Jay's Articles

Set your spiritual alarm clock and embrace life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 16, 2013

In his autobiography, Report to Greco, Nikos Kazantzakis recounts a conversation he once had with an old monk. Kazantzakis, a young man at the time, was visiting a monastery and was very taken by a famed ascetic, Father Makarios, who lived there. But a series of visits with the old monk left him with some ambivalent feelings as well.

Advent – a time of waiting for the Divine Physician

John Connelly

December 16, 2013
Fourth Sunday in Advent
December 22, 2013

The last few days I have not been feeling well. Some sort of winter flu in my chest, causing the usual aches and pains. I am always amazed how our perspective changes when we are not well. We become lethargic, withdrawn and generally miserable with the thoughts looped in our brain. I hope I get better soon.

Why is St. Barnabas rarely mentioned?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

December 16, 2013

In reading Church history, I found that Barnabas was the only educated disciple among the early followers of Jesus. Barnabas was well-versed in Hebrew and Aramaic, the languages in which Jesus preached. I find it surprising that little is mentioned of his own account of Jesus' preaching.

Say 'no' to gaps between rich and poor, writes Francis

Bob McKeon

December 16, 2013

Last weekend, I took the time to read Pope Francis' new apostolic letter Evangelii Gaudium. It is a demanding read (85 pages, single spaced). It is a joyful, exciting, surprising and hope-filled text that continually challenges the reader.

Francis exhorts us to unite faith and life

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December 9, 2013

Pope Francis has produced a marvellous apostolic exhortation in Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of Evangelization). There was a time when one might have expected that such a document would be about turning "pagans" into crisp new Catholics. That day is long gone.

Every tear brings the messiah closer

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 9, 2013

People are always impatient, but God is never in a hurry!" Nikos Kazantzakis wrote those words and they highlight an important truth: We need to be patient, infinitely patient, with God. We need to let things unfold in their proper time, God's time.

Advent offers space to surrender hearts, trust God's mystery

Kathleen Giffin

December 9, 2013
Third Sunday in Advent
December 15, 2013

In the early years of our marriage, I was often frustrated by the differences between my husband and me.

Christ's light wraps the sorrowful world in his healing peace

Mark Pickup

December 9, 2013

In the First Reading for the Dec. 8 Mass we read from Isaiah 11: "The wolf will live with the lamb, The leopard shall lie down with the kid, The calf and the lion and fatling together, And a little child shall lead them."

Bestseller is example of authors who invent their own Jesus

Fr. Robert Barron

December 9, 2013

When I saw that Reza Aslan's portrait of Jesus, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, had risen to number one on the New York Times bestseller list, I was both disappointed and puzzled.

Canadians working hard to keep up with rising cost of living

Joe Gunn

December 9, 2013

Entering my bank this past week, my eyes were drawn to the huge ad that greeted me: "Enjoy more of what you deserve these holidays."

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