Thich Nhat Hanh – The Passing of a Spiritual Giant
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Thich Nhat Hanh – The Passing of a Spiritual Giant

The most enduring feature of his spiritual legacy is his teaching and promotion of the concept of “mindfulness” or fully realized awareness of our engagement with beings beyond ourselves in the present moment. Mindfulness is the conscious realization of our presence in the world and others and being in the presence of other beings who…

Evangelization Must Flow from Prayer – Bd Cyprian Tansi
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Evangelization Must Flow from Prayer – Bd Cyprian Tansi

He had a keen sense of the newness of the Christian condition. It was motivated by the attraction of the Catholic faith, liturgy, and patrimony. It was also informed by awareness of what a world without Christ can look like. In 1929, when Fr Cyprian was newly ordained, working in Onitsha, a smallpox epidemic broke out in…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – A Stimulating Biblical Reflection
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – A Stimulating Biblical Reflection

The first point to observe when speaking of Christian Unity is that God is always working for unity; it follows, therefore, that if we are working against unity we are opposing God’s purposes, no matter how admirable our aims may seem to be. Secondly, however, diversity is difficult; there has never been a time when…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2022 has been prepared by the churches of the Middle East, the history of which was, and still is, characterised by conflict and strife, tainted with blood and darkened by injustice and oppression. The Christians of the Middle East offer these resources conscious that the world shares…

The Roots of Spiritual Abuse: ‘A sobering, terrifying, helpful account’
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The Roots of Spiritual Abuse: ‘A sobering, terrifying, helpful account’

Certain aberrations are systemic. There is the paradigm of the charismatic superior who usurps the place of the rule, spurns canon law, and assumes control over others by way of affective alliances playing on dynamics of seduction and exclusion, instrumentalising guilt: ‘After all I have done for you, you turn away from me?!’ There is…

Auctioning Human Beings in Libya: The Ugly Face of the World’s Many Racisms
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Auctioning Human Beings in Libya: The Ugly Face of the World’s Many Racisms

Racism is being called out across the world – and not just in the usual places. The word “racism” has been taken up by Yazidis in Syria, Uyghurs in China, and Papuans in Indonesia and used to describe their experience of discrimination. Expressed very simply, racism is prejudice and discrimination by a more powerful in-group against a minority group…

Pope Francis: Dreaming of a Completely Missionary Church
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Pope Francis: Dreaming of a Completely Missionary Church

Pope Francis said that he continued to “dream of a completely missionary Church” in a message published on Thursday. Writing in his World Mission Day message, released on Jan. 6, the Solemnity of the Epiphany, the pope called for renewed efforts to spread the Gospel. “Dear brothers and sisters, I continue to dream of a completely…

Epiphany- The Journey of the Magi
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Epiphany- The Journey of the Magi

The Journey Of The Magi A cold coming we had of it,Just the worst time of the yearFor a journey, and such a long journey:The ways deep and the weather sharp,The very dead of winter.’And the camels galled, sorefooted, refractory,Lying down in the melting snow.There were times we regrettedThe summer palaces on slopes, the terraces,And…

Epiphany – A Reflection
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Epiphany – A Reflection

Although foretold in the prophecies, the reality of all people – Jew and Gentile – being welcomed together to worship God and receive his divine favor was earth-shattering. It was a move beyond human expectation. God’s blessings were formerly reserved to Israel, but now they are open to all. Such a shift was the most…