Jay's Articles

Bitter fruits of 'an adventure without return'

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September 8, 2014

As terror rages out of control in Iraq and Syria, one should not forget the First Gulf War, begun in 1991, that was so deeply deplored at the time by Pope St. John Paul II and other Church leaders. The sainted pope pleaded with the leaders of Iraq and the United States to avoid a war stemming from Iraq's invasion of Kuwait the previous summer.

Wisdom needed to avoid ecological disasters

Bob McKeon

September 8, 2014

This summer I decided to take holiday time far away from Edmonton. I went to Ireland with family and friends. While visiting Galway Cathedral, I stopped to browse in the cathedral bookstore. There I purchased an interesting book on Catholic ethical reflections on nuclear power titled Fukushima. It was by an Irish priest, Sean McDonagh, who is a leading Catholic environmental writer. As I sat down, many miles from home to do a quick browse through the book, I came across a section on the Alberta bishops and their June 2009 statement, Pastoral Reflections on Nuclear Energy in Alberta.

Copyright violation is theft

Steve Angrisano

September 8, 2014

When I started my work in church music in 1976 in Busby, it really was the Wild West. We photocopied music and made duo-tang hymnals with words-only versions of copyrighted materials. We didn't ask anyone for permission. I remember telling myself and others that this was for the Church, and so it was OK. Only in recent years I have come to accept the harsh truth: We were stealing. But in those days, that's what everyone did.

Celebrating birth of Mary draws us to the truth of Jesus

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September 8, 2014

The feast of the Nativity of Mary, celebrated Sept. 8, is a minor Marian feast on the liturgical calendar. Even lower on the priority list is the Nov. 21 celebration of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple. There is no biblical mention of either of these events, even less so of the belief that Mary had parents named Joachim and Anne who are recognized as saints with their own feast (June 26).

Legalization of marijuana would be folly

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August 25, 2014

Pope Francis' brief June 20 statement (WCR, July 21) in opposition to the legalization of marijuana is a needed intervention on a topic on which the Church has had little to say. The Church has been outspoken on the international drug trade, but less so on whether it would be appropriate to legalize "recreational drugs."

Aging bodies enable souls to deepen, mellow and mature

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

August 25, 2014

There are few more insightful studies into the spirituality of aging than the late James Hillman's book, The Force of Character. Ironically, Hillman was more critical of Christian spirituality than sympathetic to it; yet his brilliant insights into nature's design and intent offer perspectives on the spirituality of aging that often eclipse what is found in explicitly Christian writings.

Protect us from false words of reassurance

Kathleen Giffin

August 25, 2014
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 31, 2014

This Sunday's Gospel contains Matthew's account of one of Peter's famous stumbles. Jesus had revealed the great events that lay before him, that it was soon time for him to go up to Jerusalem and undergo his suffering, death and resurrection. Peter is scandalized by those words and says to Jesus, "God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you."

Leave a proud legacy by resurrecting your dreams for life

Lasha Morningstar

August 25, 2014

Do you want that to be your legacy? A look of shock and confusion crossed my friend's face. She had just told me of how long she had been at her job. Decades. I asked her how much longer she planned to be there. She said she did not know, that it depended on the machinations of the company.

Suffering can break one's pride, bring consolation and joy

Mark Pickup

August 25, 2014

I keep a copy of The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis beside my Bible on my night table. I read the Bible to begin my days and excerpts of The Imitation of Christ to conclude many of my days. If I were to be exiled to a remote island, they are the two books I would take.

Proclaim the hard truth with courage

Brett Fawcett

August 25, 2014
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 7, 2014

We all know the quote attributed to St. Francis of Assisi: "Preach the Gospel at all times, and, if necessary, use words." What we often forget, or choose not to notice, is that this aphorism explicitly tells us that sometimes it's necessary to use words, and the appropriate time for them is usually when it's most uncomfortable to speak.