Jay's Articles

Contemplation will give birth to great renewal in the Church

John Connelly

April 29, 2013
Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 5, 2013

Every breath we take is a gift from God. God breathes his life into you and me right now. God sustains us and loves us moment by moment.

Great throng of saints find hope at throne of the lamb

Mark Pickup

April 29, 2013

The Second Reading for Mass on April 21 was from Revelation chapter 7. In John's divine vision, he sees a great multitude of martyrs dressed in white standing before the throne of the Lamb (Christ).

Decisions must stand ethical scrutiny over the long term

Gordon Self

April 29, 2013

I have spent a lot of free evenings and weekends lately on kitchen renovations. It is rewarding to use my hands to create something new.

12 Articles of the Creed: Week TEN

April 29, 2013

Do I Believe in the Forgiveness of Sins?

True global Church requires strong dose of collegiality

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April 22, 2013

The election of Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis has been hailed as a belated acknowledgement that the Roman Catholic Church is a global Church. But is it? Does the fact that the pope now hails from Argentina – and spent virtually his entire life in that country – mean the Church now has a more global outlook than under the papacies of those who came from Germany, Poland or Italy?

Tough faith built in stone jars makes it hard to bless others

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 22, 2013

In his novel, A Month of Sundays, John Updike presents us with a character, a lapsed vicar who, though himself struggling with faith, is extremely critical of his young assistant whose faith and theology he judges to be fluffy and lightweight. He describes his young assistant this way:

Love is essential for life, growth, meaning

Kathleen Giffin

April 22, 2013
Fifth Sunday in Easter
April 28, 2013

I spent the last two days at a workshop, learning from Gordon Neufeld. He is a developmental psychologist who works with the attachment and maturation process in children and adolescents.

Moral sentiments and the breakdown of rational argument

Fr. Robert Barron

April 22, 2013

In his classic text After Virtue, the philosopher Alisdair MacIntyre lamented, not so much the immorality that runs rampant in our contemporary society, but something more fundamental and in the long run more dangerous; namely, that we are no longer even capable of having a real argument about moral matters.

May Ebert find answers in heaven, even if he still prefers questions

Fr. Raymond de Souza

April 22, 2013

He spent a life chronicling show business, so why not a show at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago for the funeral of Roger Ebert?

'Pacem in Terris' was a major shift in Church teaching

Bob McKeon

April 22, 2013

Pope John XXIII started writing Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth)around the time he received the diagnosis of cancer from his doctors. This landmark encyclical can be called his last will and testament.