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Commentary to the Conversion of St Paul

Commentary to the Conversion of St Paul

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Paul was determined “to arrest and bring to Jerusalem man or woman belonging to the Way” (Acts 9:2) when he walked toward Damascus. He was convinced of being on the right path, of walking the straight paths, those marked by the Torah and the sacred traditions of his people. Stubbornly anchored to his religious convictions, he was not even touched by the doubt that some of his ideas and some of his choices were to be called into question.

Commentary to the 3rd Sunday in ordinary time-Year C

Commentary to the 3rd Sunday in ordinary time-Year C

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

The word of God does not act magically. However, it is equipped with irresistible energy and, when it falls on fertile ground when accepted with faith, it produces extraordinary effects. “Truly blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it as well” (Lk 11:28). The privileged place for this hearing is the community meeting. On the ‘Day of the Lord,’ the Risen One addresses his word to the assembled community. 

Dust off your Bible

Dust off your Bible

by: William Grimm - UCA News in Church Issues,

Catechisms and Canons are important, but they must be shaped by the Word of God, measured by the Word of God and in service to the Word of God. As Vatican 2 declared, “like the Christian religion itself, all the preaching of the Church must be nourished and regulated by Sacred Scripture.” In September 2019, the pope issued Aperuit illis, a motu proprio (a teaching on his own initiative) that declared “that the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is to be devoted to the celebration, study and dissemination of the word of God.”

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

by: Nicholas Sagovsky - The Tablet in Church Issues,

The week of prayer for Christian unity begins on 18 January. Many gifts have been exchanged between previously divided Christian traditions over the past hundred years – but Nicholas Sagovsky wonders how far the fruits of dialogue have been taken to heart by the leaders and members of the Churches. 

Commentary to the 2nd SUNDAY In Ordinary Time–YEAR C

Commentary to the 2nd SUNDAY In Ordinary Time–YEAR C

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servers, “Do whatever he tells you.” 

Spiritual Parents

Spiritual Parents

by: Miguel Ángel Fiorito, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Church Issues,

The term “spiritual” is one of those words which, although it had a profoundly rich meaning in the early days of Christianity and in all the great epochs of the history of the Church, every now and then it becomes weakened  by more superficial meanings, or is transformed into a synonym of largely negative terms – such as “incorporeal, immaterial” – and becomes just one of many edifying words, a synonym of “religious” or “supernatural.”

Commentary to the BAPTISM OF THE LORD - YEAR C

Commentary to the BAPTISM OF THE LORD - YEAR C

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

 We are at the beginning of public life and Luke wants the Christians of his communities - already baptised - to read the Gospel as addressed expressly to them. He invites them to set out on the journey, to move their steps, still uncertain, in the footsteps of the Master who has been baptised like them, and walks at their side.

EPIPHANY OF THE LORD - LIGHT FOR ALL PEOPLES

EPIPHANY OF THE LORD - LIGHT FOR ALL PEOPLES

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

The pagans have therefore recognized as their king and their God, the child of  Bethlehem and offered him their gifts. The Magi have become the symbol of people around the world who are led by the  light of Christ. They are the image of the Church, made up of people of every race,  tribe, language, and nation. Entering the Church does not mean giving up one’s  identity. Every person  and every race maintain their cultural characteristics. With these, they enrich the  universal Church. Nobody is so rich as not to need anything and not so poor as not to  have anything to offer.

Francis’ Government: What is the driving force of his pontificate?

Francis’ Government: What is the driving force of his pontificate?

by: Antonio Spadaro, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Church Issues,

After the years of this pontificate, what is its driving force? Some commentators and analysts have wondered if Francis’ drive still exists; others have tried to reflect on its substance. The question could be re-phrased as follows: What kind of government does Francis exercise, and how do we interpret it in the light of these seven years? I intend to address this question here, examining the meaning of his way of governing, which comes from his personality, his own life and formation.

To Mary through Jesus: the Virgin in feminist theology

To Mary through Jesus: the Virgin in feminist theology

by: Margaret Hebblethwaite - The Tablet in Mary,

 The old picture of Protestant hostility to Mary of Nazareth is changing. Some of the freshest, most creative contributions to our understanding of the mother of Jesus are now coming from Protestant women theologians and biblical scholars. When it comes to Mary of Nazareth, Christmas is the one time of the year that has brought Catholics and Protestants together – though only up to a point.