Jay's Articles

Catholic universities strive to unite faith and reason

September 30, 2013

As the 21 members of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Canada (ACCUC) commence a new academic year, it is appropriate to ponder and draw inspiration from the distinguished scholarship of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman and Blessed Pope John Paul II.

Angels a testament to porous line between material, spiritual

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September 23, 2013

Our relationship with angels is one of the clearest signs of the mentality with which we live. At one time, everyone saw the world as shot through with mystery. The line between the material and the spiritual was porous and few questioned that God, the saints and angels frequently affected our lives and our world.

Painful loss of roots helps us appreciate unchanging truths

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 23, 2013

Home is where we start from." T.S. Eliot wrote that and it describes an experience that can be felt both as a freedom and as a heartache. I cite my own case:

Put the cross front and centre in your life

John Connelly

September 23, 2013
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 6, 2013

There is a longing in us all to know the reason for our existence. This longing drives us human beings to search far and wide. We search for answers, for meaning, for purpose. Yet we often get the answer wrong.

Why did Jesus descend into hell?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

September 23, 2013

In the Apostles Creed, why do we say that Jesus descended into hell? Why would he go to hell?

Candidates needed for difficult, but noble art of politics

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September 16, 2013

Capable Catholics should not be reticent about becoming candidates in the civic elections held across Alberta Oct. 21. Serving in public office is one way lay Catholics can help to renew the "temporal order," the life and breath of society.

Atheism reveals religion's blind spots, hypocrisy

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 16, 2013

In his monumental study of atheism, Michael Buckley suggests that atheism is invariably a parasite that feeds off bad religion. It feeds off bad religion, picks on bad religion and picks apart bad religion.

Stealing from the poor bars you from heaven

Kathleen Giffin

September 16, 2013
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 22, 2013

I've been piecing together a bit of family history in the last while. It has to do with some farmland belonging to my grandparents that was, we were told as children, "lost to taxes." This was not an uncommon circumstance for young people in Saskatchewan early on in the Depression, but it seems that wasn't the whole story.

Kill yourself, donate the organs: Get real!

Mark Pickup

September 16, 2013

I came across a headline that posed a bold idea: "Killing MS Patients via Assisted Suicide to Harvest their Organs?" As a theoretical question for provocative bioethicists to ponder or advocate, it may be interesting, but I live in the real world far from academia. The real world is being asked to answer that very question, by a woman with advanced MS.

Rising tide of child-free couples 'do what we want'

Fr. Robert Barron

September 16, 2013

Time Magazine's recent cover story "The Childfree Life" has generated a good deal of controversy and commentary. The photo that graces the cover of the edition pretty much sums up the argument: a young, fit couple lounge languidly on a beach and gaze up at the camera with blissful smiles - and no child anywhere in sight.