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Where is Easter hope for Egypt's terrorized Christians?

Where is Easter hope for Egypt's terrorized Christians?

by: Bruno Frappat - La Croix International in Articles,

They will not see the Paschal season through and have been deprived of the resurrection and joy of Easter Sunday.What is there left for hope in the wake of such an event, a tragedy that could so easily inspire vengeful thoughts in those confronted with such evil that God has allowed to be committed against his own? What fragment of joy is there to be found in this infernal scene of dereliction?

"Leadership Isn't About Being Great, Its About Enabling Others To Be Great"?

"Leadership Isn't About Being Great, Its About Enabling Others To Be Great"?

by: David McQueen - Twitter @theleadersshipp in Articles,

As I sipped on my tea at a mentoring session last week, a long term colleague and friend posed a question: "How Can I Be A Great Leader?!"  I gave the question some more thought - with seven words he had really got my mind racing! I finally responded: "Leadership isn't about being great. It's about enabling others to be great." 

Ever wondered why we laugh?

Ever wondered why we laugh?

by: Ciara McCarthy - Varsity.co.uk in Articles,

Babies first laugh when they are between two and six months old. This is triggered by surprise in an environment in which they feel safe: think peek-a-boo. Even congenitally deaf and blind children laugh, suggesting that the ability to laugh is something we are born with rather than learn from the behaviour of those around us.

Social media and mental health: friends or foes?

Social media and mental health: friends or foes?

by: Electra Wallington -Varsity.co.uk in Articles,

Electra Wallington asks whether social media helps or hinders mental health. "This obsession over the way we present ourselves, and the ever-blurring distinction between what’s real and what’s fake, also brings with it intense over-analysis"

Understanding Pope Francis

Understanding Pope Francis

by: Cardinal Vicent Nichols - rcdow.org.uk - The Tablet in Articles,
Pope Francis has made it clear what he wants to achieve in and for the Church. In his apostolic letter, Misericordia et Misera, issued at the end of the Year of Mercy last November, he speaks of “a perennial activity of pastoral conversion and witness to mercy”. He speaks of generating a “culture of mercy” in the Church. This, it seems to me, is Francis’ real programme.
 
The temptation of omnipotence

The temptation of omnipotence

by: Daniel Duigou - International.lacroix in Articles,

The first temptation: Jesus refuses to be self-sufficient. What constitutes a man is to accept being dependent — without submission — on others, on their wishes.The second temptation: Jesus refuses to take power over others. What makes a man is the fact of making others free.The third temptation: Jesus refuses to take the others hostage. What constitutes a man is respect for others. Matthew shows that, like Jesus, despite the desire for omnipotence

Catholics are again Scotland’s oppressed minority

Catholics are again Scotland’s oppressed minority

by: Kevin McKenna - The Guardian in Articles,

Catholics are again Scotland’s oppressed minority. As we proudly welcome the world’s oppressed, a campaign of harassment is being waged at home. Curiously, as Scotland lays palms before the feet of all new minorities and gathers the world’s oppressed to its breast, a campaign of harassment and intimidation is being waged to silence and alienate the country’s biggest minority.

Of Winners and Losers

Of Winners and Losers

by: Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Our society tends to divide us up into winners and losers. Sadly, we don’t often reflect on how this affects our relationships with each other, nor on what it means for us as Christians.

Westminster through the looking glass: Parliament back to front post Brexit

Westminster through the looking glass: Parliament back to front post Brexit

by: Julia Langdon - The Tablet in Articles,

As Kenneth Clarke evoked the idea of Alice in Wonderland during the historic debate on Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU) at the end of last month, he did so with the intention of mocking the surreal fantasy world imagined by those who believe that the country’s future course will be an easy one.

Embittered Moralizing

Embittered Moralizing

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

One of the dangers inherent in trying to live out a life of Christian fidelity is that we are prone to become embittered moralizers, older brothers of the prodigal son, angry and jealous at God’s over-generous mercy, bitter because persons who wander and stray can so easily access the heavenly banquet table.

Here are seven ways you can keep fighting for justice in 2017

Here are seven ways you can keep fighting for justice in 2017

by: Ijeoma Oluo - The Guardian in Articles,

No matter how much we’d like to hide in our homes for the next four years, we know that we cannot do that. We must fight for equality and justice. But the question is: how? What action can we take in the aftermath of such a heartbreaking defeat? 

A saint for our time, now in the making

A saint for our time, now in the making

by: Vicky Cosstick - The Tablet in Articles,

Dorothy Day was ambivalent herself. “I don’t want to be a saint,” she famously said, “I don’t want to be dismissed that easily.” She would also say: “I wish they might wait until I am dead.” Day never wanted the focus to be on her, as Pat and Kathleen Jordan, who helped to care for in her last years, confirm. She always wanted it to be on the Gospel.

The Advent Challenge : A People of Hope

The Advent Challenge : A People of Hope

by: Eleanor Hill - Youth 2000 in Articles,

I want Advent to be different. I really want to try and value these next few weeks, to realise why God is giving us this time to prepare, and most importantly, to discover how this season is relevant to my life right now. As I sat and prayed about all this, I realised what an amazing this time could be, how much it could impact my relationship with God, if I let it.

The Future is More: 500 Years of Utopia

The Future is More: 500 Years of Utopia

by: Laura Gascoigne - The Tablet in Articles,

If you are English you may be unaware that 2016 is the quincentenary of the publication of Thomas More’s Utopia. In More’s native London, the anniversary has passed almost unnoticed, apart from a few low-key events at Somerset House. But the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Flanders has gone to town on it, with a programme of no less than 78 Utopia-themed projects.

The Virtues of Saint John XXIII

The Virtues of Saint John XXIII

by: Bishop Robert Barron - World on Fire Blog in Articles,

In 2014, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (Pope John XXIII) was recognized as a saint of the Catholic Church, and may God be praised for it! No one with the slightest amount of historical sensibility would doubt that he was a figure of enormous significance and truly global impact. What is it that made this man worthy particularly of canonization, of being “raised to the altars” throughout the Catholic world? 

Is globalisation the cause of, or the cure for, our problems?

Is globalisation the cause of, or the cure for, our problems?

by: Francis Campbell - The Tablet in Articles,

Professor Dani Rodrik of Harvard, writing in his book, The Globalization Paradox, describes the current phase of globalisation as hyper-globalisation, fuelled by an unprecedented burst in technological change. This, and the domination of free-market thinking in the aftermath of the Cold War, has fuelled it. The world now appears to be altering faster than at any time in its history.

Aging, Retirement and Christianity

Aging, Retirement and Christianity

by: Edward Vacek SJ - Thinking Faith in Articles,

The phenomenon of an aging population tends to be analysed through an economic lens and the issue of care for the elderly is often used as a political football. But how often do we step back and think clearly about our hopes and expectations for old age?

Deep and complex discussions about science are a vital  part of excellent RE

Deep and complex discussions about science are a vital part of excellent RE

by: Lauren Nicholson-Ward-The Tablet in Articles,
Deep and complex discussions about science are a vital  part of excellent RE
In the world of education, ideas marketed as innovations are often old hat. When “cross-curricular” became the latest in a series of evermore cringe-inducing buzzwords, many teachers shook their heads and rolled their eyes, reminding each other that collaborative links between subjects had always existed. 
 
The world is getting more religious, because the poor go for God

The world is getting more religious, because the poor go for God

by: Giles Fraser-The Guardian in Articles,

Religion itself thrives in places where liberal individualism fails. That’s the real clash of civilisations. By 2010, there were 2.2 billion Christians in the world and 1.6 billion Muslims, 31% and 23% of the world population respectively. The secularisation hypothesis is a European myth, a piece of myopic parochialism that shows how narrow our worldview continues to be.

Youth Today - Who are They Realy?

Youth Today - Who are They Realy?

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

A seminarian I know recently went to a party on a Friday evening at a local university campus. The group was a crowd of young, college students and when he was introduced as a seminarian, as someone who was trying to become a priest and who had taken a vow of celibacy, the mention of celibacy evoked some giggles in the room, some banter, and a number of jokes about how much he must be missing out on in life.