Jay's Articles

Lenten restraint has consequences

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

March 3, 2014

As a child I never quite understood the meaning of Lent. It was clear in my young mind that it had something to do with brutal sacrifice. How else to explain giving up my beloved sweets for what seemed an immeasurably long period of time. I did try once or twice to convince my parents that giving up vegetables would be infinitely more useful and that it would save my mother needless cooking, but, mysteriously, they never supported my suggestion.

Faith is leaving the known for the unknown

Kathleen Giffin

March 16, 2014
Second Sunday of Lent
March 3, 2014

All of my children, when they were young, enjoyed the game of jumping off a high place so they could be caught by their father. My granddaughter has refined the game a little. She, at two and a half, doesn't jump, she falls. She will stand on the counter while her father lies on the floor nearby and simply fall into that space above him, absolutely certain that he will catch her.

Take heed of Gospel forms of communication

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March 3, 2014

Most of us have done it and we've probably all had it done to us. Someone has something against you and, instead of talking to you directly, they report you to your superior. Today, we would call this dysfunctional communication. One might also call it a form of abuse.

Support for dignity of human work must be more than an icon

Bob McKeon

March 3, 2014

Two weeks ago, Judge Denny Thomas of the Court of Queen's Bench issued an unusual injunction which delayed implementation of Bill 46, the Public Service Salary Restraint Act, which had been hurriedly passed in the Alberta Legislature last December. This was the latest act in an ongoing drama of collective bargaining between the Alberta government and 22,000 provincial employees represented by the Alberta Union of Public Employees (AUPE).

Why do we offer Jesus' sacrifice to the Father?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

March 3, 2014

I have a question about St. Faustina's prayer: "Eternal Father, I offer you the body and blood, soul and divinity of your most beloved Son and Our Lord Jesus Christ in atonement for our sins and the sins of the whole world."

Priests, sisters fill holes in our lives that no one else can

Lasha Morningstar

March 3, 2014

The woman's words were desperate. Her baby was stillborn. She tried to reach her pastor to arrange burial for her infant and for whatever reason could not find him. Struggling with her grief, she called another parish clear across the city.

Catholic reflections on the morality of a good death

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February 17, 2014

The lack of universal awareness that there is no moral obligation to continue medical treatment of those who are brain dead is surely something that must be overcome. (See story on Page 24.) There is no duty to keep a dead person on life support systems in the hope that a miracle may resuscitate that person. Indeed, undue prolongation of care may itself be immoral if it wastes medical resources that could be used to treat other patients.

Appearance of sanctity may turn out to be depression

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 17, 2014

External appearances can easily fool us, and often do. That's true in every area of human life, and religion is no exception. Some years ago, I lived in a seminary for nearly two years with a young seminarian who, by all outward appearances, appeared to be the ideal candidate for priesthood and ministry. Intelligent, conscientious, prayerful, strongly committed to his studies and with a deep concern for the poor, he seemed above the more mundane and secular concerns of his peers.

We are living temples of the Holy Spirit

John Connelly

February 17, 2014
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 23, 2014

St. Paul poses a great question in this Sunday's reading from 1 Corinthians: "Brothers and sisters: Do you not realize that you are the temple of God, and that God's Spirit dwells in you?"

Fr. Jack Spicer: A local visionary

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February 17, 2014

Redemptorist Father Jack Spicer, who died Jan. 31 at age 94, was one of the great visionaries of the Edmonton Archdiocese. There likely were few who believed more in the transformational power of the Holy Scriptures. Nor were there many as dedicated as Spicer to small Christian communities as the most effective vehicle for helping today’s Catholic laity to live their faith.