Jay's Articles

The call to pilgrimage ferments in our souls

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

February 11, 2013

Emilio Estevez's beautiful film The Way tells the story of a grieving father who completes his dead son's unfinished pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago, in Spain. The journey, of course, reawakens the man's faith and revitalizes his weary soul.

The Church's gift of beauty enhances our dreary common life

Fr. Raymond de Souza

February 11, 2013

One of my favourite insights from Joseph Ratzinger's long life in theology is that the Church does not convincingly propose the faith by the work of theology alone. Before his election as pope he wrote that the in the end the Church only has two compelling "arguments" for her faith being true.

Place the needs of the poor ahead of the claims of the wealthy

Joe Gunn

February 11, 2013

Do you celebrate birthdays? Catholic teaching certainly holds anniversaries in high regard. After 1891's Rerum Novarum, important encyclicals like Quadragesimo Anno, Octogesima Adveniens and Centesimus Annus recognized and deepened the social thought that preceded them. As well, witness the many articles written in this paper to comment on the 50th anniversary of Vatican II.

When friends go away, God opens his arms

Mark Pickup

February 11, 2013

In previous columns, I have referred to the loneliness of disability. I suppose many readers would think loneliness is not unique to people with severe disabilities, and they are right.

Education Act affirms Catholic schools' importance

Cindy Olsen

February 11, 2013

EDMONTON – On Nov. 19, the Education Act was passed in the Alberta legislature. The new act shows that Catholic education remains an important priority in Alberta.

Christianity must weave its fibre through all of life

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February 4, 2013

One characteristic of the modern world is the propensity to separate. We separate work from home, both of those from recreation, and the economy from the environment. More than anything, we separate faith from life. Faith, we are frequently told, can only be acceptable if kept in a private realm that touches nothing else.

Old age designed to mature the soul

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 4, 2013

What can God and nature have had in mind when they designed the aging process? Why is it that just when our mental prowess, our human maturity, and our emotional freedom are at their peak, the body begins to fall apart?

Bill and Isaiah were touched by angels

Ralph Himsl

February 4, 2013
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 10, 2013

The first of our readings for this Sunday's Mass consists of Isaiah's heady account of a visionary meeting with the Lord sitting in majesty, sumptuously arrayed, attended by seraphs, six winged – a rich experience. I like it a lot.

Canada builds on the hope of Haitians

Bishop Fred Henry

February 4, 2013

The Year of Faith, declared by Pope Benedict is a "summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Saviour of the world" (Porta Fidei 6).

Give me faith, hope and love that have teeth

Fr. Robert Barron

February 4, 2013

St. Paul famously tells the Corinthians that there are "three things that last: faith, hope, and love." At this Pauline prompt, the Christian tradition has identified these three as the "theological" virtues, meaning those features that come as a unique gift from God and that serve as the structuring elements of a properly spiritual life.