The Gospel Challenge to Enjoy our Lives

The Gospel Challenge to Enjoy our Lives

Ron Rolheiser, OMI - Articles

Joy is an infallible indication of God’s presence, just as the cross is an infallible indication of Christian discipleship. What a paradox! And Jesus is to blame. Like any loving parent, God wants his children to flourish in their lives, to make the sacrifices necessary to be responsible and altruistic, but not to see those sacrifices themselves as the real reason for being given life.

 


CARING FOR CREATION - Parish Practice

CARING FOR CREATION - Parish Practice

Ellen Teague - The Tablet - Activities

Pope Francis does not seem to have trouble getting directly into parishes. For example, as well as activity in his own parish, Mike McLoughlin of St Elphege’s, Wallington, in Southwark Diocese, has run Laudato Si’ study programmes at five deanery meetings and at diocesan level. He and other parishioners are also active with the local group Sutton for Justice and Peace, which recently promoted the message for Refugee Week of “Refugees welcome here”.

 
Vatican turns off fountains as Rome gasps in drought

Vatican turns off fountains as Rome gasps in drought

Reuters - July 2017 - Activities

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Vatican authorities began on Monday to turn off some 100 fountains, including two Baroque masterpieces in St. Peter's Square, due to a prolonged drought affecting the tiny city state and the city of Rome which surrounds it. Caring for the planet and its resources is an important issue for Pope Francis, who demanded swift action by world leaders in the first ever papal document dedicated to the environment.

 
A prominent French Philosopher drowns trying to rescue children near St Tropez

A prominent French Philosopher drowns trying to rescue children near St Tropez

Rory Mulholland - The Telegraph - Activities
A prominent French philosopher, psychoanalyst and newspaper columnist best known for her work on risk-taking has drowned after she swam out to try and save two children who were in trouble in the sea at a beach near Saint-Tropez. Anne Dufourmantelle was apparently swept away by a strong current at the weekend when she intervened to help the children at Pampelonne beach on the French Riviera. 
Imagining the future: A diocese in north east England takes the collapse in clergy numbers as an opportunity for renewal

Imagining the future: A diocese in north east England takes the collapse in clergy numbers as an opportunity for renewal

Jim O'Keefe - The Tablet - Church Issues

Can Catholics deepen their faith even as the Church appears to be shrinking in size and losing confidence? It’s a question the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle is currently attempting to address. Three years ago, on 16 July 2014, the bishop, Séamus Cunningham, announced what appeared to some to be an audacious programme, not of rescue and survival, but of development and renewal.

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