Jay's Articles

Minimum wage hike is a moral issue

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August 17, 2015

Perhaps the most controversial policy of Alberta's new NDP government is its plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018. Despite the headwinds of opposition, the Notley government should forge ahead and just do it. Paying a living wage is basic morality. The argument against a sharp increase in the minimum wage is that jobs will be lost, mainly in small businesses tempted to try to do the same work with fewer staff.

Pope Francis answers the world's hunger for hope and action

Douglas Roche

August 17, 2015

Pope Francis' trip to the United States in September, including speeches to the U.S. Congress and the UN General Assembly, will certainly put a spotlight on how the leader of the Catholic Church sees the solution to global problems challenging human security in the world today. The pope is not coming into these political bear pits to offer only spiritual consolation.

Keep the poor ever in your heart and actions

Kathleen Giffin

August 17, 2015
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 30, 2015

I recently heard of a practice that has purportedly risen in Naples in response to the poor in their midst. People will buy a coffee or sandwich in the shops and pay for an extra one "pending." The people on the street know they can go to certain shops and ask if there are any coffees or lunches pending. If someone has paid ahead for one, they get what they need. It is a lovely idea.

Campaign offers chance for euthanasia debate

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August 17, 2015

Many issues are being debated in the current federal election campaign; absent from the list is how elected officials should respond to the Supreme Court decision overturning Canada's laws against euthanasia and assisted suicide. Such lack of attention is both bizarre and reprehensible.

Digging out roots of family tree uncovers unexpected treasure

Lasha Morningstar

August 17, 2015

Doctors scratched their heads in bewilderment as they tried to puzzle out why a young female relative kept dashing to the biffy. The woman scanned the relatives she knew in search of any genetic history that would let the medics understand what was happening to her. Nothing. Then she mentioned it to me. A lightbulb moment happened to me days later.

Catholics, Church urged to respond to TRC's call to action

Bob McKeon

August 17, 2015

Early this past June, I found I was in Ottawa at the same time as the concluding events of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Since I had been involved with the Alberta National TRC event held in Edmonton a year earlier, I took advantage of the opportunity to attend this historic event. A special Catholic liturgy was held the previous Saturday at St. Joseph's Church, the historic Oblate parish in Ottawa.

Humanity should show kindly stewardship of animals, plants

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July 27, 2015

The traditional Catholic view is that human beings are the only creature God willed for its own sake as they were created in God's image and likeness. This puts animals and plants on a lower plane of being, a view reflected in the Catechism of the Catholic Church's statement, "Animals, like plants and inanimate beings, are by nature destined for the common good of past, present and future humanity" (n. 2415).

Wild love meets humanity and divinity

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 27, 2015

The renowned spiritual writer, Henri Nouwen, made no secret about the fact that he was emotionally over-sensitive and that he suffered, sometimes to the point of clinical depression, from emotional obsessions. At times, he, a vowed celibate, was so overpowered by the feeling of being in love with someone who was hopelessly unavailable that he became psychologically paralyzed and needed professional help.

Bread plays many roles in the biblical story

Maria Kozakiewicz

July 27, 2015
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 2, 2015

This Sunday's readings are all about bread. In our day, bread is maligned as a dangerous source of deadly carbs. But for at least 10,000 years, bread, as opposed to meat, was the food of civilized humans. Bread was the staple food of humanity and thus became a powerful symbol of goodness, plenty and also of home.

Mary's assumption witnesses to our hope in eternal life

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July 27, 2015

Every year at the first hint of the waning of summer, the Church celebrates the feast of Mary's assumption into heaven. I have heard cynics refer to it as "the blessed assumption" – a tenuous belief that Mary was taken bodily into heaven when there is no direct scriptural support for such a belief. The Assumption, however, is one of the Church's oldest feasts, the celebration of which is attested to as far back as the fourth century.