to culminate in his being beheaded. Strangely, he's not too upset.

To be first in God's eyes is to serve others

Kathleen Giffin

October 15, 2012
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 21, 2012

My children adopted a common practice of their peers, the calling out of "Shotgun!" as their way to claim the front passenger seat in car rides. I remember the first couple of times it happened I was caught off guard, not sure what was meant.

On Day 2, the council claimed its holy freedom

October 15, 2012

It didn't take long for the tide to turn at the Second Vatican Council. Curia officials had spent much of the 44 months between the day Pope John XXIII announced the council until it actually began planning for how they believed it should be carried out.

Kenyan mothers helped by doctors, Church

Bishop Fred Henry

October 15, 2012

Every year, it is estimated that 500,000 women die in childbirth and pregnancy in the developing world and nine million children die before their fifth birthday. Many of these deaths could be prevented by ensuring access to public health care and services.

Science will never prove that God does not exist

Fr. Robert Barron

October 15, 2012

Given the ruminations of Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett, one might have thought that the absolute limit of scientistic arrogance had been reached.

Canonizing Kateri can open our hearts to aboriginal people

Bob McKeon

October 15, 2012

Oct. 21 will be an important day in the life of the Canadian Church. On this day in Rome, Pope Benedict will canonize Kateri Tekakwitha a saint.

Being a Christian means living life according to Jesus 24/7

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October 8, 2012

As the World Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization opens Oct. 7, a pressing question awaits an answer: We know the synod will lead to yet another Vatican document on evangelization; will it also lead to a missionary outburst that challenges the deadening, dehumanizing secularism of the West? Will the synod's deliberations lead to a metanoia, a conversion, in our attitudes and actions, or will it remain business as usual?

Laughter invites us to embrace heavenly joy

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 8, 2012

In our novitiate, when I was a novice with the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, our assistant novice director, a sincere but overly-stern man, cautioned us about too much levity in our lives by telling us that there is no recorded incident in Scripture of Jesus ever laughing.

A coffin has no pockets, a hearse no U-Haul

Maria Kozakiewicz

October 8, 2012
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 14, 2012

We all know this week's Gospel reading. It sounds divisive.