Jay's Articles

Authorities riled as Jesus heals blind man

Ralph Himsl

March 17, 2014
Fourth Sunday of Lent
March 30, 2014

My copy of the Sunday Missal gives two options for the Gospel for today in which Jesus cures a blind man of his affliction. When I see the marking for a shorter version of the Gospel in the missal, I often say to myself, and I shame to confess it, "I hope the priest reads the shorter excerpt, but he probably will go for the longer one."

When injustice takes root in a parish

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March 17, 2014

Traditionally, there are four marks of the true Church – it is one, holy, catholic and apostolic. However, the 1970 world Synod of Bishops added a fifth mark. By saying that justice is a constitutive dimension of the Gospel, the synod in effect said the true Church is also known by its proclamation and living out of God's justice. This is a good thing, but it can also be problematic. For just as the Church is not united and its members often lack holiness, relations among baptized believers are sometimes unjust.

Euthanasia advocates out to expand their throwaway culture

Lasha Morningstar

March 17, 2014

Look through the window of a neo-natal intensive care unit and watch as physicians, interns, nurses fight for babies' lives. Nothing else exists for them in those moments. Tubes, machines, intravenous, parents sobbing and praying in the chapel. That wee bundle of life matters. Just ask the medical team, the parents.

What significance does the desert have in our lives?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

March 17, 2014

The desert seems to play a significant role in the Bible and early Christianity. Does it have any meaning for us?

Pro-euthanasia rhetoric larded with euphemisms to disguise reality

Mark Pickup

March 17, 2014

I want to address the rhetoric used by people who promote euthanasia and assisted suicide. Those who control language control public discourse and set agendas that dictate behaviour that might not be acceptable in other contexts. It is a confusing time. The culture in which we live is telling the incurably ill and severely disabled they have a right to assisted suicide while the healthy population deserves suicide prevention.

Refugees need support from bishops' letter

Joe Gunn

March 17, 2014

Eight years ago the Catholic bishops of Canada released a pastoral letter about immigrants and refugees. Their main message, in the words of Archbishop Brendan O'Brien, was that "for Christians, welcoming the stranger is an expression of faith." According to a recent report in The Catholic Register, the CCCB's Commission on Justice and Peace will soon release another statement on this important topic.

Paradox of Lent challenges us to live fully human lives

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March 3, 2014

Many people live and die without seriously reflecting on the most important issues of existence – what is a human person, what are the origins of good and evil, why must I make peace with those I have wronged, what is our ultimate destiny, can I make this world better, is there a God and, if so, how does he relate with humanity?

Youthful resistance can give rise to final harmony

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 3, 2014

Sometimes while presiding at the Eucharist or preaching, I scan the faces in the front pews. What do they reveal? A few are eager, attentive, focused on what's happening. But a goodly number of faces, particularly among the young, speak of boredom, of dram duty and of a resignation that says: I have to be in the church just now, though I wish I was elsewhere.

Love of Confession must be developed early

Maria Kozakiewicz

March 3, 2014
First Sunday of Lent
March 9, 2014

I love Lent. All liturgical periods in the Church are full of wisdom, love and the beauty of God, but Lent, followed by Easter, is the summit of them all. It is the supreme homecoming for us, with the door thrown open to all by the Father. As migrant birds return to safety of familiar lakes and forests, we return to Jesus through the sacrament of Reconciliation. We become whole again.

Alta. Must be proactive on mental health

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March 3, 2014

Alberta's addiction and mental health system is doing a good job of providing resources for those in crisis situations, but is doing poorly in providing counselling, information and screening resources that would help prevent crises from developing. That is a main finding of a report by University of Alberta professor Cam Wild.