Jay's Articles

Much of real ethics depends on context

Gordon Self

September 24, 2012

An ethicist in Catholic health care once said there are "no ethics-free zones." Jack Glaser's comment is relevant as we prepare for the launch of the new Health Ethics Guide, addressing both clinical decisions at the bedside, as well as the organizational issues in matters of governance and administration around the board table.

When Quebec rejects faith and family, it cuts off its roots

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September 17, 2012

The lack of strong reactions from the outside world to the Parti Quebecois victory in the Sept. 4 Quebec election is a sign of how much things have changed. This change may be due to an acceptance of the regular change of governing parties that takes place in provinces with a lively democracy.

Christian discipleship moves through three levels of transformation

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 17, 2012

Nikos Kazantzakis once suggested that there are three kinds of souls and three kinds of prayers:

I am a bow in your hands, Lord, draw me, lest I rot.

Do not overdraw me, Lord, I shall break.

Overdraw me, Lord, and who cares if I break.

The Paschal Mystery witnesses to Jesus' love

Kathleen Giffin

September 17, 2012
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 23, 2012

My first job in the field of social services was working in a treatment home for emotionally disturbed children. It was an emotionally challenging job for me, daily working with the distress the children experienced.

We Believe! The Archdiocese of Edmonton celebrates the gift of faith

September 17, 2012

Faith is the lifeblood of Christians. A wondrous gift of the Holy Spirit, faith is the opening of the heart and mind to God, who has loved us first (cf. 1John 4.19). It is the acceptance, with trust in divine providence and wisdom, of all that God has revealed in his Son Jesus Christ. By faith working through love (cf. Galatians 5.6) we are led to salvation!

Strategize now to put local food on the table

Bob McKeon

September 17, 2012

Like many in the Edmonton region, I find summer to be a special time because I can buy fresh fruits and vegetables at local farmers' markets. Over time I get to know some of the vendors and learn that the food I am buying is grown nearby by local farmers, some even within Edmonton's city limits.

John XXIII: A most unlikely pope had diverse experiences

September 17, 2012

Angelo Giuseppi Roncalli, the pope who convoked the Second Vatican Council, was a pope like no other in the 20th century. He rose to become Pope John XXIII basically under the radar and was formed by a unique set of experiences that helped him understand that the action of the Holy Spirit is not confined to the Catholic Church.

Office of bishop offers tradition, liberating truth

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September 10, 2012

The ordination of a bishop in Edmonton is a great and rare event. It hasn’t happened since 1958 when Bishop Emmett Doyle, chancellor of the Edmonton Archdiocese who served 31 years as bishop of Nelson, B.C., was “consecrated” as the rite was called in those days.

Pots, pans, cups can clutter the path to the love of God

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 10, 2012

Several years ago, I was at church meeting where we were discussing liturgical rubrics. There was heated discussion over a number of issues: Should the congregation should be standing or kneeling during the Eucharistic Prayer? What is the most reverent way to receive Communion? Should laypersons be allowed to cleanse the chalice and cups after Communion?

Christ's heroes bear his cross everywhere

Maria Kozakiewicz

September 10, 2012
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 16, 2012

I rarely watch TV. A few days ago, however, as I waited for an incoming storm and could not work in the darkness and tension, I flicked the remote control and found myself in Rwanda in April 1994.