Living the Vast Silence of Holy Saturday
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Living the Vast Silence of Holy Saturday

We don’t know what to do with it. Somehow it gets lost between the solemn exhaustion of Good Friday and the excitement of the Easter Vigil. Yet it is not an interlude between acts while the scenery changes behind the curtain. Neither is it a time when God continues to work in some other realm…

Celebrating the Passion of the Lord
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Celebrating the Passion of the Lord

The busiest afternoon of the year for Catholic churches is that of Good Friday. People throng to participate in a liturgy entitled,  ‘Celebration of the Passion of the Lord’. The mood for this celebration is set by three readings from Scripture, which invite us to meet the Lord Jesus under three aspects: as Servant, as…

Foot-Washing on Maundy Thursday: Looking up at Wounded Humanity
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Foot-Washing on Maundy Thursday: Looking up at Wounded Humanity

Yes, doubtless true, but it would do us good to undertake, if only for a moment, the thought-experiment of imagining the Church having made foot-washing, rather than the breaking of bread, our habitual sacrament of communion, our anamnetic mode. Mass would certainly take longer and be messier, with bowls of water risking spillage on our…

Towards a Theology of Safeguarding:Reflection on Presentation Dr Ethna Regan
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Towards a Theology of Safeguarding:Reflection on Presentation Dr Ethna Regan

Mission in Ministry 2021: (Reflection on the presentation given by Dr Ethna Regan Holy Faith Sister Ph.D., M.A March 2021) Towards a Theology of Safeguarding: How a Theology of Safeguarding can encompass human rights including children’s rights? The NBSCCCI (National Board for Safeguarding Children Catholic Church Ireland) is currently focusing on exploring a Theology of…

Rethinking Redemption: A Fresh Creative Approach by Renowned Theologian Elisabeth Johnson
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Rethinking Redemption: A Fresh Creative Approach by Renowned Theologian Elisabeth Johnson

In this fresh creative approach to theology, Elizabeth Johnson asks how we can understand cosmic redemption in a time of advancing ecological devastation. In effect, how can we extend the core Christian belief in salvation to include all created beings? Immediately this question runs into a formidable obstacle: the idea that Jesus’s death on the…

Pope Francis: A Faith without Doubts cannot Advance
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Pope Francis: A Faith without Doubts cannot Advance

“The devil puts doubts in us, then life happens along with its tragedies: ‘Why does God allow this?’ But a faith without doubts cannot advance. (…) The thought of being abandoned by God is an experience of faith which many saints have experienced, along with many people today who feel abandoned by God, but do…

Mission in Ministry 2021: “Towards a Theology of Healing”
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Mission in Ministry 2021: “Towards a Theology of Healing”

 Healing in a wounded church; how can the Catholic Church with integrity minister healing to those who it has abused?” (Reflection on the presentation given by Sr Nuala Patricia Kenny OC, MD, FRCP February 2021) The NBSCCCI (National Board for Safeguarding Children Catholic Church Ireland) is currently focusing through a series of short videos commissioned…

Transfiguration: A Homily
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Transfiguration: A Homily

2nd Sunday of Lent Today’s readings are, as so often, an invitation to contemplative musing. You can look at what is being told here in different ways, marvel at it. Or, perhaps, recoil in horror at the horrific story of what is called in Jewish tradition the “binding of Isaac.” How is it possible that…

Webinar: Pathways to Christ’s Passion
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Webinar: Pathways to Christ’s Passion

The renowned biblical scholar, Father Henry Wansbrough, a Benedictine monk of Ampleforth Abbey, will be giving a series of evening webinars on the Passion narratives, hosted by Holy Innocents’ Church Orpington. The evening will explore the different accounts of The Passion and Death of Jesus according to the Synoptic Gospels, The Passion, Death and Resurrection…

Podcast: Richard Rohr on Pope Francis, Original Sin and Lenten Observance
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Podcast: Richard Rohr on Pope Francis, Original Sin and Lenten Observance

This week’s guest hardly needs an introduction. Father Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest, the author of several well-known books on spirituality, including his latest The Universal Christ, and the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in New Mexico. In this wide-ranging interview, we talk to Father Richard about Pope Francis, how we should think…

Tangaza University College, Nairobi: Week of Human Fraternity
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Tangaza University College, Nairobi: Week of Human Fraternity

Dubbed the “Week of Human Fraternity,” the event has been slated to take place from February 22 at Tangaza University College (TUC), the Nairobi-based Catholic institution jointly-owned by 22 religious orders where students and faculty from over 40 countries interact. TUC’s Institute for Interreligious Dialogue and Islamic Studies (IRDIS) is spearheading the initiative. In his Friday, February 19 message…