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…

Spirituality of Synodality – Fascinating Podcast Interview with Fr James Hanvey SJ
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Spirituality of Synodality – Fascinating Podcast Interview with Fr James Hanvey SJ

Synodality is a way of doing church that emphasizes things like listening, shared leadership responsibilities between ordained and lay faithful, and reading and responding to the signs of the times. One of the Jesuits helping the church think about how synodality is lived out is Fr. James Hanvey, SJ. Fr. Hanvey is a theologian and…

India: Theologian Reflects on Synodal Pathway -Leadership. Part 2
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India: Theologian Reflects on Synodal Pathway -Leadership. Part 2

Barring a few exceptions, by and large, the quality of leadership went down and has now become bland and uninspiring. The criteria for the selection of bishops have changed considerably. During the period immediately after Vatican II, bishops were selected based on their ability to carry out the decisions and teachings of the council. Their…

Mark’s Gospel: A Treasure to be Discovered
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Mark’s Gospel: A Treasure to be Discovered

Each year on 25 April, the Church celebrates the feast of St Mark. Who is this Mark? He is usually identified with a young man we meet in the Acts of the Apostles. This Mark was a member of the first Christian community in Jerusalem, whose mother offered refuge to Peter when he escaped from…

Experience of Resurrection Now.
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Experience of Resurrection Now.

How To Experience Resurrection Now? In order to come to new life, one must first grow through a grieving process, a process of acceptance and processing of the loss, of the illusion, the actual death experience. Certain affective ties that one had with whom or what one has lost (a person, an ideal concerning one…

The Passion According to Saint Luke
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The Passion According to Saint Luke

Try to imagine yourself as an educated member of the Roman Empire reading Luke’s account of the birth, life and teaching of Jesus of Nazareth, and at the end asking Luke: ‘If all that you write is true about the character and the behaviour and teaching of this good man who claimed to be a…

Hans Burgman MHM on Missed Opportunities in the History of the Church
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Hans Burgman MHM on Missed Opportunities in the History of the Church

Hans Burgman MHM who died yesterday was a creative visionary. In an interview with the Dutch Missionary Agency ‘Mensen Met een Missie’ he reflected on what he saw as missed opportunities in the history of the Church. He likes to come straight to the point. Thus he begins about all the missed opportunities in the…

The Richness and Limitations of Human Knowing
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The Richness and Limitations of Human Knowing

At a time when the Catholic Church is being invited to greater humility by the Plenary Council and greater synodality by Pope Francis it may be prudent to acknowledge both the richness and limitations of human knowing, especially when it comes to matters concerning ultimate reality. A progressive understanding of the nature of knowledge will…

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…