Jay's Articles

Love's reality takes us well beyond naivete, romance

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 21, 2012

Several years ago, a Presbyterian minister I know challenged his congregation to open its doors and its heart more fully to the poor. The congregation initially responded with enthusiasm and a number of programs were introduced that invited people from the less-privileged economic areas of the city, including a number of street people, to come their church.

Pentecost's divine love opens locked doors

Kathleen Giffin

May 21, 2012
May 27, 2012

It was the day of Pentecost, though the disciples did not yet know that it would come to be known as that. The doors were locked, for fear of the authorities; the disciples were in turmoil, uncertain of what was to come and unsure of the meaning of what they had experienced in the years that had just passed.

Ecumenical voice cries out for pipeline consultation, ethics

Bob McKeon

May 21, 2012

A surprising story appeared in the news on Good Friday. The Anglican bishops of British Columbia and Yukon chose Good Friday to issue a statement on the Northern Gateway Pipeline (

WePhone not iPhone: a new Pentecost

Fr. Ayodele Ayeni CsSP

May 21, 2012

The idea of Christian universality recommends itself to us after Easter. Next Sunday is Pentecost when human diversity is brought into harmony, when difference is not the synonym of disagreeability.

Church's history gives faith context, lets us go forward

Mary Ward

May 21, 2012

The Church's past confronted me in a very real way the first time I went into a medieval cathedral. Just out of high school, I travelled to Europe and can still vividly recall my first Mass in the gothic cathedral in the town of Freiburg-im-Breisgau on the edge of the Black Forest.

Black's voice gives credibility to prisoners' real needs

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May 14, 2012

While some maintain that convicted felon and former media mogul Conrad Black got a sweetheart deal from the Canadian government in being allowed back into the country, all we can say is, "Welcome home, Conrad."

Babies have a power to transform that even the mighty lack

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 14, 2012

There are different kinds of power and different kinds of authority. There is military power, muscle power, political power, economic power, moral power, charismatic power and psychological power, among other things.

Jesus' Ascension confirms our belief in him.

Maria Kozakiewicz

May 14, 2012
Ascension of the Lord
May 20, 2012

The Ascension, understood in terms of human chronology and human understanding, ends the story of Jesus' life on earth, that life which begins with the joy of Nativity. How far we have travelled from the innocence of the crib, the angels and the shepherds singing together.

Organize, rally, fight for CCODP funding

Joe Gunn

May 14, 2012

Ouch! The federal cuts to the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, the official international development agency of the Catholic Church in our country, really hurt.

Caritas reform has major implications for life of the Church

Fr. Raymond de Souza

May 14, 2012

Much of the recent news from Rome deals with matters that, though important, will have minimal effect on the life of the Church as a whole.