Jay's Articles

Celibacy's dance can be dangerous or wonderfully fruitful

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 20, 2013

Recently an op-ed piece appeared in the New York Times by Frank Bruni, entitled, "The Wages of Celibacy." The column, while provocative, is fair. Mostly he asks a lot of hard, necessary questions.

Add love as essential to our human lives

Kathleen Giffin

May 20, 2013
Trinity Sunday
May 26, 2013

The traditional statement of "food, water and shelter" as the three essentials to human life probably needs a revision. I would say that there are four essentials to human life: food, water, shelter and love.

Why is the feast of Pentecost neglected?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

May 20, 2013

Pentecost seems to be a forgotten feast. Christmas and Easter are mega-feasts but Pentecost comes and goes, hardly being noticed.

Welcome housing for the homeless in your backyard

Bob McKeon

May 20, 2013

Last month I attended a special event at the Bissell Centre in the heart of Edmonton's inner city. This event was the occasion for the public release of the Year 4 Update report on progress in Edmonton's 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness.

Pentecost shows Spirit as the first agent of New Evangelization

WCR Logo

May 13, 2013

It is fitting that the conclusion of our five-year archdiocesan Nothing More Beautiful program falls close to Pentecost. For the New Evangelization to flow from Nothing More Beautiful, it must be the work of the Holy Spirit.

God wants a robust relationship that lacks fear, is playful

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 13, 2013

Some years ago, a woman shared this story at a workshop. She had a six-year-old son whom she had conscientiously schooled in prayer. Among other things, she made him kneel beside his bed every night and say aloud a number of prayers, ending with an invocation to "bless mummy, daddy, grandma and grandpa."

Pentecost's Holy Spirit breathes life into our dry bones

Maria Kozakiewicz

May 13, 2013
May 19, 2013

We know him from religious art – he is always shown as a dove. We know him from the catechism and from the New Testament story of his descent upon the disciples. He came upon them as fire that did not burn, as wind that did not destroy.

Open your mind and doors to the disabled

May 13, 2013

I'm often asked about how we can make our society more inclusive and accessible for the disabled. There are obvious physical barriers for those who have physical disabilities. Those normally take some engineering or construction thought.

Abortionist trial reveals horrific slaughter of babies

Mark Pickup

May 13, 2013

A murder trial is playing out in Pennsylvania. In 2011, Philadelphia late-term abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell was charged with the murder of seven infants born alive after botched abortions. (Three of those charges were later dropped for lack of evidence.) Gosnell was also charged with the murder of Karnamaya Mongar, 41, who died of a medication overdose during an abortion at his clinic.

Sisters of Service served the West's most abandoned

Joe Gunn

May 13, 2013

My first full-time job started in the mid-1970s at the Archdiocese of Regina, setting up a social action office in Archbishop Charlie Halpin's offices on 13th Avenue. Here I met, for the first time, the Sisters of Service, who had their offices on nearby Cameron Street.