Jay's Articles

Christ reveals his body and the image of God to our senses

Mark Pickup

February 3, 2014

At the conclusion of his brilliant essay, The Weight of Glory, C.S. Lewis wrote, "Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbour is the holiest object presented to your senses."

Red-faced editor provides first-week's main glitch

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February 3, 2014

We knew there would be glitches of one sort or another when the WCR upgraded its circulation software from a basic Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to a dedicated program with lots of bells and whistles. I just didn't realize that the editor himself would be the main glitch.

Roll up your sleeve and maybe save someone's life

Gordon Self

February 3, 2014

The new Health Ethics Guide devotes an entire chapter to the "social nature of care." This theme has particular meaning as we approach the 22nd annual World Day of the Sick on Feb. 11.

Bouchard took 'Catholic view' of oilsands

Bob McKeon

February 3, 2014

Five years ago this month, Bishop Luc Bouchard of St. Paul, Alberta, issued his high profile pastoral statement, The Integrity of Creation and the Athabasca Oil Sands. Four months later, Bishop Murray Chatlain of Mackenzie-Fort Smith, downstream from the Alberta oilsands, issued a pastoral letter in support of the stance taken by Bouchard.

Prostitution flourishes when human body is degraded

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January 20, 2014

Parliament should put a top priority on replacing the anti-prostitution laws that the Supreme Court last month ruled violate the Charter of Rights. The court ruled that current laws barring communication for the purpose of prostitution, living on the avails of prostitution and keeping a common bawdy house represent, in various ways, threats to the safety of prostitutes.

Ten books that met my taste last year

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 20, 2014

De gustibus non est disputandum. That's a famous line from St. Augustine wherein he suggests that taste is subjective and that what one person fancies might not be to another person's liking. Under that canopy I would like to recommend the following books to you.

Earthly attachments keep us from soaring

John Connelly

January 20, 2014
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 26, 2014

In this week's Gospel, Jesus calls to each of us and says, "Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

Bouchard's letter will not be forgotten

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January 20, 2014

Five years ago, on Jan. 25, 2009, St. Paul Bishop Luc Bouchard issued perhaps the most controversial pastoral letter in the history of the Catholic Church in Alberta. Bouchard criticized the rapid development of the Athabasca oilsands in his diocese as sacrificing the integrity of God's creation for the sake of economic gain.

Soup kitchen lines testify to harsh effects of winter cold

Lasha Morningstar

January 20, 2014

She pushes the curtains open with her black nose and stares out onto the snow-covered garden. Golden eyes dart as house sparrows, juncos, maybe a shy brown creeper flit amongst the feeders and bark buttered branches.

Scene in the Temple stirs amazement

Ralph Himsl

January 20, 2014
Feast of the Presentation
February 2, 2014

Today's Gospel reading narrates the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple and the prophetic words of Simeon and Anna with respect to the child before them.