Jay's Articles

Walking the single path in life brings joy and sadness

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 11, 2013

The universe works in pairs. From atoms to the human species, generativity is predicated on union with another. Happiness, it would seem, is also predicated on that. So where does that leave singles and celibates? How can they be normal, generative and happy?

Avoid focusing on end times prophecy

Kathleen Giffin

November 11, 2013
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 17, 2013

I heard a story from a man who had been on a mission trip to an isolated tribe that had never before been evangelized. Their preaching had been so "successful" that they found themselves with a problem: the people lost their motivation to live their daily lives. Instead, they sat around and waited for Jesus to return.

Canada, avoid being part of 'globalization of indifference'

Joe Gunn

November 11, 2013

In the jam-packed cathedral of the Diocese of Hamilton, Ont., last month, I heard John Allen Jr., senior reporter at the Vatican for the U.S.-based National Catholic Reporter, refer to Jorge Mario Bergoglio as "the pope of mercy." Nowhere is this more evident than in the attention Pope Francis has given to the world's refugees.

New atheists have the wrong idea about who God is

Fr. Robert Barron

November 11, 2013

The signal contribution of David Bentley Hart's book, The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, and Bliss, is to clarify that serious theists and atheists, though they debate frequently concerning the reality of God, are hardly ever using the word "God" in the same way.

Do we really believe saints pray for us?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

November 11, 2013

Catholics keep asking so many saints to pray for us. We rely for help on their constant intercession. Do we really believe the saints are constantly praying for us? Isn't there something more exciting to do in heaven than this constant chatter of the saints? Not even Jesus prayed constantly.

Educational emergency is a call for Christian discipleship

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November 4, 2013

Throughout his pontificate, Pope Benedict XVI sought to draw attention to what he called an "educational emergency" – a reduction of education from the formation of the human person in light of his or her transcendent vocation to the mere passing on of skills that make the modern economy hum.

Weeping is healthy, whining is not

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 4, 2013

Karl Rogers once suggested that what's most private within us is also most universal. His belief was that many of the private feelings that we would be ashamed to admit in public are, ironically, the very feelings which, if expressed, would resonate most deeply inside the experience of others.

Jesus offers a heaven of never-ending love

Maria Kozakiewicz

November 4, 2013
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 10, 2013

Cold wind is stripping trees of their gold and green clothing, and my small garden looks more sad and bare with each day passing. Naked branches no longer hide the flock of sparrows at the feeder. Sometimes at night I can hear the distant farewell cry of Canada geese flying south.

Don't strip us of our special holidays

Lasha Morningstar

November 4

Halloween is hitting the headlines this year. Now for some, it is because of religious reasons. Halloween has always been hexed right off their calendar.

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.