Jay's Articles

Support for dignity of human work must be more than an icon

Bob McKeon

March 3, 2014

Two weeks ago, Judge Denny Thomas of the Court of Queen's Bench issued an unusual injunction which delayed implementation of Bill 46, the Public Service Salary Restraint Act, which had been hurriedly passed in the Alberta Legislature last December. This was the latest act in an ongoing drama of collective bargaining between the Alberta government and 22,000 provincial employees represented by the Alberta Union of Public Employees (AUPE).

Why do we offer Jesus' sacrifice to the Father?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

March 3, 2014

I have a question about St. Faustina's prayer: "Eternal Father, I offer you the body and blood, soul and divinity of your most beloved Son and Our Lord Jesus Christ in atonement for our sins and the sins of the whole world."

Priests, sisters fill holes in our lives that no one else can

Lasha Morningstar

March 3, 2014

The woman's words were desperate. Her baby was stillborn. She tried to reach her pastor to arrange burial for her infant and for whatever reason could not find him. Struggling with her grief, she called another parish clear across the city.

Catholic reflections on the morality of a good death

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February 17, 2014

The lack of universal awareness that there is no moral obligation to continue medical treatment of those who are brain dead is surely something that must be overcome. (See story on Page 24.) There is no duty to keep a dead person on life support systems in the hope that a miracle may resuscitate that person. Indeed, undue prolongation of care may itself be immoral if it wastes medical resources that could be used to treat other patients.

Appearance of sanctity may turn out to be depression

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 17, 2014

External appearances can easily fool us, and often do. That's true in every area of human life, and religion is no exception. Some years ago, I lived in a seminary for nearly two years with a young seminarian who, by all outward appearances, appeared to be the ideal candidate for priesthood and ministry. Intelligent, conscientious, prayerful, strongly committed to his studies and with a deep concern for the poor, he seemed above the more mundane and secular concerns of his peers.

We are living temples of the Holy Spirit

John Connelly

February 17, 2014
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 23, 2014

St. Paul poses a great question in this Sunday's reading from 1 Corinthians: "Brothers and sisters: Do you not realize that you are the temple of God, and that God's Spirit dwells in you?"

Fr. Jack Spicer: A local visionary

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February 17, 2014

Redemptorist Father Jack Spicer, who died Jan. 31 at age 94, was one of the great visionaries of the Edmonton Archdiocese. There likely were few who believed more in the transformational power of the Holy Scriptures. Nor were there many as dedicated as Spicer to small Christian communities as the most effective vehicle for helping today’s Catholic laity to live their faith.

Add Christ, Church to provide recipe for a happy marriage

Bishop Fred Henry

February 17, 2014

As a bishop, I subscribe to and read several different publications in a futile attempt to keep up. I never seem to get ahead of the game. Half-jokingly, I tell people that I have a large filing cabinet at home on which are two piles of periodicals and unread books. One pile is comprised of those that I want to read; the other, a much larger pile, that other people think that I ought to read. I usually opt for a selection from the smaller pile.

The greatest is love . . . and faith . . . and hope

Ralph Himsl

February 17, 2014
Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time
March 2, 2014

In 1 Corinthians 13.13, that doughty person St. Paul makes the proposition that has consoled people through centuries, "But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love."

UN body takes shots at Church records on abuse

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February 17, 2014

The Catholic Church has taken much deserved criticism over the past 20 years for its record on clergy sexual abuse. For years, the Church did not do enough to prevent abuse, and for years more it treated the victims of abuse shoddily and failed to deal adequately with those who perpetrated abuse and covered it up.