Jay's Articles

Sacred space lets emptiness live

May 7, 2012

Here in Chartres Cathedral we have an echo of what can be heard in the silence of nature – the distant flap of wings of geese, the thumping of prairie grouse, the sway of grass in the wind – all tiny whispers and angel wings announcing divine presence.

Energy projects deserve both scientific and moral scrutiny

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April 30, 2012

Many people, especially those in the oil industry, will not lament the federal government's intention to restrict public input in the approval process for major energy projects to those directly affected. The approval process is cumbersome, they may say, in large part because of the role played by environmental groups with no direct interest in such projects.

Living in the light demands transparency – no dark secrets

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 30, 2012

Several years ago, I was approached by man who asked me to be his spiritual director. He was in his mid-40s and almost everything about him radiated a certain health.

Yield, trust in Jesus, let him live in us

John Connelly


April 30, 2012
Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 6, 2012

In today's Gospel, Jesus teaches us how to live as authentic Christians. He says . . . "Abide in me as I abide in you." (John 15.5). The word "abide" has interesting connotations.

Patriarch of health care shared wisdom

Gordon Self

April 30, 2012

Last month, at age 85, we lost one of the most influential people in Catholic health care. Father Kevin O'Rourke was described as a "patriarch," whose contributions supporting clinicians and theologians alike to think clearly about the health care ethics issues of our times was incomparable.

Bullying reveals a failure to turn boys into adults

Fr. Robert Barron

April 30, 2012

It is difficult indeed to watch the new documentary Bully without experiencing both an intense sadness and a feeling of helplessness. The film opens with the heartbreaking ruminations of a father whose son committed suicide after being brutally bullied by his classmates.

Christ hears the purity of a child's Prayer

Mark Pickup

April 30, 2012

I entered my room to discover my five-year-old grandson looking up at a large crucifix on the wall above my bed. He turned and asked if that really happened. "Yes it did," I replied.

Politics is one place to determine society's common good

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April 23, 2012

When Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger gave his famous "dictatorship of relativism" homily shortly before being elected pope in 2005, thoughts of Alberta politics were likely far from his mind. However, we need to ponder our society's dominant myth of relativism every time we draw near a ballot box.

Ten major struggles for faith, Church in our time

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 23, 2012

Sometimes the simple act of naming something can be immensely helpful. Before we can put a name on something we stand more helpless before its effects, not really knowing what's happening to us.

Shepherds give their lives for their sheep

Kathleen Giffin

April 23, 2012
Fourth Sunday of Easter
April 29, 2012

Early in my adult journey of faith I had the blessing of living at Christhaven, the diocesan House of Prayer in Montana. Father Joe Oblinger, the priest who was in charge of the prayer community and retreat house, was a wise and prayerful man, committed to his faith.

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