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Reconciliation and Relationship, a Fruitful Pairing

Reconciliation and Relationship, a Fruitful Pairing

by: Mario Imperatori, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Articles,

The term reconciliation offers a splendid insight into our relational character as humans. Reconciliation always presupposes a preceding relational rupture. It is well known that contemporary philosophical reflection, thanks above all to personalism, has widely re-evaluated the notion of relationship, putting it in connection with that of identity and thus making a decisive contribution to overcoming interpretations of identity uncritically based on modern individualism and subjectivism, which understandably struggled to account for the anthropological relevance of reconciliation.

Multitasking: Opportunity or Weakness?

Multitasking: Opportunity or Weakness?

by: Giovanni Cucci, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Articles,

A significant feature of contemporary culture is the wealth of opportunity available to us, not least due to the increasing speed and power of technology. A term often used in this sphere is multitasking, which symbolically expresses both a mentality and an ideal: the possibility of carrying out concurrently an ever greater number of tasks, commitments and relationships. This is a wonderful possibility that was unthinkable until a few decades ago.

Business, Society and the Human Community

Business, Society and the Human Community

by: Étienne Perrot, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Articles,

 Somewhere between “society” and “community,” the concept of “living together” is still searching for its right formula, as can be seen in settings like the family, religious associations, sport and work teams, and in the Church or in business. Indeed, Jürgen Habermas argued that community or society are not alternatives. In every human life, both are necessary.

 
In Exile - Marking an Anniversary

In Exile - Marking an Anniversary

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Forty years ago in November of 1982, I began writing this column while a doctoral student in Belgium. I chose to call it “In Exile” for two reasons.  Superficially, I chose this title because I was living in Europe, far from much of what I considered as home. While I was not pretending to be Robert Browning, writing Home-Thoughts, From Abroad, I did take an amateur’s delight in the small parallel.

CAN ANYTHING GOOD COME FROM OKARCHE OKLAHOMA?

CAN ANYTHING GOOD COME FROM OKARCHE OKLAHOMA?

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

It is not enough merely to have saints; we need saints for our times! An insightful comment from Simone Weil. The saints of old have much to offer; but we look at their goodness, faith, and selflessness and find it easier to admire them than to imitate them. Their lives and their circumstances seem so removed from our own that we easily distance ourselves from them.

Workaholism and Greed

Workaholism and Greed

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

There’s only one addiction for which we are praised – overworking. With every other addiction, concerned others are looking to put you into a clinic or into a recovery program, but if your addiction is work, generally it’s seen as virtue. I know of what I speak. I’m a “recovering workaholic”, and not exactly in full sobriety at the moment. However, I recognize the disease. Here are its symptoms: we are forever short of time with too many things to do. Our days are too short.

 

 

RISKING GOD’S MERCY

RISKING GOD’S MERCY

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Yes, he said, he did have a regret, a major one: “If I had my priesthood to do over again, I would be easier on people the next time. I wouldn’t be so stingy with God’s mercy, with the sacraments, and with forgiveness. You see what was drilled into me in my formation was the phrase, The truth will set you free, and I believed that it was my responsibility to challenge people to protect that. That’s good, but...

Reconciliation and Relationship, a Fruitful Pairing

Reconciliation and Relationship, a Fruitful Pairing

by: Mario Imperatori, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Articles,

The term reconciliation offers a splendid insight into our relational character as humans. Reconciliation always presupposes a preceding relational rupture. It is well known that contemporary philosophical reflection, thanks above all to personalism, has widely re-evaluated the notion of relationship, putting it in connection with that of identity and thus making a decisive contribution to overcoming interpretations of identity uncritically based on modern individualism and subjectivism, which understandably struggled to account for the anthropological relevance of reconciliation.

Slavery and its Aftermath

Slavery and its Aftermath

by: Patrick J. Ryan, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Articles,

 All three European powers, Netherland, Portugal and Britain, traded with coastal and inland African populations who sold them human beings, often captives in war. Approximately 18 million Africans were taken from Africa between 1500 and 1900, but only 11 million crossed the Atlantic; others were taken across the Sahara to North Africa and the Middle East or across the Indian Ocean to slave markets in southwest Asia.

Writing your Own Obituary

Writing your Own Obituary

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

There comes a time in life when it’s time to stop writing your resume and begin to write your obituary. I’m not sure who first coined that line, but there’s wisdom in it. What’s the difference between a resume and an obituary? Well, the former details your achievements, the latter expresses how you want to be remembered and what kind of oxygen and blessing you want to leave behind.