‘Rejoice because your Name is Written in Heaven’ – Richard Rohr
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‘Rejoice because your Name is Written in Heaven’ – Richard Rohr

Richard Rohr’s offering on my birthday. Couldn’t resist sharing it!  Fons. You are not important, and yet Jesus says, “Rejoice because your name is written in heaven” (Luke 10:20). We need a still point in this twirling world of images and feelings, especially in a time such as ours. If we are tethered at some center point, it is amazing how far out…

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…

DR Congo: ‘We are Terrified of the Possible Spread of Covid-19 here in Congo’ – Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo
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DR Congo: ‘We are Terrified of the Possible Spread of Covid-19 here in Congo’ – Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo

Kinshasa (Agenzia Fides) – “We are terrified of the possible spread of covid-19 here in Congo; we have no means or logistical solutions to deal with it and it would be a disaster”: says Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, Archbishop of Kinshasa to Agenzia Fides, expressing his concern. First the Ebola nightmare, which has tormented the…

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…