Jay's Articles

Teach a Haitian orphan to sew and you can clothe him or her for life

Mark Pickup

June 29, 2015

There is an old proverb that says "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." Indeed, the best form of charity is to show people how to be self-reliant. It's not the only form of charity; often immediate measures are crucial to save people affected by disaster. But the best long-term results come from helping people to be self-reliant.

Dublin archbishop calls for Church self-examination

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June 15, 2015

Dublin's Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is surely correct in his call for the Church to examine its failure to communicate its teachings in a country which not long ago lived and breathed Catholicism. The May 22 referendum in which 62 per cent of voters said the country should legalize same-sex marriage indicates something important is not getting through. Indeed, if a similar referendum were held in Canada, Catholic support for same-sex marriage might well exceed that in Ireland.

Jesus' only 'secret' is in the open for all to know

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 15, 2015

Everyone longs to know something that's secret, to know something that others don't know, but that you know, and the knowledge of which gives you some insight and advantage over others who are outside the inner circle of that secret. It has always been so. Historically this is called Gnosticism, which is the belief that a secret insight into spiritual truth is the key to salvation.

God's storm is the pangs of a new birth

Brett Fawcett

June 15, 2015
Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
June 14, 2015

Today's Gospel reading tells the familiar story of Jesus, asleep in the boat in the midst of a storm, awakened by his agitated apostles to calm the wind and the waves. Mark presumably recorded this story as a consolation to the persecuted Church, but what consolation are believers supposed to derive from it? Are we supposed to assume that Jesus will calm all the turbulent problems of our lives?

Gov't leadership required to move to reconciliation with First Nations

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June 15, 2015

The truth has been told; reconciliation is yet to come. Reconciliation with Canada's Aboriginal people – over the residential school morass, yes, but also over the whole range of issues afflicting indigenous people – will require political will. During the nine years of the current federal government, there has been no hint of a political will to put relations between Canada's original peoples and the dominant settler culture on a more equitable footing. The Harper government began its term in office by walking away from the Kelowna Accord, a landmark agreement that would have gone a long way toward dealing with some of the pressing issues facing Aboriginal communities.

Reconciliation is not one-stop shopping

Douglas Roche

June 15, 2015

The recent photo of Britain's Prince Charles shaking hands with Gerry Adams, the leader of the former political wing of the Irish Republican Army that killed Charles' uncle, Earl Louis Mountbatten, 36 years ago, stirred me deeply. It is flashing through my mind now as I watch the reports of the devastating findings of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Prince Charles and Adams appear to be reconciled, well, somewhat. The treatment of thousands of aboriginal people in residential schools across Canada is now labeled "cultural genocide." What a powerful term!

Devil's linking God to death destroys faith

Maria Kozakiewicz

June 15, 2015
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
June 28, 2015

God did not make death nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living. The devil is a persuasive liar. One of his greatest victories takes place when he persuades us that God is the source of death, that he sends death upon us. If accepted as an article of faith, the belief that "God made death" becomes a huge wrecking ball. I know many people who, having lost a parent or a beloved sibling, especially at an early age, turned their backs upon God permanently.

Police officers deserve a nation's gratitude

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June 15, 2015

The murder of Edmonton police Constable Daniel Woodall is but the latest example of the tremendous danger faced by men and women in blue during the course of the daily work. This killing follows on the heels of the murder of RCMP Constable David Wynn in St. Albert in January. We extend our sympathy to the wives and children of both officers who will bear the brunt of these heinous acts for the rest of their lives.

Romero's life raises issue of how to be voice of the voiceless

Bob McKeon

June 15, 2015

A couple of weeks ago, I joined a group who had gathered at Providence Centre to celebrate the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero. We were able to watch a live broadcast of the beatification liturgy from San Salvador on a large screen TV. Many in the group had immigrated to Edmonton from El Salvador, fleeing from the persecution and the violence of a harsh military dictatorship.

Why are no babies baptized in Lent, Advent?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

June 15, 2015

Our baby was born during Advent. When we asked to have her baptized shortly after, we were told that we couldn't. When we asked why not, we were told it was because the rule is that no Baptisms are allowed during Lent or Advent. However, we were not given a reason. Can you explain why no Baptisms are allowed during these specific periods?

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