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Epiphany – How the Gospel Stories Convey the Meaning of the Events we Celebrate at Christmas

And then there are Matthew’s Magi. What are they about? They are non-Jews, who get Jesus right from the very beginning, just as the establishment (Herod and his religious experts) gets Jesus wrong from the very beginning, at least in the sense that they regard him as so serious a threat to their status quo…

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L’Arche: The Amazing Healing Effect of Friendship with the Intellectually Disabled

When French Catholic Jean Vanier brought two men with intellectual disabilities to live with him in his home, he did so more out of a sense of religious duty than anything else. But as time went on, he began to realize that what the men needed was not help, but friendship. In the founding of…

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Pope Francis Prayer Video January: Lord, Make us Instruments of your Peace

In a divided and fragmented world, I want to invite all believers, and also all people of good will, to reconciliation and fraternity. Our faith leads us to spread the values of peace and mutual understanding, of the common good. We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote together…

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Seminary Training: Discerning in, Discerning Out

Hubbard had multiple “God moments,” and he entered seminary because of them. But in seminary Hubbard realized that ordination wasn’t his calling. In November 2018, he discerned out of seminary. “By our baptism, we’re all called to be priests, prophets, and kings,” Hubbard told CNA. “So although I won’t be an ordained priest, I’ll be…

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A New Kind of Christianity: A Trans-denominational Movement of Contemplative Spiritual Activism. .

More and more of us are hoping, praying, and dedicating ourselves to a [new] form of Christianity. This new kind of Christianity can only emerge as a trans-denominational movement of contemplative spiritual activism. . . . This emerging or emergence Christianity . . . will be decentralized and diverse rather than centralized and uniform. In…

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How Synodality Marks a Paradigm Shift in the Church

We often hear from conservative Catholics that “the Church is not a constitutional democracy”. They emphasize the rejection of parliamentarianism and proceduralism, while tending to forget that members of the Church have rights and are not at the mercy of an absolute hierarchy. In fact, it is democracy that corresponds better than any other system…