This was the manifestation of the Lord to the disciples gathered on Easter night. Thomas was missing. Eight days later, therefore, on the Lord's day, Sunday, When the community gathered, Thomas was also there. “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was once asked by a critic: “What are you trying to do? Why all this talk about atoms and molecules when you are speaking about Jesus Christ?” His answer: I am trying to formulate a Christology large enough to incorporate Christ because Christ is not just an anthropological event but a cosmic phenomenon as well.
On the occasion of the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Pope Francis promulgated a document by which he recognized the possibility for women to exercise the instituted ministries of lector and acolyte. It is well known that earlier legislation, established by Paul VI with a similar measure, reserved these ministries to male laity.
The birth of the Draghi government has been welcomed as a fairly exceptional event in the history of the Italian Republic. The most recurring comparison – although we will discover it is not entirely appropriate – has been with the Ciampi, Dini and Monti governments. These were all “technical” governments, born following moments of parliamentary crisis and in contexts of deep economic or political difficulties for the country.
The President of the European Commission commented that the agreement will certainly rebalance economic relations with China. The Chinese President noted that this agreement between China and the EU (two of the world’s major powers, civilizations and markets) will give a strong impetus to the global recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic, help build an open economy between Beijing and Brussels, facilitate investment, and strengthen confidence in economic globalization and free trade.
Springsteen begins to sing, understanding the humble intensity of the word: ’Neath a crowd of mongrel trees / I pulled that bothersome thread / Got down on my knees, / Grabbed my pen and bowed my head. The act of kneeling shows he recognizes the value of the earth, a place that sustains precisely because it is trodden upon, and, just as the body places itself on its knees, so too does thought bow down, through the movement of lowering the head.
The world will be saved by beauty! Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote that, Dorothy Day quoted it, and centuries before Jesus, Confucius made it central to his pedagogy. They were on to something. Beauty is a special language that cuts through and sidelines all the things that divide us – history, race, language, creed, ideology, politics, economic disparity, gender, sexual identity, and personal wounds.
The pandemic is having a devastating impact on the Church’s income, and at a time of urgent need, influential voices are concerned about the looming crisis. It has been a year unlike any other. But this Easter Sunday, Catholics will be feeling a degree of relief: not only that coronavirus vaccines are being rolled out and the end of lockdown is in sight, but also that they can go to Mass.
We would like to present here the thought of a Chinese author who, 2,500 years ago reflected on the way to establish just and fraternal relationships between individuals, communities and nations. He did so with a different logic from that followed by Christian theology. But his way of dealing with the issue provides a stimulating counterpoint to the quest we are pursuing today to live fraternity more intensely and more broadly.
There is the community gathered. There are eleven, there are the two disciples who returned from Emmaus, and this is what happens while this community is together. “While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ ... Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.
The German Church is on a preparatory phase of her synodal journey and Pope Francis has written a Letter to share the concerns of his brothers and sisters “for the future of the Church in Germany” (Introduction). Rather than commenting on the pope’s Letter, I limit myself in this article to pointing out some points of style and content for a contextualized and fruitful reading.