Searching Questions on René Girard’s Scapegoat Mechanism
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Searching Questions on René Girard’s Scapegoat Mechanism

OUT OF CURIOSITY – FAITH SEEKING UNDERSTANDING (Mimesis and Atonement in the Doctrine of Salvation – ideology or theology?) Perhaps this is what I wish I had heard more from our colleague, late Fr Tom O’Brien MHM, who always came alive and spoke profoundly with untold inner joy, conviction and passion about René Girard or…

Saint Augustine: Thinking Faith
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Saint Augustine: Thinking Faith

Augustine’s faith was essentially a thinking faith, endeavouring to bring together the belief of his heart and the abilities of his mind. This is well illustrated by the fact that his favourite verse from scripture was a [mis]quotation from Isaiah 7:9, ‘If you do not believe, then you will not understand.’ Faith seeks understanding: faith…

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Laurenti Magesa – the Passing of Seminal Figure in African Theology

Few hours to his death on Thursday, August 11, Fr. Prof. Laurenti Magesa Corneli who has been described as “the Giant of African Theology” remained the humble man he had been all his life, the President of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) has said in his tribute to the late Tanzanian-born Theologian. He had just turned…

Saint John Vianney – The Hiddenness of Priestly Life
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Saint John Vianney – The Hiddenness of Priestly Life

Our culture makes us want to know who we are.  It commands us to ‘be ourselves’, to be the masters and makers of our lives; this is the ultimate freedom.  But the priest is not self-made; all he has, he has received.  This is the mystery at the centre of his life and in every…

‘Doctrine of Discovery’: A Shameful Doctinal Dynosaur
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‘Doctrine of Discovery’: A Shameful Doctinal Dynosaur

In a brief protest at a papal Mass in Canada, Indigenous women unfurled a banner that said, “Rescind the Doctrine.” The protest July 28 was a momentary but graphic reminder of how, when representatives of Canada’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities met Pope Francis at the Vatican in March and April, they asked him…

Charles de Foucauld: Monk – Missionary Part 2
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Charles de Foucauld: Monk – Missionary Part 2

In the run-up to the forthcoming canonisation of Charles de Foucauld on May 15th I was asked to write an article on his influence on missionary thinking, spirituality and practice for the Dutch language periodical Tijdschrift voor Geestelijk Leven. What follows is a two part translation into English. F.E. Personal experience. Like most missionaries of my…

Charles de Foucauld: Monk-Missionary Part  1
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Charles de Foucauld: Monk-Missionary Part 1

In the run-up to the forthcoming canonisation of Charles de Foucauld on May 15th I was asked to write an article on his influence on missionary thinking, spirituality and practice for the Dutch language periodical Tijdschrift voor Geestelijk Leven. What follows is a two part translation into English. F.E. Charles de Foucauld – Monk-Missionary In…