Jay's Articles

Why did Jesus descend into hell?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

September 23, 2013

In the Apostles Creed, why do we say that Jesus descended into hell? Why would he go to hell?

Candidates needed for difficult, but noble art of politics

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September 16, 2013

Capable Catholics should not be reticent about becoming candidates in the civic elections held across Alberta Oct. 21. Serving in public office is one way lay Catholics can help to renew the "temporal order," the life and breath of society.

Atheism reveals religion's blind spots, hypocrisy

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 16, 2013

In his monumental study of atheism, Michael Buckley suggests that atheism is invariably a parasite that feeds off bad religion. It feeds off bad religion, picks on bad religion and picks apart bad religion.

Stealing from the poor bars you from heaven

Kathleen Giffin

September 16, 2013
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 22, 2013

I've been piecing together a bit of family history in the last while. It has to do with some farmland belonging to my grandparents that was, we were told as children, "lost to taxes." This was not an uncommon circumstance for young people in Saskatchewan early on in the Depression, but it seems that wasn't the whole story.

Kill yourself, donate the organs: Get real!

Mark Pickup

September 16, 2013

I came across a headline that posed a bold idea: "Killing MS Patients via Assisted Suicide to Harvest their Organs?" As a theoretical question for provocative bioethicists to ponder or advocate, it may be interesting, but I live in the real world far from academia. The real world is being asked to answer that very question, by a woman with advanced MS.

Rising tide of child-free couples 'do what we want'

Fr. Robert Barron

September 16, 2013

Time Magazine's recent cover story "The Childfree Life" has generated a good deal of controversy and commentary. The photo that graces the cover of the edition pretty much sums up the argument: a young, fit couple lounge languidly on a beach and gaze up at the camera with blissful smiles - and no child anywhere in sight.

Be a bridge between city's rich and poor

Bob McKeon

September 16, 2013

Last month I attended an afternoon meeting at the Marian Centre in inner city Edmonton. At the end of the meeting, I was invited to join with the Marian Centre staff for the 5:15 pm Mass at St. Benedict's Chapel at Edmonton's City Centre Mall.

Labour Day lament for the loss of creative workplaces

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September 9, 2013

The origins of Labour Day in Canada can be traced to an 1872 strike in Toronto in which striking typographers sought a 58-hour work week. The issues facing workers have altered drastically since then. It's not that exploitation has disappeared; it hasn't. However, urban economies have changed from industrial ones to those based on the knowledge and service industries.

Christianity means being sent, not being cocooned

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 9, 2013

The famed and feisty psychologist, Fritz Pearls, was once asked by a well-meaning Christian if he was saved. He responded by saying, "I am still trying to figure out how to be spent." His retort echoes a line from Teresa of Avila who states that once we reach the highest mansion of maturity we are left with only one question: How can I be helpful?

Our grave duty to save the lost sheep

Maria Kozakiewicz

September 9, 2013
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 15, 2013

The parable of a lost sheep shows vividly how God's logic is different from ours. Who would leave a large flock of healthy animals, on which one's annual income or ruin depend, to look for a stray sheep that may be already lost?