Jay's Articles

Quebec's call for legalized euthanasia erodes public trust

April 9, 2012

A Quebec legislative committee's call for legalized euthanasia might be a grave danger to Canada's health care system. Its immediate and unquestionable menace, however, is the damage it does to democracy.

Government slammed for overseas aid cuts

Joe Gunn

April 9, 2012

I admit I was wrong. I couldn't imagine it would happen. Why would the federal government decimate the budget of the official overseas aid agency of the country's largest religious constituency, at the same time as Conservative Party leaders were availing themselves of every opportunity to ingratiate themselves to Catholic voters?

Public rallies for MS mother threatened with losing children

Mark Pickup

April 9, 2012

There was a television news story recently that told of a young single mother they called Marie (not her real name) who has a severe case of multiple sclerosis. Her condition has degenerated so quickly that she needs a nanny to care for her two small children.

Paschal Triduum reveals the nature of God's eternal love

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April 2, 2012

It was at a dinner party, recounted in Plato's dialogue the Symposium, that Socrates confronted the notion put forward by several people that love is a matter of like attracting like. That notion is most explicit in a speech by the dramatist Aristophanes who maintained that human beings were originally spherical beings who were cut in half by Zeus. Henceforth, each half longed to be reunited with its other half and "to heal the wound of human nature."

Holy fear is a type of fear inspired by love

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 2, 2012

Not all fear is created equal, at least not religiously. There's a fear that's healthy and good, a sign of maturity and love. There's also a fear that's bad, that blocks maturity and love.

Blind justice entangles innocents – even Jesus

Ralph Himsl

April 2, 2012
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We can understand the frantic running back and forth of Mary Magdalene, Peter and "the other disciple" (as the Gospel excerpt puts it) in the early morning darkness that day of the Resurrection. The tortured body of Jesus they had placed securely in the tomb had vanished.

Jesus' Palm Sunday entry fulfills prophets

Fr. Robert Barron

April 2, 2012

The texts that Christians typically read on Palm Sunday have become so familiar that they probably don't sense their properly revolutionary power. But no first-century Jew would have missed the excitement and danger implicit in the coded language of the accounts describing Jesus' entry into Jerusalem just a few days before his death.

Easter Baptism reminds us of other waters

Fr. Ayodele Ayeni CsSP

April 2, 2012

At the dawn of creation, "the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters (Genesis 1.2)." The waters at creation not only manifest the symbolism of water in Christian theology, but also its creational importance. Water sustains life and its absence spells doom or death.

Behold the wood of the cross . . . but can we still wear it

Lasha Morningstar

April 2, 2012

Easter, and Christian eyes rest on the crucifixion. Hearts and souls traverse through Christ's anguish in Gethsemane, the Last Supper knowing Judas would betray him, Peter deny him.

New brooms sweep in new evangelization

Fr. Raymond de Souza

April 2, 2012

How do you reform an episcopate and provide new leadership for the Church in a particular nation? Canada is now the model for the Church universal on how it can be done.

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