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Rowan Williams: On Solid Foundation of Human Rights

“The survival of Christian faith does not depend on our resources or ingenuity,” he said. Invoking Jewish holocaust victim Etty Hillesum, he suggested the more modest aim ought to be to “live in such a way that it makes sense to say God lived in these times.” Source: CRUX Read more

4th Sunday of Advent:God doesn’t Choose the Way we would
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4th Sunday of Advent:God doesn’t Choose the Way we would

4th Sunday of Advent: Local Story – Universal Implication
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4th Sunday of Advent: Local Story – Universal Implication

Pope Francis highlights the relationship between the local and the global in his teaching, not least in Fratelli tutti, and what he says has implications for the way in which we relate to our sisters and brothers. Massimo Faggioli invites us to reflect on the illustrations of that contrast that we find in the readings for…

‘Where is God in all this?’ – Matthew’s Genealogy and God’s Presence
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‘Where is God in all this?’ – Matthew’s Genealogy and God’s Presence

A question that has surfaced quite often in 2020 (and not just this year, of course, for it leaps often to our lips) is: ‘Where is God in all this?’ That question has a particular sharpness at this time when the coronavirus has turned all our lives upside down, making them impossible to plan, and…

Timothy Radcliffe O.P. on Creativity and Imagination
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Timothy Radcliffe O.P. on Creativity and Imagination

https://youtu.be/0j9bhHYSRCE In conversation with Paula Gooder, Timothy Radcliffe OP explores some of the ways that creativity and imagination can help us with the search for connection with each other, with ourselves, and with God. Please note that the sound occasionally distorts for a few seconds with an audio echo but this happens infrequently and the…

3rd Sunday of Advent: Gospel Reflection
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3rd Sunday of Advent: Gospel Reflection

The place we really live our faith is not in a church. It is in the desert of our workplaces, our schools, our streets, our homes. There is no other place for the world to hear our call to prepare the way of the Lord, to join us on the way of and to the…

Advent Reflection: Making Neighbours out of Strangers
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Advent Reflection: Making Neighbours out of Strangers

Pope Francis identifies this vicious circle of suspicion and cruelty that needs to be overcome if we wish to repair a fractured world through fraternal care. Although we have concrete experiences that explain some suspicions of certain others, letting these suspicions develop into an attitude of stranger-blaming only hardens the ‘walls and citadels’ of indifference…

Second Sunday of Advent Reflection
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Second Sunday of Advent Reflection

In Advent we make a bit more effort to welcome the Lord into our lives and into our hearts, so that we can indeed know him as Son of God, as Good News.

Ireland, Knock Shrine: Mary in Advent, the Woman Who Said Yes to Faith
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Ireland, Knock Shrine: Mary in Advent, the Woman Who Said Yes to Faith

Mission in Ministry 2020: “Mary in Advent, the woman who said yes to faith” Knock Shrine In Advent we are invited through scripture, prayers, meditations and reflection on our mission in ministry, to clear away all that entangles us in our lives. We are called to open our hearts for “love incarnate” to be born…

Pope Francis – the Church’s Spiritual Director
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Pope Francis – the Church’s Spiritual Director

Austen Ivereigh is quite right to compare Francis’s style of governance, revealed in a unique way during the pandemic, to that of a spiritual director accompanying the Church and helping it to navigate through the complex global crisis of our times in all its manifestations.[3] Key to this navigation has been his astute discernment of spirits…

Getting the Point: The Parable of the Labourers in the Vinyard
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Getting the Point: The Parable of the Labourers in the Vinyard

One thing we have to realise often about the parables Jesus tells is that he is not necessarily approving of the behaviour of the lead character in the story, far less adopting the political, economic or social policy which the central figure may be shown to be putting into practice. Jesus might identify God with…

Human agency – not divine intercession – will beat virus
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Human agency – not divine intercession – will beat virus

India is one of the countries hardest-hit by Covid-19 with more than 4.8 million recorded cases and over 79,000 deaths. The Indian Catholic Bishops Conference has organised “web prayer meetings” in response. A bishop declared that Pope Francis had called for such prayer on May 3rd last. The aim of the meeting, the spokesman claimed,…