Jay's Articles

Sing praises to all fathers – unsung heroes

Fr. Ayodele Ayeni CsSP

June 18, 2012

Growing up a Protestant, in northern Nigeria, was difficult because it was not easy to know exactly what to believe as a Christian – the homilies depended on the pastor's intuition into the scriptural passage they chose.

Is Ontario ending bullying or weakening Catholic Schools?

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June 11, 2012

The Catholic Church's opposition to the bullying of homosexuals is written into the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Homosexuals "must be treated with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided," the Catechism states (n. 2358).

There is always something to diminish our joy

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 11, 2012

A friend of mine jokingly says that when she dies she wants this epitaph on her gravestone: There was always something.

Catacombs bear witness to a young martyr

Maria Kozakiewicz

June 11, 2012
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
June 17, 2012

It is only a few days ago that I stood in a narrow corridor of the catacombs of St. Callixtus at Rome. The air there is damp and cold, ceilings glisten with crystals of condensed moisture, brown tufa stone is stained with age. Dark walls are pierced with surprisingly slim, shadowy cavities which once housed bodies of Christians of the first ages, the ages of bloody persecutions alternating with brief periods of uneasy peace with the surrounding pagan world.

Stand up for the environment, Canadians

Joe Gunn

June 11, 2012

Three years ago, Canada's Catholic bishops asked Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take action on climate change. Then-CCCB president, Archbishop James Weisgerber wrote, "As Catholic pastors and teachers, we have a special concern for how climate change impacts the poor.

Nigerian Catholics display fighting spirit

Fr. Raymond de Souza

June 11, 2012

There is a new archbishop in Lagos, Nigeria's largest city. That might not strike you as big news, but it is. The last time Lagos had a new archbishop was in 1973.

Christ will wipe away your tears in heaven

Mark Pickup

June 11, 2012

The readings of Trinity Sunday should give assurance to all who suffer and long to be with Christ. The First Reading was from Deuteronomy 4. It reminds us of how God has been with humanity from the beginning. God has always been involved in human affairs and desires a relationship with people. He has not forsaken us.

Should we still be friends with a woman I find attractive?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

June 11, 2012

I read an article that when we find attractiveness in others, we should recognize and appreciate their attributes as gifts of God. I find the wife of one of our friend couples attractive in that we share professional occupations, similar backgrounds and dispositions but also physically.

Religious vocations offer yearning hearts communion with God

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June 4, 2012

In his column on Page 19, Father Ayo Ayeni contrasts the conventional thinking and life of our age with the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. The pursuit of wisdom, he says, leads one to communion and to understand love as sacrifice. The sinking into conventionality plants one in a blah existence, one lacking even in moral signposts.

Wilderness, sun, storms, fear foster spirituality

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 4, 2012

A number of years ago, accompanied by an excellent Jesuit director, I did a 30-day retreat using the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. In the third week, there's a meditation on Jesus' agony in the garden. I did the meditation to the best of my ability and met with my director to discuss the result. He wasn't satisfied and asked me to repeat the exercise.