Bill Withers: ‘Lean on Me’- A Musical Response to the Coronavirus Crisis
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Bill Withers: ‘Lean on Me’- A Musical Response to the Coronavirus Crisis

Even before Bill Withers passed away from heart complications at the end of March, his 1972 hit Lean on Me had already become something of a marker for public solidarity in the face of the coronavirus. From schoolchildren in Scotland, to quarantined apartment residents in Dallas and online virtual choirs around the world, the song has been a prominent feature…

Tomáš Halík: Christianity in a Time of Sickness
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Tomáš Halík: Christianity in a Time of Sickness

But I cannot help but wonder whether the time of empty and closed churches is not some kind of cautionary vision of what might happen in the fairly near future. This is what it could look like in a few years in a large part of our world. We have had plenty of warning from…

Holy Thursday: A Gospel Reflection with Fr William Grimm
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Holy Thursday: A Gospel Reflection with Fr William Grimm

Last Supper: A Fresh Look
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Last Supper: A Fresh Look

The Last Supper is a key event in Holy Week; our commemoration of it in our Maundy Thursday liturgy sets the tone and is the background for everything else. If we think carefully about what Jesus did at that Passover meal we shall discover how important it was, and so have a better understanding of…

‘A Time of Great Uncertainty – Interview with Pope Francis
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‘A Time of Great Uncertainty – Interview with Pope Francis

Toward the end of March I suggested to Pope Francis that this might be a good moment to address the English-speaking world: the pandemic that had so affected Italy and Spain was now reaching the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia. Without promising anything, he asked me to send some questions. I picked six…

Holy Week Video Pope Francis: ‘Make a Gesture of Tenderness’
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Holy Week Video Pope Francis: ‘Make a Gesture of Tenderness’

Dear friends, good evening! This evening I have the chance to enter your homes in a different way than usual. If you allow me, I would like to have a conversation with you for a few moments, in this time of difficulty and of suffering. I can imagine you in your families, living an unusual…

‘The New Testament was written entirely by Jews’ – Nicholas King SJ
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‘The New Testament was written entirely by Jews’ – Nicholas King SJ

I conclude that every word of the 27 documents that this extraordinary library that is the New Testament contains was written by good Jews, and that it is unfounded, even perverse, to call it ‘anti-Jewish’. We must however confess, to our shame, that Christians, as well as Jews, have often read the New Testament in…

Cri de Coeur
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Cri de Coeur

Yes, that is the title of my new painting: cry of the heart, the person who screams in painful longing for the sun because it threatens to be obscured by a black cloud (coronavirus). Humanity caught (red lines) in this situation. The Rainbow Snake emerges from the blue lake (life) and begins to expel or…

The Current Corona Crisis: A Gateway into a Deeper Experience of Jesus’ Passion?
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The Current Corona Crisis: A Gateway into a Deeper Experience of Jesus’ Passion?

Every time is a time of grace. Even during the current corona crisis, God has not turned off his grace tap. What special grace would He give us during Holy Week this year? The Holy Week celebrations are all delights. We love these refined liturgies. They forge Christian community. Over the centuries, they have been…

A Guide to Isolation and Social Distancing from Those who Know
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A Guide to Isolation and Social Distancing from Those who Know

These online resources are offered to help people live through the coronavirus pandemic. Their special quality is that they don’t come from theories; they all come from those with experience of social distancing or isolation, people who have lived this reality either intentionally like monks and nuns or against their will like hostages or the…

Spiritual Communion: ‘The Fountain of Living Water’ – A Poem by St John of the Cross
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Spiritual Communion: ‘The Fountain of Living Water’ – A Poem by St John of the Cross

There are, of course, a great number of stories which could be recalled in this context. But the story which, for me, most stands out is the story of the imprisonment of the Carmelite poet and mystic St John of the Cross. Captured and taken from his priory, John was forced to live in appalling…

Denis McBride: Palm Sunday Reflections
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Denis McBride: Palm Sunday Reflections

Drawing on his extensive scriptural knowledge, and profound love of art, Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R. offers us a reflection for Palm Sunday.