News in Youth

Cardinal turns on the lights and raises ire of Italian politician

Cardinal turns on the lights and raises ire of Italian politician

by: Catholic News Service in Activities,

Back in Rome less than 24 hours after visiting refugees in camps in Greece, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski turned on some lights and found himself being threatened by Italy's deputy prime minister. Salvini said the occupants of the building owed the electric company 300,000 euros and he would be sending the cardinal the bill.

Language, Symbols, and Self-Understanding

Language, Symbols, and Self-Understanding

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

A reporter once asked two men at the construction site where a church was being built what each did for a living. The first man replied: “I’m a bricklayer.” The second said: “I’m building a cathedral!”  How we name an experience largely determines its meaning.

Vietnam cathedral's demolition

Vietnam cathedral's demolition

by: ucanews.com reporter, Hanoi in Activities,

Architects have asked church leaders in Vietnam’s oldest diocese to conserve an iconic cathedral instead of pulling it down for a new one. But local Catholics and government authorities have backed the diocese’s plan to demolish 134-year-old Bui Chu Cathedral on May 13. Bui Chu Cathedral is as old as Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City and St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Hanoi.

Who Goes to Hell and Who Doesn't?

Who Goes to Hell and Who Doesn't?

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Hell is never a nasty surprise waiting for a basically happy person.  Nor is it necessarily a predicable ending for an unhappy, bitter person. Can a happy, warm-hearted person go to hell? Can an unhappy, bitter person go to heaven? That’s all contingent upon how we understand hell and how we read the human heart.

Philippine church gets its very own 'Sistine Chapel

Philippine church gets its very own 'Sistine Chapel

by: Charlie Saceda, Bantayan Island - UCAN in Activities,

 On the island of Bantayan in the central Philippines, artists were adding the finishing touches to a mural on the ceiling of the island's old church days before Holy Week. The church's priest, Joselito Enriquez Danao in 2016, when he was assigned to the Saints Peter and Paul Parish on the island, started the concept of “dibuho kisame,” which literally means "ceiling painting."

Beyond Mysticism

Beyond Mysticism

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

“I’m a practicing mystic!” A woman said that in one of my classes some years ago and it raised lots of eyebrows. I was teaching a class in mysticism and asked the students why the topic of mysticism interested them.

The Month of May

The Month of May

by: Angel Moreno - CiudadRedonda in Activities,

In many Christian communities the month of May is especially linked to the cult of the Virgin Mary. The "prayer of flowers" is an exercise in popular piety, an invocation addressed to the Mother of Jesus: "Come, and let us all go with flowers to Mary, who is our Mother."

Ascending, Descending, and Just Keeping Steady

Ascending, Descending, and Just Keeping Steady

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Different spiritualities stress one or the other of these: the ascent, the descent, or (less commonly) maintenance, but a good spirituality will stress all three: Train your eyes upward, don’t forget to look downward, and keep your feet planted firmly on the ground.

And All Manner of Being  Shall Be Well

And All Manner of Being Shall Be Well

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

We are all, I suspect, familiar with the famous expression from Julian of Norwich, now an axiom in our language. She once famously wrote: In the end all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of being shall be well. To which Oscar Wilde is reported to have added: “And if it isn’t well, then it’s still not the end”