Jay's Articles

Why was Hildegard of Bingen made a doctor?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

November 19, 2012

I read recently that Hildegard of Bingen was declared a doctor of the Church.

Who was she and what did she do?

Christians walk hand and hand with the Jews

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November 12, 2012

The fathers of the Second Vatican Council were prescient in their decision to write a document on the Church's relation to non-Christian religions (Nostra Aetate). The trends of mass immigration and the expansion of mass communications were likely not foreseeable 50 years ago, and they have brought Christians in many parts of the Western world into close contact with people of other faiths.

Purgatory is where we see fully for the first time

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 12, 2012

Imagine being born blind and living into adulthood without ever having seen light and colour. Then, through some miraculous operation, doctors are able to give you sight. What would you feel immediately upon opening your eyes? Wonder? Bewilderment? Ecstasy? Pain? Some combination of all of these?

Shine the light of love and heaven awaits

Kathleen Giffin

November 12, 2012
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 18, 2012

As I write this tonight, New York is struggling to begin to recover from what is described as its worst storm in living history, my town had a foot of snow dumped on it, wreaking havoc on all the roads, and an earthquake just shook up British Columbia residents with a warning of how much worse it could have been.

Paschal mystery is lasting memorial of Christ's sacrifice

November 12, 2012

Religion is based on sacrifice. The problem that religion faces is that even the greatest sacrifice offered by a finite person cannot hope to bring one into the presence of the infinite God.

Hurricane Sandy: An act of God or humans?

Joe Gunn

November 12, 2012

Last week at my parish, during the prayers of intercession, we asked God to minimize Hurricane Sandy's damage. We remembered the people of the Caribbean where 66 people were killed, and turned our thoughts towards those expected to bear the brunt of Sandy's continuing anger.

Christ draws close to those who suffer

Mark Pickup

November 12, 2012

My last column in the WCR appeared Sept. 24 just prior to surgery I had for cancer. I want to express gratitude for the many kind words and prayers people extended to me. I am happy to report the surgery went well and I am on the mend.

St. Kateri invited to play role in healing Canada's original sin

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November 5, 2012

Father Raymond de Souza in last week's WCR chose to criticize the exuberance of Phil Fontaine, the former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, who saw the canonization of St. Kateri Tekakwitha as a step towards the reconciliation of Canada's aboriginal peoples with the Catholic Church.

An open letter to you, the one who does not go to church

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 5, 2012

Dear Fellow Pilgrim:

I greet you as someone who is looking for meaning and happiness, as we all are. I know you're sincere or you wouldn't be reading this letter.

A widow's mite buys her a place in heaven

Maria Kozakiewicz

November 5, 2012
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 11, 2012

Whenever I hear or read the story of "the widow's mite," I am amazed. That woman, destitute as she was, did not lose her ability to choose wisely and in a radical way.