Commentary to the FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR A

Commentary to the FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR A

Fernando Armellini - Homilies

The Bible guarantees a paradox: true and lasting joy is born of commitment, renunciation, self-denial, sacrifice, and accompanied by pain. “Now I am glad to suffer for you,” says Paul to the Colossians (Col 1:24). To persecuted Christians, James recommends: “My brethren, consider it as the greatest happiness to have to endure various trials” (James 1:2). And Peter recognizes: “You ... rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy” (1 Peter 1:8).

Church leaders in search of peace in a country in crisis

Church leaders in search of peace in a country in crisis

John Ashworth - The Tablet - Ecumenism

 Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Iain Greenshields, will begin a joint visit to South Sudan on 3 February. What impact could their ecumenical journey together have on this conflict-ridden country? Denominations? Dr Haruun Ruun, a former leader of the New Sudan Council of Churches, said to a European visitor: “You are the ones who had the Reformation, not us. Our denomination is survival.”

The Cardinal Virtues: Pillars of the good life

The Cardinal Virtues: Pillars of the good life

Giovanni Cucci, SJ - La Civilta Cattolica - Activities

 Before dealing with the individual cardinal virtues, I had the opportunity to address the subject of the deadly vices. It was clear to see the great interest in  the themes, especially as found among the humanities, philosophy, art, literature and spirituality. Such a multiplicity of approaches is an indication of the richness and complexity of human actions. 

Religious Nationalism and Pope Francis’ ‘Culture of Encounter’

Religious Nationalism and Pope Francis’ ‘Culture of Encounter’

David Hollenbach, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica - Ecumenism

In recent years, religion has become increasingly present in discussions of international politics. This is partly due to the recognition that religious communities are contributing to some of the conflicts that mar the international scene today. Religiously inspired nationalist movements are among the more dangerous ways that religion can lead to conflict today. On the other hand, religious communities can also be  important agents of peace. Pope Francis has been an important religious contributor to peace, both through his actions and his teaching.

Popes John XXIII and Francis: Two ‘Men in Dark Times’

Popes John XXIII and Francis: Two ‘Men in Dark Times’

Andreas Lind, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica - Activities

Published in 1968, the book Men in Dark Times still has something to say in our time. Hannah Arendt wrote it long ago, it is true, and the work consists of a collection of essays devoted to people who lived most of their lives during the first half of the last century, with the exception of Gotthold Lessing.

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