Jay's Articles

The voice of conscience follows God's will

Bishop Fred Henry

May 28, 2012

Thomas, I'll have no opposition," warned Henry VIII in A Man for All Seasons. The scene in Robert Bolt's play takes place in Sir Thomas More's garden. Henry has just learned that More does not support his plans to unmake his marriage.

Christ is with us: Eternal life has begun

Mark Pickup

May 28, 2012

Jesus' prayer in the John chapter 17 is often referred to as the High Priestly Prayer. In verse three we read "Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ."

Secularists challenged to overcome anti-religious bias

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May 21, 2012

Canada's Catholic bishops have made an important contribution to Catholic self-understanding and to public debate with their Pastoral Letter on Freedom of Conscience and Religion, issued May 14.

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.

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