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Language as Opening Or Closing Our Minds

Language as Opening Or Closing Our Minds

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Thirty years ago, the American Educator, Allan Bloom, wrote a book entitled, The Closing of the American Mind. This was his thesis:  In our secularized world today our language is becoming ever-more empirical, one-dimensional, and devoid of depth and this is closing our minds by stripping us of the deeper meanings inside our own experience.  For Bloom, how we name an experience determines to a large extent its meaning.

 
Experiences that Inspired a psychiatrist to create a 'wordless' book

Experiences that Inspired a psychiatrist to create a 'wordless' book

by: Sheila Hollins - The Tablet in Articles,

When he was young, my son struggled to acquire language but would happily watch silent movies and leaf through children’s picture books. I discovered that if I drew a cartoon strip and showed it to him, I could help him to understand and prepare for a family event or an outing to the park. When I didn’t take the time to do this, if something unexpected happened, it would lead to a tantrum or worse.

The Blessing of Ageing

The Blessing of Ageing

by: Rachel Walker-The Tablet in Articles,

The Church can offer a message of encouragement to all of us to recognise and cherish the blessings of ageing, which, in turn, will help to overcome some of the challenges. Parishes can play a vital role in this by highlighting how older people can help us all to value the precious gift of life and prompt us to live that life fully.

Achievement versus Froutfulness

Achievement versus Froutfulness

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

There’s a real difference between our achievements and our fruitfulness, between our successes and the actual good that we bring into the world. What we achieve brings us success, gives us a sense of pride, makes our families and friends proud of us, and gives us a feeling of being worthwhile, singular, and important.

The Diana legacy

The Diana legacy

by: Catherine Pepinster-The Tablet in Articles,

Britain’s very public grief: How the loss of Princess Diana changed our response to death. In the summer of 1997 I was – like many people at the time – more than a little intrigued by Princess Diana. My day began with scanning the papers, and they were brimming with stories about Diana. Like many women, I sympathised with her over her problems with her ex-husband, her difficulties with the former in-laws, and her desire to be the best possible mother to her two young sons.

Our Utmost in dealing with our Faith

Our Utmost in dealing with our Faith

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

The complexity of adulthood inevitably puts to death the naiveté of childhood. And this is true too of our faith. Not that faith is a naiveté. It isn’t. But our faith needs to be constantly reintegrated into our persons and matched up anew against our life’s experience; otherwise we will find it at odds with our life. But genuine faith can stand up to every kind of experience, no matter its complexity.

Suicide - Redeeming the Memory of a Loved One

Suicide - Redeeming the Memory of a Loved One

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

One year ago, virtually everyone who knew him was stunned by the suicide death of the most prominent American Hispanic theologian that we have produced up to now, Virgilio Elizondo. Moreover, Virgil wasn’t just a very gifted, pioneering theologian, he was also a beloved priest and a warm, trusted friend to countless people.

The Gospel Challenge to Enjoy our Lives

The Gospel Challenge to Enjoy our Lives

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Joy is an infallible indication of God’s presence, just as the cross is an infallible indication of Christian discipleship. What a paradox! And Jesus is to blame. Like any loving parent, God wants his children to flourish in their lives, to make the sacrifices necessary to be responsible and altruistic, but not to see those sacrifices themselves as the real reason for being given life.

 


Inchoate Desire

Inchoate Desire

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Yes, our lives, with all their tensions, restlessness, youthful immaturities, adult depressions, cold lonely seasons, times of doubt, times of desperation, breakdowns, and occasional irresponsible exuberance will surely be marked by flirtations and encounters that seem to exhibit desires that are not for the bread of life. But, they are, ultimately, and one day they will find and know their full consummation.

Christianity and Noon-Day Fatigue

Christianity and Noon-Day Fatigue

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,
There’s a popular notion which suggests that it can be helpful to compare every century of Christianity’s existence to one year of life. That would make Christianity twenty-one years old, a young twenty-one, grown-up enough to exhibit a basic maturity but still far from a finished product. How insightful is this notion
To Whom Can We Go?

To Whom Can We Go?

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

“To whom else shall we go? You have the message of eternal life.” Peter says these words to Jesus. But they are spoken in a very conflicted context: Jesus had just said something that upset and offended his audience and the gospels tell us that everyone walked away grumbling that what Jesus was teaching was “intolerable”. 

Fear of the News

Fear of the News

by: Catherine Vale-The Tablet in Articles,

There is a well-known quote from US children’s television host, Fred Rogers, which often circulates on social media in the wake of horrific events: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping’.” 

Step back from the hard brexit brink

Step back from the hard brexit brink

by: The Tablet - June 9, 2017 in Articles,

This general election campaign was supposed to be about Britain leaving the European Union – Brexit – but was instead dominated by security issues, where Theresa May’s Government had a lot of explaining to do. Now Brexit looms large, with the opening negotiations only days away. Yet for all the talk, the issues are not much clearer.  

 The Tablet Interview - Once a Catholic...

The Tablet Interview - Once a Catholic...

by: Peter Stanford - The Tablet in Articles,

The Tablet Interview - Once a Catholic... screenwriter and renowned TV producer Jimmy Mc­Govern talks to Peter Stanford. He might have lost his faith, but as the Liverpudlian scriptwriter tells Peter Stanford, his stories reflect a deep and sympathetic fascination with Catholicism. 

When Does Fatih Disappear?

When Does Fatih Disappear?

by: Ron Rolheiser in Articles,

How is belief different from faith? In normal, everyday parlance to say that we believe something to be true means that we are able to square that truth with our imagination, that is, we are able to somehow circumscribe it imaginatively so that it makes sense to us.

A theology in dialogue

A theology in dialogue

by: Céline Hoyeau - La Croix International in Articles,

“In a highly secularized country, theology has a capacity to listen to contemporary requests and to enter into dialogue with society,” he says, noting the academic exchanges between theologians and specialists in other discipline.

'Monks have been involved in politics throughout history'

'Monks have been involved in politics throughout history'

by: Margaret Hebblethwaite - The Tablet in Articles,
“Monks have been involved in politics throughout history,” said Vázquez, in an interview with Religion Digital. “St Bernard, who is the teacher of the Cistercian order, was a man who always had a lot of interest in transforming the situation so that people’s lives should be improved, and I believe that this is the desire of a monk: the monastic life in reality is a school for connecting a person with his heart, with compassion; and, in some way, politics reminds us of this.” 
The Church must be ready to change

The Church must be ready to change

by: The Tablet - 11 May 2017 in Articles,

It is reasonable to interpret the natural world as a revelation of the divine – its very rationality in particular – but God’s Creation was not a scientific moment, and Br Consolmagno warns against treating it as such. Arguing from the Big Bang to theism, or indeed to intelligent design, is unsound. 

The Gift of Tongues

The Gift of Tongues

by: John Cosgrove - The Tablet in Articles,

Unlocking the potential of pupils for whom English is not their first language is often a daunting challenge for teachers. But with care and good preparation, miracles can be achieved. Schools are under huge pressure from a dramatic rise in the number of children from European migrants’ families, official figures show, and many teachers feel unprepared to teach children with English as an Additional Language (EAL).