The Scent of Humility

The Scent of Humility

Ron Rolheiser, OMI - Articles

According to Isaac the Syrian, a famous 7th Century bishop and theologian, a person who’s genuinely humble gives off a certain scent that other people will sense and that even animals will pick up, so that wild animals, including snakes, will fall under its spell and never harm that person.

Woman's death ends chapter of Jewish history in India

Woman's death ends chapter of Jewish history in India

Shawn Sebastian, Kochi - UCAN - Ecumenism

She was the oldest of three Jews left in the once popular Jewish trade center on the coast of the Arabian sea in Kerala. Only two Sephardi Jews, who’s ancestors migrated from the Spanish Iberian Peninsula in the 16th century, are left in Mattancherry. Both do not wish to interact with media or strangers, unlike Cohen.

Cybersex: An insidious addiction

Cybersex: An insidious addiction

Giovanni Cucci, SJ - La Civiltá Cattolica - Articles

The internet, while it offers enormous possibilities on many levels – information, data, speed of contact, time saved and relationships improved – also renews long-established problems of the offline world (solitude, pornography, violence, theft, viruses) but on a qualitatively different scale. Like any new development, digital technology cannot solve a problem without creating new ones.

‘Mirror, mirror on the wall’: Narcissism and spiritual worldliness

‘Mirror, mirror on the wall’: Narcissism and spiritual worldliness

José Luis Narvaja, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica - Spirituality

The end of the seventh chapter of the Letter to the Romans contains an exclamation in which Saint Paul gives voice to a deep pain that permeates his entire existence: “Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?” (Rom 7:24). At first glance, it seems that the apostle is making a very severe judgment about his own body, as if he almost preferred to do away with it so as to live serenely the spiritual life. But this is not so.

Commentary to the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

Commentary to the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

Fr. Fernando Armellini - Homilies

In Jesus, God has experienced failure several times. Jerusalem has not corresponded to his love: “How often have I tried to bring together your children as a bird gathers her young under her wings, but you refused” (Lk 13:34). In Nazareth he could not perform any miracle (Mk 6:5-6); the rich young man responds with a refusal (Mt 19:16-22).

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