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Commentary to the 33th Sunday in Ordinary Time -B-

Commentary to the 33th Sunday in Ordinary Time -B-

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Activities,

The anxieties, pains, the groans of the dying prelude the imminent death; the pangs of a woman in labor herald the beginning of a new life. Jesus taught us the proper perspective: “When these things begin to happen, stand erect and lift up your heads, for your deliverance is drawing near” (Lk 21:28). “The fate of the world is in God’s hands, so I look up.” 

Faith and Levity

Faith and Levity

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Shusaku Endo, the Japanese author of the classic novel, Silence (upon which Martin Scorsese based his movie) was a Catholic who didn’t always find his native land, Japan, sympathetic to his faith. He was misunderstood but kept his balance and good heart by placing a high value on levity.

A Right Way of Dying

A Right Way of Dying

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

I do not want to die from some medical condition; I want to die from death! Ivan Illich wrote that. What’s meant here? Don’t we all die from death? Of course, in reality that’s what we all die from, but in our idea of things, most often, we die from a medical condition or from bad luck through cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, or as the victim of an accident.  Sometimes, because of how we think of death, we do die from a medical condition.

The last taboo – loneliness: increasing numbers of people experience its debilitating effects

The last taboo – loneliness: increasing numbers of people experience its debilitating effects

by: Maggie Fergusson - The Tablet in Articles,

Today, increasing numbers of lonely people are experiencing something close to this hell. The United Kingdom’s statistics are overwhelming. In the past two years, Childline counsellors have noticed a rise in the number of children – some as young as six – contacting them to complain of loneliness, with triggers including feeling “invisible”, feeling “ugly and unpopular” as a result of comparing themselves with others on social media, and having an illness or disability.

A dance to the music of eternity

A dance to the music of eternity

by: Alban McCoy - The Tablet in Book Review,

The Shattering of Loneliness is the fruit of that pursuit and learning: and there is much learning of a scholarly kind to be found in this former Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge, all lightly worn and always helpfully serving the overall purpose of his book, offered to the reader “companionably, as an invitation to set out”.

Rejoice, be glad, and act

Rejoice, be glad, and act

by: It is a source of great joy when a bishop, priest or religious speaks out in solidarity with victims of human rights abusesRejoice, be glad, and act Religious priests and nuns join a protest march in Manila on Sept. 21. (Photo Vincent Go) Edita Burgo in Activities,

It is a source of great joy when a bishop, priest or religious speaks out in solidarity with victims of human rights abuses. " A few weeks after the abduction of my son Jonas, I joined a group of relatives of victims of enforced disappearances along with a few priests and nuns to have a dialogue with a number of bishops."

Jean Vanier's '10 rules for life to become more human'

Jean Vanier's '10 rules for life to become more human'

by: Edward Kendall - The Tablet in Expressions,

Jean Vanier, the Canadian philosopher and theologian and the founder of L'Arche communities, turned ninety this week. To commemorate the occasion he released a YouTube video laying out his “ten rules for life to become more human” by sharing his thoughts on life and on growing older. He speaks about success, vulnerability, listening, fear and love. 

The 'wealth' of the church

The 'wealth' of the church

by: Father Elias Ayuban Jr., CMF- UCAN in Articles,

Richness does not lie in the structures, but in its members, with special mention to the most needy and vulnerable. It is my hope that my reflections will evoke in you a similar sense of thanksgiving and belonging without, of course, denying our flaws and lack of perfection.

The people’s sacrament

The people’s sacrament

by: David Grumett-The Tablet in Articles,

Nowhere is the truth that we live in a consumer society clearer than in the Eucharist. In several Christian denominations, frequent reception of the consecrated host is far more common now than 50 years ago. At Mass, often only the priest received it, while the laity remained in their places in prayerful contemplation. This now seems strange.