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The Cosmic Dimension of the Resurrection

The Cosmic Dimension of the Resurrection

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was once asked by a critic: “What are you trying to do? Why all this talk about atoms and molecules when you are speaking about Jesus Christ?”  His answer: I am trying to formulate a Christology large enough to incorporate Christ because Christ is not just an anthropological event but a cosmic phenomenon as well.

 

 
Interpreting Reality

Interpreting Reality

by: P. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, SJ - Diego Fares, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Articles,

This previously unpublished text is a set of notes intended for further study. It can be dated between the end of 1987 and the middle of 1988, when Fr. Bergoglio was working on his thesis on Romano Guardini and was examining the use of Marxist analysis in the interpretation of reality, which he saw as an example of how obsolete categories are eventually superseded by reality.

Cross and Resurrection

Cross and Resurrection

by: La Civiltà Cattolica in Articles,

By contemplating Jesus on the Cross, the full meaning of his words becomes clear: “I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father” (John 14:31). The dramatic fulfillment of an existence lived in obedience to the Father among the people is the most luminous revelation of God’s love for the Son and for us. And it is a love without reserve, which awaits no response other than to be welcomed.

It is healthy to Love your Life

It is healthy to Love your Life

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Among people of faith, there is the notion that if you are person of deep faith you can easily renounce the things of this world, see the world for all its ephemerality, not cling to things, and die more peacefully. Not true. That is naïve, at least a lot of the time.

An Unlikely Affinity

An Unlikely Affinity

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

One of Dorothy Day’s favorite saints was Therese of Lisieux, Therese Martin, the saint we call “the Little Flower”. At first glance, this might look like a strange affinity.  Dorothy Day was the ultimate activist for justice, protesting in the streets, being arrested, going to prison, and starting a community and a newspaper, the Catholic Worker, in service of the poor.

Building bridges - Lenten Reflection

Building bridges - Lenten Reflection

by: James Martin - The Tablet in Articles,

Many years ago, I lived in a Jesuit community (which no longer exists) where someone disliked me. Of course people in religious orders are like everyone else: they like some people but not others. And I’m not perfect by a long shot, so I don’t expect everyone to cotton to me. But this was on a different level. Perhaps a better way to put it would be to say that he despised me. For several years, he refused to speak to me.

To Seek and Find the Will of God

To Seek and Find the Will of God

by: Giandomenico Mucci, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Articles,

St. Ignatius of Loyola describes the task assigned to those who preach and receive the Spiritual Exercises thus: “To seek and to find the divine will in the orientation of your life for the sake of the salvation of your soul.”After disposing yourself to desire the purification of your heart, in doing the exercises you must fight to realize this supreme aim. This is the goal of the Christian life itself.

Opening Our Secrets to the Light

Opening Our Secrets to the Light

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

You are as sick as your sickest secret! That’s a wise axiom. What’s sick in us will remain sick unless we open it up to others and to the light of day. As long as it’s a secret, it’s a sickness. However, perhaps the problem is not with what we keep secret, but that we keep it secret. Maybe the sickness is the secret rather than what we deem to be sick.

Can physics prove if God exists?

Can physics prove if God exists?

by: Monica Grady, The Open University - BBC in Articles,

 I still believed in God (I am now an atheist) when I heard the following question at a seminar, first posed by Einstein, and was stunned by its elegance and depth: "If there is a God who created the entire universe and ALL of its laws of physics, does God follow God's own laws?

An Invitation to Something Higher

An Invitation to Something Higher

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

In 1986, Czechoslovakian novelist Ivan Klima published a series of autobiographical essays entitled, My First Loves. These essays describe some of his moral struggles as a young agnostic seeking for answers without any explicit moral framework within which to frame those struggles. He’s a young man, full of sexual passion, but hesitant to act out sexually, even as all his peers, men and women, seemingly do not share that same reticence.

The Imperialism of the Human Soul

The Imperialism of the Human Soul

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

In his autobiography, Nikos Kazantzakis shares how in his youth he was driven by a restlessness that had him searching for something he could never quite define. However, he made peace with his lack of peace because he accepted that, given the nature of the soul, he was supposed to feel that restlessness and that a healthy soul is a driven soul.

Doctrine: At the Service of the Pastoral Mission of the Church

Doctrine: At the Service of the Pastoral Mission of the Church

by: Thomas P. Rausch, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Articles,

Saint Vincent of Lerins posed the following question in the fifth century“Can there be progress in the religion of the Church of Christ?” Today, we can phrase the question in the following wayHow is the precious deposit of faith guarded and transmitted through time? How can we speak of a “development of doctrine?”

Our Unconscious Search for God

Our Unconscious Search for God

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

How do we search for God? It is easy to misunderstand what that means. We are forever searching for God, though mostly without knowing it. Usually, we think of our search for God as a conscious religious search, as something we do out of a spiritual side of ourselves.

God cannot Tell a Lie

God cannot Tell a Lie

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Lying is the most pernicious of evils, the most dangerous of sins, the worst of blasphemes, and the one sin that can be unforgivable. Perhaps we need to be reminded of that today, given our present culture where we are in danger of losing the very idea of reality and truth. Nothing is more dangerous.

Sixteen Centuries of St. Jerome

Sixteen Centuries of St. Jerome

by: Dominik Markl, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Articles,

Jerome has been one of the most influential Bible scholars in the history of Christianity. He was the first to translate most of the biblical texts into Latin, and his translation, known as the Vulgate, was commonly accepted as authoritative in the Christian West for more than a millennium. 

Jesus Never Imposes: ‘Amoris Laetitia’, discernment, and Christian maturity

Jesus Never Imposes: ‘Amoris Laetitia’, discernment, and Christian maturity

by: Pietro M. Schiavone, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Articles,

“It is important to observe,” writes the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, “that Amoris Laetitia (AL) reminds us above all of God’s mercy and compassion, rather than solely moral regulations and canonical rules.” This is a theme that Pope Francis has been repeating since the beginning of his pontificate.

Grieving Death

Grieving Death

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Most of us are familiar with the story of Zorba the Greek, either through Nikos Kazantzakis’ famous book or through the movie. Well, Zorba was not a fictional character. He was a real person, Alexis Zorba, who had such a larger-than-life personality and energy that when he died, Kazantzakis found his death very difficult to accept, incredulous that such energy, verve, and color were mortal.

The Emotions and Affections of Jesus: An analysis of the Synoptic Gospels

The Emotions and Affections of Jesus: An analysis of the Synoptic Gospels

by: Vincenzo Anselmo, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Articles,

In this article we will try to open a window onto the interiority of Jesus as transmitted to us in the Synoptic Gospels. The most vivid and nuanced description of Jesus’ emotions and affections is found in the Gospel of Mark. Matthew and Luke are more sober but no less significant in portraying the interiority of the Son of God.

What is love asking for us now?

What is love asking for us now?

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

“You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” Anne Lamott. Those are words worth contemplating, on all sides of the political and religious divide today. We live in a time of bitter division.

The Emergence of Religion in Human Evolution

The Emergence of Religion in Human Evolution

by: Johan Verschueren,SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Articles,

A new volume, The Emergence of Religion in Human Evolution, tries to give an initial answer to this question. The study was born from the collaboration between Margaret Boone Rappaport, an American biologist and cultural anthropologist specializing in human cognitive evolution, and Christopher J. Corbally, a British astronomer and Jesuit priest, member of the research group of the Specola Vaticana at Castel Gandolfo, near Rome. Both scientists work in Tucson, Arizona (USA).