Jay's Articles

Do we really believe saints pray for us?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

November 11, 2013

Catholics keep asking so many saints to pray for us. We rely for help on their constant intercession. Do we really believe the saints are constantly praying for us? Isn't there something more exciting to do in heaven than this constant chatter of the saints? Not even Jesus prayed constantly.

Educational emergency is a call for Christian discipleship

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November 4, 2013

Throughout his pontificate, Pope Benedict XVI sought to draw attention to what he called an "educational emergency" – a reduction of education from the formation of the human person in light of his or her transcendent vocation to the mere passing on of skills that make the modern economy hum.

Weeping is healthy, whining is not

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 4, 2013

Karl Rogers once suggested that what's most private within us is also most universal. His belief was that many of the private feelings that we would be ashamed to admit in public are, ironically, the very feelings which, if expressed, would resonate most deeply inside the experience of others.

Jesus offers a heaven of never-ending love

Maria Kozakiewicz

November 4, 2013
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 10, 2013

Cold wind is stripping trees of their gold and green clothing, and my small garden looks more sad and bare with each day passing. Naked branches no longer hide the flock of sparrows at the feeder. Sometimes at night I can hear the distant farewell cry of Canada geese flying south.

Don't strip us of our special holidays

Lasha Morningstar

November 4

Halloween is hitting the headlines this year. Now for some, it is because of religious reasons. Halloween has always been hexed right off their calendar.

Philanthropy is like a pebble dropped into a pool of kindness

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

November 4, 2013

I read a funny story recently about a teenager who brought her new boyfriend home to meet her parents. They were appalled when they saw him: he was covered in tattoos, piercings, and more leather than a herd of cattle.

Evangelization begins in your community and home

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October 28, 2013

Pope Francis raised eyebrows when he recently labelled proselytism as "solemn foolishness." One might ask whether this means the Church is abandoning its mission of proclaiming the Gospel and opting for a philosophy of "live and let live"?

Theology and catechesis follow different paths

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 28, 2013

There has always been an innate and healthy tension between theology and catechesis, between what's happening in theology departments in universities and the church pew. Theologians and bishops are often not each other's favourite people. And that's understandable. Why?

Tax collector confessed and Jesus forgave

Ralph Himsl

October 28, 2013
Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 3, 2013

Mornin' Zacchaeus. Have you a minute? I'd like to talk to you about yesterday in front of your house."

Christian love gives the dying souls peace

Mark Pickup

October 28, 2013

My wife LaRee and I were asked to address a conference about critical life issues sponsored by the Diocese of Metuchen, N.J. They wanted us to speak about a Christian perspective on suffering, disability and end-of-life care. It is a timely topic because New Jersey is considering a law to allow assisted suicide.