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Saint John Henry Newman: Faith, Holiness and Imagination

Saint John Henry Newman: Faith, Holiness and Imagination

by: Nicolas Steeves, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Ecumenism,

Newman’s holiness calls for a “broadening of the mind,” a use of the imagination that is also truly Christian. It requires being imaginative. Newman’s holiness therefore comes into contact with our imagination at various levels. This article will try to briefly show some of them, to awaken today our faith in Christ.

Commentary on the Readings PALM SUNDAY - Year A

Commentary on the Readings PALM SUNDAY - Year A

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Today’s version of the passion being proposed to us is that of Matthew. In our comment, we will highlight only the characteristic aspects. The first and most important is that Matthew punctuates the whole story with repeated references to the fulfillment of the Scriptures.....

Commentary on the Readings of Fifth Sunday of Lent – March 29

Commentary on the Readings of Fifth Sunday of Lent – March 29

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

The Bible has preserved the memory of their disorientation and concerns to remind us how dense was the darkness of the tomb, before the light of Easter shine on the world. To internalize the message, we repeat:
“Although I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil, for you, O Lord of life, are beside me.”

Annunciation of the Lord – March 25, 2020

Annunciation of the Lord – March 25, 2020

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

We are in spring, the vegetation awakens and life resumes after the rigors of winter. To the believer, the appearance of new shoots can only recall, in a spontaneous and immediate way, the true spring, the blessed day when, with the incarnation of the Son of God, the new world began. 

Commentary to the 4th Sunday of Lent – March 22

Commentary to the 4th Sunday of Lent – March 22

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

“The true light that enlightens everyone came into the world” (Jn 1:9). Christ came to dispel our darkness, to illuminate our nights, to usher in the family of the “children of light and children of the day” (1 Thes 5:5).

“La Civiltà Cattolica”: A review on the Vision of Pope Francis

“La Civiltà Cattolica”: A review on the Vision of Pope Francis

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

La Civiltà Cattolica was founded in the mid-nineteenth century but only since last February has it been available in English. The following is a speech about the publication’s purpose given by editor-in-chief Father Antonio Spadaro, SJ, at a meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines in the city of Cebu.

Commentary to third sunday of lent – March 15, 2020

Commentary to third sunday of lent – March 15, 2020

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

We believe that there was a meeting of Jesus with a Samaritan woman, but the fact was then redacted with the language, images, and biblical references with which he wanted to convey a theological message. “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and let the one who believes in me drink” (Jn 7:38). He is the source of pure water that quenches all thirst.

Church and State on a collision course in Spain

Church and State on a collision course in Spain

by: Xavier Le Normand - La Croix International in Church News,

Cardinal Juan José Omella of Barcelona, considered one of Pope Francis' strongest allies among European bishops, has been elected president of the Spanish Episcopal Conference (CEE). His election comes at a crucial moment in Church-State relations in Spain.

Commentary on the Readings Second sunday of lent – March 8, 2020

Commentary on the Readings Second sunday of lent – March 8, 2020

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

This passage is sometimes interpreted as a brief preview of the experience of paradise, granted by Jesus to a group of friends, to prepare them to endure the ordeal of his passion and death. One should always be very cautious when approaching a gospel text because of that which, at first glance, seems to be a chronicle of facts, but at closer look, often reveals itself as a text of theology drawn up according to the canons of biblical language. The account of the Transfiguration of Jesus reported almost identically by Mark and Luke is an example.