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Remember that you are dust, and repent

Remember that you are dust, and repent

Fr William Grimm, MM-La Croix International - Articles, Wed, Feb 14th 2018

We must look closely at the direction our lives are taking, at the social, psychological, cultural, economic and other influences that draw us away from our vocation as Christians. And then, we must turn from them. That is easier said than done. In fact, we cannot do it. We need the grace of God, a grace we embrace by believing the gospel of Jesus Christ, the good news that God forgives sin.

Commentary to the 1st Sunday of lent –Year B–

Commentary to the 1st Sunday of lent –Year B–

Fr. Fernando Armellini - http://bibleclaret.org - Homilies, Thu, Feb 15th 2018

Every year, on the first Sunday of Lent, the gospel is on the temptations of Jesus in the desert. Mark refers to them very briefly, and uses two verses (vv. 12-13) to explain them. In front of these few lines some preachers are struggling to outline the homily.

Faith and Superstition

Faith and Superstition

Ron Rolheiser, OMI - Articles, Thu, Feb 15th 2018

The power of a subordinate clause, one nuance within a sentence and everything takes on a different meaning. That’s the case in a recent brilliant, but provocative, novel, The Ninth Hour, by Nina McDermott. She tells a story which, among other things, focuses on a group of nuns in Brooklyn who work with the poor. 

Indonesian TV celebrity guided by Catholic values

Indonesian TV celebrity guided by Catholic values

Konradus Epa, Jakarta - UCANews - Activities, Thu, Feb 15th 2018

Popular Indonesian television presenter Daniel Mananta has put his Catholic faith into practice in a far-flung corner of the sprawling archipelago. The TV celebrity was impressed by the way local Catholics would walk many kilometers to attend services in the run-down chapel in Ruteng Diocese. "I was touched by the experience and wanted to fix the church," said Mananta, 36, the first of two brothers from a family of retail merchants. 

THE SHOCK OF THE NEW

THE SHOCK OF THE NEW

Brendan Walsh - The Tablet - Church Issues, Sat, Feb 17th 2018

“It’s something I’ve lived; something I’ve experienced,” he says simply. “You can’t teach unless you’re ready to learn. And you can’t learn unless you’re ready to listen. And what the Pope does so dramatically in Amoris is to show, through the whole of Scripture, in one story after another, how God has chosen family life as a privileged way in which we see who God is and what God is doing.”

Working towards a full-scale 'paradigm shift'

Working towards a full-scale 'paradigm shift'

Robert Mickens, Rome - La Croix International - Church Issues, Wed, Feb 14th 2018

Cardinal Pietro Parolin this week put his finger on the single most important issue that has become the driving force of the small, but tenacious opposition to Pope Francis and his pontificate. It is the full-scale “paradigm shift” the pope is working so diligently to bring about within the global Catholic Church. 

Why is the Mona Lisa smiling? You asked Google – here’s the answer

Why is the Mona Lisa smiling? You asked Google – here’s the answer

David Colman - The Guardian - Expressions, Tue, Feb 20th 2018

Of all the world’s enigmatic works of art, it is probably the Mona Lisathat people are the most curious about. And indeed, it is hard to imagine why a 77x53cm painting on a piece of wood might be worth more than double the £340m paid for Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi last year. So – why is she worth so much? Why is she so famous? Why is she smiling? There are answers – but they only tell you so much.

Sri Lankans mourn Buddhist monk who dies after elephant attack

Sri Lankans mourn Buddhist monk who dies after elephant attack

Kingsley Karunaratne, Colombo-UCANews - Ecumenism, Sun, Feb 18th 2018

Venerable Wimalarathana Thera attempted to build interreligious harmony in post-civil war Sri Lanka. He was also the vice president of the Congress of Religions, a body of national religious leaders.Retired Archbishop Oswald Gomis, a member of the Congress of Religions, said that Venerable Wimalarathana Thera was associated with good number of Catholic priests, Anglican ministers and also Muslims and Hindus.

 


Philippine Senate approves National Bible Day observance

Philippine Senate approves National Bible Day observance

Joe Torres, Manila-UCANews - Activities, Tue, Feb 20th 2018

The Philippine Senate has approved a bill that will declare the last Monday of January each year as "National Bible Day" to celebrate the Christian faith and reflect on the Scriptures.The bill was tabled by boxing champion-turned-senator Manny Pacquiao. "National Bible Day" would allow Christians "to unite and celebrate the Holy Bible as the cradle of the Christian faith," said the senator.

We need to be ‘RELIGIOUSLY LITERATE’

We need to be ‘RELIGIOUSLY LITERATE’

Lauren Nicholson-Ward-The Tablet - Church Issues, Thu, Feb 22nd 2018

Legally, schools and academies have a duty to provide RE to all pupils, with detailed syllabuses agreed locally.  However, as has been the case historically, some institutions fall short of their obligations.

Esercizi spirituali, la sete di Dio tra Ionesco e “Il piccolo Principe”

Esercizi spirituali, la sete di Dio tra Ionesco e “Il piccolo Principe”

Salvatore Cernuzio – Vatican Insider - Activities, Wed, Feb 21st 2018

L’invito è quindi a rallentare il «nostro passo» e prendere «coscienza dei nostri bisogni». A riporre in Dio la nostra sete «di relazioni, di accettazione e di amore», «un patrimonio biografico», afferma il teologo portoghese, che è presente in ogni essere umano dall’infanzia alla vecchiaia e che «siamo chiamati a riconoscere e ringraziare».

Commentary to the 2nd Sunday of lent –Year B–

Commentary to the 2nd Sunday of lent –Year B–

Fr. Fernando Armellini - http://bibleclaret.org - Homilies, Fri, Feb 23rd 2018

The transfiguration was an extraordinary spiritual experience in which Jesus tried to convince them that only those who give their lives for the sake of love fully realize it. It is clear that they failed to understand that Jesus was going to give life. God was revealing all his glory, all his love for man. Only the light of Easter and the experiences with the Risen Lord will open wide their eyes.