Jay's Articles

Don't be stingy in dispensing God's mercy

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 7, 2014

Today, for a number of reasons, we struggle to be generous and prodigal with God's mercy. As the number of people who attend church services continues to decline, the temptation among many of our Church leaders and ministers is to see this more as a pruning than as a tragedy and to respond by making God's mercy less, rather than more, accessible.

God gives each person a unique mission

John Connelly

July 7, 2014
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 13, 2014

I am sitting here drinking my morning coffee with my young son Nicholas snuggling me and looking over my shoulder as I type these words. It is an ordinary moment and it is also extraordinary. Nicholas is a true character. Last night he slept alone in a tent on our land. This says a lot about who God is. God creates each one of us uniquely because he loves authentic diversity. We are all different because we each have a personal mission. A specific mission with specific gifts and talents to fulfill a specific purpose.

Cheap shrimp result of slave labour

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July 7, 2014

Once an expensive delicacy, shrimp have dropped sharply in price in recent years as South East Asian countries have developed shrimp farms and created a huge industry aimed at both their domestic markets as well as those in Western Europe and North America. Yet, as tasty as those shrimp are, there are three reasons why you should stay clear of eating shrimp and supporting this industry.

You too can make a choice to be happy

Lasha Morningstar

July 7, 2014

The sentence startled me. "You have the right to be happy." I was reading that proclamation somewhere, don't know where or in what context. Probably in the Saturday Globe or a news magazine. But the words sat in the back of my consciousness like a nagging toothache. What is happy? Dogs romping in the dog park. A toddler flying down a slide. An elderly couple walking hand in hand down the sidewalk.

The exercise of power calls for wisdom

Ralph Himsl

July 7, 2014
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 20, 2014

In Litany for Dictatorships, the poet Stephen Vincent Benet writes of a dictator ruminating on the miseries his kind have laid on the world. Near the conclusion of this sordid list, Benet's narrator confesses an insight: "We thought because we had power, we had wisdom." I can't escape the irony of the fancy that came to me following my reading of that epigram: Had I the power, I would have that sentence rendered in a bronze plaque suitable for placement on the walls of every office across the nation.

Canada must look beyond self-interest

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July 7, 2014

It would be a fine birthday present to itself and to the world if Canada could use the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017 to rise above national self-interest and stretch itself to make a greater contribution to global peace and development. In his final speech as a senator on June 16, Roméo Dallaire identified the need for "transcendent leadership" in our country. Daillaire said Canada has not maximized its potential since the Second World War.

Few events are as exciting as a convocation

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

July 7, 2014

Like many of my fellow presidents I had the honour recently of speaking at our university's convocation. As so often happens, I spent a fair amount of time thinking about the structure of the event, what my speech would focus on and how we would ensure that our students had a perfect day. Once the event was over, though, I was struck (as I always am) by the sense of shared joy that permeated the reception.

Canada slams door shut on thousands of Syrian refugees

Joe Gunn

July 7, 2014

I'll never forget the refugee child who died in my arms. Deep in the jungle of southern Mexico, by 1983, 100,000 Mayan refugees had fled the barbarous offensives of the Guatemalan Army. I had been visiting Church workers along the river and had not had a meal since the first day I arrived. You can't eat when everyone around you has nothing – all our food had immediately been given away upon arrival.

Shunning former friends closes door to possible reconciliation

Mark Pickup

July 7, 2014

I had a Christian friend who wrote off our friendship, like a bad debt. Perhaps he saw me as a liability perhaps I am a friendship liability. His name is David. I miss him and wish I knew why he severed our friendship so abruptly and without explanation. David has not spoken or communicated with me for over a decade; my overtures went unacknowledged; my attempts to contact him to set things right were met with stony silence. We are no longer friends.

Assaults on common good put society on perilous course

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June 23, 2014

Modern liberal democracy and liberal notions of human rights are widely seen as the highest form of political organization and the clearest sign of moral progress of humanity. But this system of individual autonomy only works to the extent that there is overwhelming respect for legitimate authority and the common good.