Jay's Articles

Women religious opened school doors to girl students

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July 22, 2013

One must stand in awe at the courageous witness of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot in the head by two Taliban men in October 2011 as she rode the bus home from school. Malala had the audacity to write a diary about her educational experiences and, more to the point, publish that diary on the BBC's Urdu network.

God is so beyond our comprehension, faith may seem impossible

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 22, 2013

God is ineffable. This is a truth that's universally accepted as dogma among all Christians and within all the great religions of the world. What does it mean?

Knock on God's door; give him your prayers

Kathleen Giffin

July 22, 2013
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 28, 2013

This Sunday's Gospel tells of Jesus teaching the disciples how to pray, how to ask the Father for what we need, trusting his goodness. He says, "Ask and it will be given you; search and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you."

Steady stream of tragedies makes us wonder why time is out of joint

Lasha Morningstar

July 22, 2013

Too much. It's just too much. Tragedy knocks on our door morning, noon and night. Floods. Massive train derailments incinerating people, homes, lives.

Can Christians be saved without the Church?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

July 22, 2013

Because of the scandals in various churches, especially in authority, many Christians, Catholic and Protestant, believe they can approach God in a private manner without the Church. I believe this is not a healthy attitude as the Church is the body of Christ.

Can these people obtain salvation if they are serious in their relationship with God?

Flood of compassion washes over Calgary

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

July 22, 2013

The June floods of 2013 in southern Alberta were traumatic by any indicator. Significant destruction of property, devastated infrastructure and thousands of displaced people - though mercifully few lives lost.

Rose Prince Pilgrimage – a spiritual transformation

Bob McKeon

July 22, 2013

Last week I participated in the Rose Prince Pilgrimage at Lejac on Highway 16 in northern B.C. I was at the pilgrimage because I am a member of the organizing committee for the Directions in Aboriginal Ministry Program, a program initiated and supported by the Western Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Papal encyclical calls the faithful to new form of heroism

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July 15, 2013

With its focus on increased economic production and utilitarian thinking, the modern age has shuffled virtues such as heroism and courage into the back seat. The heroism we do honour tends to be more of the ephemeral variety - "Man rescues baby from burning house" - than a fixed feature of one's character.

Addiction to comfort hinders fulfilling our vocations

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 15, 2013

Fifty years ago, Kay Cronin, wrote a book entitled, Cross in the Wilderness, chronicling how, in 1847, a small band of Oblate missionaries came from France to the American Pacific Northwest and, after some bitter setbacks in Washington State and Oregon, moved up the coast into Canada and helped found the Roman Catholic Church in Vancouver and in significant parts of British Columbia's mainland.

Prayer represents 'the better part'

Maria Kozakiewicz

July 15, 2013
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 21, 2013

When my prayer life comes to a standstill and dryness overcomes my soul, I turn to an old prayerbook I brought to Canada over 20 years ago. The book is old and small, leather-bound with yellowed, thin pages, some of them falling out, others already missing and several sticking together so much that I have to separate them with pincers.