Jay's Articles

May non-Catholics go to Confession?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

September 9, 2013

Some non-Catholic parents of our Confirmation preparation class who attended the lessons were touched by the grace and healing of the sacrament. I suspect they too want to experience the peace of forgiveness in their hearts. I would love to hear your response to their question: Can a non-Catholic go to Confession?

Quebec continues its long march to complete secularism

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September 2, 2013

The Quebec government, should it proceed with enshrining the secular character of the province into law with its Charter of Quebec Values, will be undermining the very nature of the society it wants to protect. Justice, peace, human rights and the rule of law all have their foundation in humanity's faithfulness to God and his divine will.

Jesus' fire provides no rationale for hate-filled division

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 2, 2013

I have come to set the earth on fire and how I wish it were already blazing. . . . Do you think that I have come to establish peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three.

Jesus says carry your cross and follow him

Ralph Himsl

September 2, 2013
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 8, 2013

Some few years ago I attended a Sunday Mass in Montreal, one which had the same Gospel as in today's celebration. After Mass I spoke to the priest on the challenge this Gospel offered. He admitted that he found it a difficult passage, but he said, "I think I got it."

Marian feasts testify to her importance in salvation history

September 2, 2013

Two of the more unusual feasts on the liturgical calendar are the Nativity of Mary (Sept. 8) and the Presentation of Mary in the Temple (Nov. 21). There is no scriptural description of either Mary's birth or her presentation.

Majestic mountain named after a strong Christian witness

Mark Pickup

September 2, 2013

If you go into Jasper National Park, you may see the beautiful and majestic Mount Edith Cavell. The mountain's namesake was the daughter of an Anglican vicar. Edith Cavell (1865-1915) was a British nurse and patriot during the First World War.

'Inconvenient truths' point to a life beyond the grave

Lasha Morningstar

September 2, 2013

Tim was only six. But he had a mighty serious heart problem. It was at a time when the surgery Tim needed was not done in Alberta.

Pope expounds mercy, not the whitewashing of sins

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August 26, 2013

Was Pope Francis washing away sin without repentance when he made his now-famous “Who am I to judge?” comment on the flight to Rome from Brazil after World Youth Day? Surely not. This is a pope who frequently speaks like an Old Testament prophet calling all, especially those in the Church, to repentance. If he did not believe in an objective moral order, which fallible human beings frequently violate with our actions, he would not be a faithful Christian, let alone the pope.

God’s generosity should not stir us to be jealous

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

August 26, 2013

In a masterful book on grace, Piet Fransen suggests that we can test how well we understand grace by gauging our reaction to this story:

Faith wraps us in Jesus’ love, gives us security, strength

John Connelly


August 26, 2013
22th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 1, 2013

Let me ask a simple question. Where is Jesus in our life right now? Let us really think about this. Just slow down. Push the life pause button. Pray.