Jay's Articles

Philanthropy is like a pebble dropped into a pool of kindness

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

November 4, 2013

I read a funny story recently about a teenager who brought her new boyfriend home to meet her parents. They were appalled when they saw him: he was covered in tattoos, piercings, and more leather than a herd of cattle.

Evangelization begins in your community and home

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October 28, 2013

Pope Francis raised eyebrows when he recently labelled proselytism as "solemn foolishness." One might ask whether this means the Church is abandoning its mission of proclaiming the Gospel and opting for a philosophy of "live and let live"?

Theology and catechesis follow different paths

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 28, 2013

There has always been an innate and healthy tension between theology and catechesis, between what's happening in theology departments in universities and the church pew. Theologians and bishops are often not each other's favourite people. And that's understandable. Why?

Tax collector confessed and Jesus forgave

Ralph Himsl

October 28, 2013
Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 3, 2013

Mornin' Zacchaeus. Have you a minute? I'd like to talk to you about yesterday in front of your house."

Christian love gives the dying souls peace

Mark Pickup

October 28, 2013

My wife LaRee and I were asked to address a conference about critical life issues sponsored by the Diocese of Metuchen, N.J. They wanted us to speak about a Christian perspective on suffering, disability and end-of-life care. It is a timely topic because New Jersey is considering a law to allow assisted suicide.

The journey of dying takes many paths

Gordon Self

October 28, 2013

Dr. Donald Low's posthumous plea for assisted suicide posted last month on YouTube, widely reported in the news, along with Quebec's proposed law has generated renewed debate regarding the legalization of "medical aid in dying."

Push for euthanasia not likely to end soon

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October 21, 2013

According to Canada's advocates for assisted suicide and euthanasia the time has come to overturn the law that prohibits those nefarious activities. And if the time has not come this year, then it will come next year, or the year after that or . . .. The push for so-called death with dignity will continue until the law is changed.

Suicide results from an emotional cancer

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 21, 2013

Sadly, today, there are many deaths by suicide. Very few people have not been deeply affected by the suicide of a loved one. In the United States alone, there are more than 33,000 suicides a year. That averages out to 90 such deaths per day, about three to four every hour.

Pope Francis exemplifies the humble soul

John Connelly

October 21, 2013
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 27, 2013

All of us have a Pharisee within. It is that part of us that wants to judge others and justify our actions. It is that part that wants to feel superior to others. It is that part which refuses to see the truth of the words of Jesus: "Without me you can do nothing" (John 15.5).

Ecological crisis is a moral problem

Bob McKeon

October 21, 2013

Ecological issues are very much in the news these days. We read about the latest international report on climate change, debates on proposed bitumen pipelines and oil being shipped across Canada in railway tank cars, and provincial court decisions about the right of environmental groups to be able to attend and speak at public hearings concerning the construction of new oilsands plants.

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