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Nightmare on Downing Street: An enfeebled Government face political challenges on an unprecedented scale

Nightmare on Downing Street: An enfeebled Government face political challenges on an unprecedented scale

by: Julia Langdon - The Tablet in Articles,

It is impossible to predict what might happen next. Working all these years at Westminster, I have witnessed many crises, sat on the edge of my seat many times, wondering how each in a succession of prime ministers will weather the political trials they face – but doing so somehow always with a confident sense that right will prevail.

The toots of Jewish humour go back to the bible

The toots of Jewish humour go back to the bible

by: Jeremy Dauber - The Tablet in Articles,

If laughter is based on knowledge and understanding (you can only truly laugh at a joke if you’re in on it enough to get it), then it seems to follow that the kind of laughter the Bible does prize is that of those who are in sync with the divine plan for the world, and who are on the right side of God’s covenant. 

The role of Parents in relationships education

The role of Parents in relationships education

by: Robert Colquhoun - 40 Days for Life in Articles,

 “Since they have conferred life on their children, parents have the original, primary and inalienable right to educate them… in conformity with their moral and religious convictions”

God’s counter-revolution: faith in the Soviet Union

God’s counter-revolution: faith in the Soviet Union

by: Dominic Erdozain-The Tablet in Articles,

Shortly after the Russian Civil War, Leon Trotsky, the People’s Commissar of Military and Naval Affairs, sent a vexed note to the Soviet Politburo: “There is a church outside my window. Out of 10 passers-by … at least seven, if not eight, cross themselves when they walk past. And many of those who walk past are Red Army soldiers.”

God's Closeness

God's Closeness

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

There’s a growing body of literature today that chronicles the experience of persons who were clinically dead for a period of time (minutes or hours) and were medically resuscitated and brought back to life.  Many of us, for example, are familiar with Dr. Eben Alexander’s book, Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife.

Paralysis, Exasperation, and Helplessness as Prayer.

Paralysis, Exasperation, and Helplessness as Prayer.

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

 When we are exasperated and driven to our knees by a tragedy which is too painful and senseless to accept and absorb our groans of helplessness are in fact the Spirit of God groaning in us, suffering all that it isn’t, yearning for goodness, beseeching God in a language beyond words.

From Scotland to Sicily: A Protestant appreciation of catholicity

From Scotland to Sicily: A Protestant appreciation of catholicity

by: William Storrar-La Croix Internationale in Articles,

 Amongst the greatest evils of our century must be counted the fact that the churches are so divided one from another that there is scarcely even a human relationship between us; at all events there is not the shining light of that holy fellowship of the members of Christ, of which many boast in word, but which few seek sincerely indeed.

A plea for the soul

A plea for the soul

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

To be more in touch with our souls we might examine an older language, the language that religion, poets, mythologists, and lovers used before today’s dominant materialism turned our language about the soul into the language of chemistry and mechanism. We cannot understand the soul through any scientific description but only by looking at its behavior, its insatiability, its dissatisfactions, and its protests. A soul isn’t explained, it’s experienced.

Do we have a true idea of God, or just a distortion?

Do we have a true idea of God, or just a distortion?

by: Father William Grimm-UCAN in Articles,
Endo's error, and our's Do we have a true idea of God, or just a distortion? In the Japanese Catholic novelist Shusaku Endo's novel Silence and the film version of it by Martin Scorsese, an apostate Jesuit priest in 17th-century Japan tells his protege that the mission to Japan has failed, not because of persecution, but because Japanese Christians did not actually come to believe what the missionaries had taught.
Seize the special day

Seize the special day

by: Bernard Cotter-The Tablet in Articles,

The parish is the perfect venue for evangelisation, but the opportunities that present themselves have to be grasped. It helps if everyone who deals with the public is tuned in to these opportunities. St Francis de Sales (a patron of communication) taught that you catch more flies with a spoonful of honey than a barrel full of vinegar.

Faith is born of a personal encounter

Faith is born of a personal encounter

by: The Tablet October 2017 in Articles,

The original disciples did not come to recognise the divinity of Jesus Christ as a result of reading a theological textbook. They did so by reflecting prayerfully on their personal experience of his life and discussing (and no doubt arguing) amongst themselves about what he had said and how and why he had died – and what came after. 

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.