Posts in the "Waiting in joyful hope" category

Baptism is not the end of a journey, but the start of a new life. It is fundamentally oriented to the future, knowing that it is under the Reign of God. Articles in these categories address expressions of Christian hope, as well as challenges to that hope.

 

Euthanasia — Pro and Con

Bloc MP Francine Lalonde has introduced her third private member’s bill, C-384, to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide. This fall, federal deputies will talk about these medical acts to accept or refuse it. It is important for us to know more about Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide. Human Lifes are in danger. – Bill C-384 (pdf) [...]

A Miracle for the Apostle of the Lepers

“No one has survived this cancer. This illness will take you,” said Doctor Walter Chang to Audrey Toguchi in 1997 since, scientifically, there was nothing that could be done for her. (…) Terminal cancer In 1996, Audrey Toguchi, native of the Island of Oahu in Hawaii, was 69. “I had no idea I had cancer,” [...]

Resources on stewardship

Exactly one week ago today I had a chance to give a conference presentation on stewardship. The conference was held here in Montreal, and 300 people attended. It was the first conference of its kind. So as to not lose the momentum, a special static page has been created here on Adventus.org. You can access [...]

A Time of Humility and Pastoral Charity even for the Pope.

In these last months since Jan 21, the Church, and particularly the Pope, have gone through a tough time. The lifting of the excommunication on the four Bishops of the Society of St Pius X, caused great uproar in Church circles as well as in relations with the Jewish people. Mistakes were admittedly made from [...]

New theology course: Christian Understanding of God

I’ve begun teaching a course this term entitled the Christian Understanding of God (THEO 331). I’ve created a course web page for it, and those interested can find the course outline and related downloads on that site. I’ve also uploaded the first audio lectures from the course: Presentation of the course Course lecture, part 1 [...]

Letter to my friends, especially those in the USA, about the financial crisis

Dear Adventus reader, I could not help but notice that many of you feel somewhat befuddled by the financial crisis that is going on. You are not alone, of course. Reading other internet blogs, for example, I can sense the rising tide of confusion and anger. As for myself, before I went into the priesthood [...]

Human origins, part 1: Evolution

Just what does the Catholic Church think of the theory of evolution? To be honest, it depends on which theory of evolution we mean. More than that, it depends on what we believe about the explanatory power of the theory. There are some who seem to treat the “theory of evolution” more like an ideology [...]

A need for Repentance and the Gift of Forgiveness

Recently, I discovered a clip from the television show, E.R. It showed a man facing the end of life with the burden of a perceived sin causing him great anxiety. He shares his distress with a so called spiritual councilor who cannot respond to his need for absolution, He states at one point “I need [...]

Speaking of helping the poor…

Despite the many evils that circulate on the Internet, I firmly believe that it can also be a powerful tool for good. The Kiva website is an example of what I mean. Kiva is an example of micro-financial lending, in which participants like you and me don’t *give* money so much as *lend* it to [...]

Feed people, not animals

The big headline across the new lately is the dramatic rise in global food prices. This issue touches me in a special way, because in college I once did a paper studying starvation economics, i.e. how “standard” economics changes when food availability reaches critical levels. It isn’t pretty, and experience shows that one round of [...]