Columns

Jay's Opinions Articles

Simon's gift can be given or received

October 8, 2012
AUSTIN MARDON
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Oct. 7-13 is Mental Health Week. It reminds me every year of famous helpers in history.

Popular tags:

Karol Wojtyla tapped laity to reveal Vatican II's power

WCR Logo

October 1, 2012

As the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council approaches on Oct. 12, it is well to remember the diocese which likely did the most thorough job of implementing the council's teachings - the Archdiocese of Krakow, Poland.

Popular tags:

'If only' lessons teach us to forgive our flaws

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 1, 2012

If only! How often we feel those bitter words of regret: If only! If only I had noticed earlier! If only I had been more attentive! If only I could see that person again, even for five minutes! If only I hadn't been there just then! If only the storm hadn't happened just as I was on the highway! If only I hadn't had that extra drink! If only I had left the party 10 minutes earlier! If only!

Popular tags:

Myth can convey a plethora of meanings

Ralph Himsl

October 1, 2012
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 7, 2011

The First Reading for Sunday from Genesis, tells of God's creation of humankind and of the creatures of earth, sea and sky.

Popular tags:

Preparations for the council were a closed shop

October 1, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In mid-summer 1960, the preparations for the Second Vatican Council entered their second and final phase. Ten commissions were established to take the material submitted by bishops and Catholic universities from around the world and to develop documents to be considered by the council when it began.

Popular tags:

Kids hookup sexually, become headhunters

Fr. Robert Barron

October 1, 2012

I first came across the term "hookup culture" in Leonard Sax's thought provoking and disturbing 2005 book, Why Gender Matters. But the phenomenon itself I found beautifully depicted in a novel published a year earlier: Tom Wolfe's I Am Charlotte Simmons.

Popular tags:

Bountiful feast a time to celebrate past, dream of future

Lasha Morningstar

October 1, 2012

The bounty of Thanksgiving can be so easily missed. Plunked where it is, somewhere between the end of summer and onset of winter, Thanksgiving is for many of us just a long weekend with maybe a too-full meal.

Popular tags:

Is Church really 200 years behind the times

WCR Logo

September 24, 2012

Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini of Milan was one of the great churchmen of our age. If he had been in good health, he might have been a leading candidate for pope at the last conclave, the one that elected Pope Benedict XVI.

Popular tags:

Right answers go wrong when given without love

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 24, 2012

Truth alone is not enough. It must be balanced off with the other transcendental properties of God: oneness, goodness and beauty.

Popular tags:

Jesus calls on us to see through a child's eyes

John Connelly

September 24, 2012
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 30, 2012

There are things in the heart of all of us that want to be expressed. Hopes. Dreams. Pain. Struggles.

Popular tags: