Jay's Articles

Legalization of marijuana would be folly

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August 25, 2014

Pope Francis' brief June 20 statement (WCR, July 21) in opposition to the legalization of marijuana is a needed intervention on a topic on which the Church has had little to say. The Church has been outspoken on the international drug trade, but less so on whether it would be appropriate to legalize "recreational drugs."

Aging bodies enable souls to deepen, mellow and mature

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

August 25, 2014

There are few more insightful studies into the spirituality of aging than the late James Hillman's book, The Force of Character. Ironically, Hillman was more critical of Christian spirituality than sympathetic to it; yet his brilliant insights into nature's design and intent offer perspectives on the spirituality of aging that often eclipse what is found in explicitly Christian writings.

Protect us from false words of reassurance

Kathleen Giffin

August 25, 2014
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 31, 2014

This Sunday's Gospel contains Matthew's account of one of Peter's famous stumbles. Jesus had revealed the great events that lay before him, that it was soon time for him to go up to Jerusalem and undergo his suffering, death and resurrection. Peter is scandalized by those words and says to Jesus, "God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you."

Leave a proud legacy by resurrecting your dreams for life

Lasha Morningstar

August 25, 2014

Do you want that to be your legacy? A look of shock and confusion crossed my friend's face. She had just told me of how long she had been at her job. Decades. I asked her how much longer she planned to be there. She said she did not know, that it depended on the machinations of the company.

Suffering can break one's pride, bring consolation and joy

Mark Pickup

August 25, 2014

I keep a copy of The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis beside my Bible on my night table. I read the Bible to begin my days and excerpts of The Imitation of Christ to conclude many of my days. If I were to be exiled to a remote island, they are the two books I would take.

Proclaim the hard truth with courage

Brett Fawcett

August 25, 2014
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 7, 2014

We all know the quote attributed to St. Francis of Assisi: "Preach the Gospel at all times, and, if necessary, use words." What we often forget, or choose not to notice, is that this aphorism explicitly tells us that sometimes it's necessary to use words, and the appropriate time for them is usually when it's most uncomfortable to speak.

A gift of plagues for our supporters and a cross-eyed bear for Jesus

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

August 25, 2014

Of all the columns I have written over the years, a few seem to have had special resonance, though perhaps none more so that my column about typographical errors.Readers may remember that I began by admitting my own most embarrassing moment when I wrote to my then faculty with the salutation, "Good morning Dead Colleagues," instead of "Dear Colleagues.".

Can devotions help us be aware of God?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

August 25, 2014

"Keep in touch" are words we often hear friends say to one another. Don't we need to keep in touch with God? Wouldn't it be good to recover some of our old devotions which enabled us to be aware of God in our busy lives?

Science, religion can walk hand and hand

Austin Mardon

August 25, 2014

Young scholars are often told they must choose a path between science and religion. In centuries past, when learning in the Western world was isolated in religious institutions, this would have been unnecessary. Many ground-breaking scientists were either also religious leaders or deeply religious themselves.

Summit a chance to push leaders to fight climate change

Joe Gunn

August 25, 2014

In September, Christians can help change the climate in Canadian environmental policy - as well as the climate in our faith communities. In response to the global climate crisis, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has invited heads of state along with business, finance, and civil society leaders to a climate summit Sept. 23 in New York.