Jay's Articles

Doing simple acts of kindness thwarts the darkness of evil

Fr. Robert Barron

January 14, 2013

Like Star Wars, The Divine Comedy and Moby Dick, J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is the story of a hero's journey. This helps to explain, of course, why, like those other narratives, it has proved so perennially compelling.

Why do we pray the Nicene Creed today?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

January 14, 2013

My question is how many of us know who Arius was and do we pray the Nicene Creed as an answer to Arius or to express that God is a creator as an artist is a creator?

Forget those January resolutions; just let me have some joy

Lasha Morningstar

January 14, 2013

A clean slate. Usually a new year brings a great pricking of the conscience, an obligation to make – and keep – rules.

Refugee sponsors exposed to greater financial risk

Joe Gunn

January 14, 2013

After the Epiphany, the Holy Family became refugees. The Gospel of Matthew reports that after the visit of the Magi, an angel appeared to Joseph and warned him to flee to Egypt.

Human rights come before gun ownership

WCR Logo

December 24, 2012

It is long past the point when one can describe the abundance of mass murders – 31 school shootings since the Columbine massacre in 1999 – in the United States as a sign of the decay of Western civilization. It is that, but the psychological destruction of the person in a technological society and the decline in morality is not limited to the U.S.

King Herod, wise men issue a moral challenge

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 24, 2012

The Christmas story is surely one of the greatest stories ever told. It chronicles a birth from which the world records time as before or after. Moreover, it is written in a way that has inflamed the romantic imagination for 2,000 years.

Creative renderings honour Christ's birth

Ralph Himsl

December 24, 2012
Christmas Eve
December 24, 2012

In the 2,000 years since the birth of Jesus, and since people learned the significance of his birth, they have declared their gratitude in diverse ways: prayers, paintings, novels, poems, rituals, musical compositions, dramas, shrines.

Many struggle with the coming of Christ

Mark Pickup

December 24, 2012

What does the coming of Christ mean to you? The reality of his presence means different things to different people. The wise men travelled a great distance with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to adore the newborn king. Why? A new star appeared in the sky.

Pope's The Infancy Narratives completes his Jesus trilogy

Fr. Raymond de Souza

December 24, 2012

At his Angelus address on Dec. 9, Pope Benedict commented upon the Sunday Gospel, in which St. Luke carefully lists the various rulers, sacred and profane, when St. John the Baptist began his preaching.

Public rallies because of respect for diversity

Gordon Self

December 24, 2012

In 1979 I befriended a young refugee family. They were one of thousands of "boat people" who fled their country after the Vietnam War. They were grateful for not only surviving the perilous journey on the sea but being able to settle in Canada where they have since flourished.

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