Jay's Articles

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.

Mary was 'a poor one' who always obeyed God's word


August 26, 2013

Again and again, throughout its history, the Church has turned to Mary, the Mother of God. We turn to Mary because she hears our prayers and takes those entreaties to her son who, as a good Jew, would never violate the fourth commandment. Jesus hears his mother and does what she wishes.

Encyclical offers alternative to atheist attacks on faith

Fr. Robert Barron

August 26, 2013

In "new" atheist and secularist circles today, faith is regularly ridiculed. It is presented as pre-scientific mumbo jumbo, Bronze Age credulity, the surrender of the intellect, unwarranted submission to authority, etc.

September marks time for new beginnings

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

August 26, 2013

It is not unusual at this time of year for people to prepare for new beginnings. While this may be a formulaic feature of New Year's celebrations, the reality is that for many the end of the holidays and the start of the school year marks a fuller restart.

The cross a poignant symbol that marks tragedy and hope

Gordon Self

August 26, 2013

The summer months are nearing an end, and by now many readers will have traveled hundreds or even thousands of kilometres on vacation road trips to beautiful places across the country. In Alberta especially, many scenic highways offer breathtaking views along the way that are as spectacular as the traveler's destination itself.

Indifference to those who suffer lurks behind excuses

Mark Pickup

August 26, 2013

Recently I read about a family that took a stranger into their home. He has no family and is slowly dying with a terminal disease.