Jay's Articles

Christmas fulfills promise to Adam and Eve

Mark Pickup

December 21, 2015

St. Ignatius was bishop of Antioch overseeing first century Syrian Christians and was a disciple of the Apostle John. He wrote a letter to the Christians at Ephesus as he was being transported to Rome to face wild beasts in the arena. Ignatius wrote, "For our God, Jesus Christ, was conceived by Mary in accord with God's plan: of the seed of David, it is true, but also of the Holy Spirit."

The ecstasy of being ordinary

December 21, 2015

I was revisiting my old disintegrating red-coloured copy of G.K. Chesterton's work Heretics, a fascinating collection of essays surrounding the issues of Catholic orthodoxy in the author's society more than a century ago. Among the delicious lines of Omar and the Sacred Vine lies a gem of a quote where he declares "it is more dazzling to catch a glimpse of the ecstasy of being ordinary."

Book explores interplay of faith, politics

Joe Gunn

December 21, 2015

Faith and politics matter," says John Milloy, author of a new book of this very title, released by Novalis Publishing last month. He should know. Milloy was a staffer in Prime Minister Jean Chrétien's office, later served as an Ontario provincial cabinet minister and now is professor of public ethics at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary

Finally, Alberta begins taking responsibility for Earth's future

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December 7, 2015

The Alberta government is to be congratulated for finally taking concrete steps to reduce the amount of carbon produced in this province that contributes to climate change. Pope Francis, in his encyclical Laudato Si', has called climate change "a global problem with grave implications," an issue affecting all people, including those of religious faith.

Muslims are the first victims of Islamic terrorism

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 7, 2015

This is not a good time to be a Muslim in the Western world. As the violence perpetrated by radical Islamic groups such as ISIS, al-Qaeda, and Boko Haram becomes more prevalent, huge numbers of people are becoming paranoid about and even openly hostile towards the Islam religion, seeing all Muslims as a threat.

Fresh eyes needed to see age-old truths

Kathleen Giffin

December 7, 2015
Third Sunday in Advent
December 13, 2015

I live in a remarkably beautiful part of the world; every day I see spectacular Rocky Mountains, peaks with glistening snow caps. Often I catch sight of nature that people come from all over the world hoping to see: grizzly bears, caribou, bighorn sheep and moose.

Strike at the root causes of terrorism

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December 7, 2015

In the face of hideous terrorist attacks on Paris, Beirut, Mali, a Russian airliner and other innocents, the Western world must respond, not with blind retribution, but by dealing with the root causes of violence. Too often in the past, the desire of Western nations to "do something" in response to violent attacks, while appeasing outrage at home, has inflamed the very problems such action was intended to undermine.

Canadians defy counsels of hate with actions that foster hope

Lasha Morningstar

December 7, 2015

The words are grim. "France is at war," said the country's President Francois Hollande. That declaration is also understandable. Terrorists had just slaughtered 130 people. People sitting in a café. People gathered in celebration at a restaurant. People at a concert. People on the street. People the cowardly murderers did not know. Innocents. No words can describe such a massacre.

Christ's lowly birth calls us to be childlike

Brett Fawcett

December 7, 2015
Fourth Sunday in Advent
December 20, 2015

Today's readings for the last Sunday of Advent are full of images of children. Our Lord said only she who becomes like a child is fit for the kingdom of heaven, and no wonder: Jesus himself is the kingdom; from all eternity he has been the Son, receiving everything from the Father. He was childlike before the worlds were born.

Luke's Gospel sets tone for Year of Mercy

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December 7, 2015

It is surely no coincidence that Pope Francis established the Church's Year of Mercy to coincide with Year C in the Lectionary, the year featuring the Gospel of Luke. Luke's Gospel has several theological purposes, not the least of which are his emphases on God's forgiveness of sinners and on the inclusion of all in the messianic kingdom.