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Love, not Excuses, Moves things Forward

Love, not Excuses, Moves things Forward

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

 The excusable doesn’t need to be excused and the inexcusable cannot be excused. Michael Buckley wrote those words commenting on Peter’s triple betrayal of Jesus. Here’s the context. Peter had betrayed Jesus in his most needy hour, not out of malice, simply out of weakness. Now, facing Jesus for the first time since that betrayal, Peter is understandably uncomfortable. What do you say after betraying someone?

The World Economy Emerges From Covid And Goes To War

The World Economy Emerges From Covid And Goes To War

by: Fernando de la Iglesia Viguiristi SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Articles,

We are going through a time of great uncertainty. For more than two years, the pandemic has been shaking the foundations of the world economy. No one could have foreseen or anticipated the impact on the production of goods, as well as on transport. In addition, in recent months there have been continuous tensions in energy markets, which are going through a difficult and costly transition to carbon neutrality, as well as with raw materials, whose prices are soaring due to increasing  demand.

Spirituality - A Place Where all Believers can Come Together

Spirituality - A Place Where all Believers can Come Together

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Where can all of us believers come together beyond the divisions created by history, dogma, denomination, and religion? Where is there a place all people of sincere heart can find common ground and worship together? That place is found in the ecumenical and inter-religious pursuit of spirituality, and our theology schools and seminaries need to create this place within their academic vision and structures.

Maneging an Ascension

Maneging an Ascension

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

A friend of mine, somewhat cynical about the church, recently remarked: “What the institutional church today is trying to do is to put its best face on the fact that it’s dying. Basically, it’s trying to manage a death.”

Progress and Collapse

Progress and Collapse

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

 Among the Enlightenment’s legacy there is an idea that spanned the centuries and penetrated deeply into the mentality of people in the West. It is the idea of progress, the idea of moving toward our cultural, moral and material best, especially thanks to the successes of science and technology. This idea shaped much of modern European history; it nourished hope and political ideologies; it spread trust in the future.

Fear of Missing Out

Fear of Missing Out

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

 It’s hard for a child to have to go to bed in the middle of an evening when the rest of the family is still celebrating. Nobody wants to go to bed while everyone else is still up. No one wants to miss out on life.

The Notion of a Vocation

The Notion of a Vocation

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

We believed that we were put on this earth with a divine plan for us, that God gave us each a special vocation to live out. Moreover, this was not something we were free to choose for ourselves; it was God-given. Our task was to discern that vocation and give ourselves over to it, even at the price of having to renounce our own dreams. We remained free to accept or not, but at a peril. To be unfaithful to your vocation meant a misguided life.

Kharkiv prepares for Orthodox Easter under bombardment

Kharkiv prepares for Orthodox Easter under bombardment

by: Patrick Hudson - UCA News in Articles,

The citizens of Kharkiv are preparing to celebrate Orthodox Easter in spite of the destruction which surrounds them, says Fr Vitaliy Novak CM. “One part of the city is on fire, in the other part they are feeding the flowers and preparing for Easter,” he told The Tablet on Wednesday, as he prepared to drive a delivery of food supplies to the Donbas.

Artificial Intelligence and Social Justice: A Challenge for the Church

Artificial Intelligence and Social Justice: A Challenge for the Church

by: Paul Twomey & Antonio Spadaro, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Articles,

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is reshaping human experience in ways not visible to, nor fully apprehended by, the vast majority of the world’s population. The explosion of AI is having a notable impact on our present rights and future opportunities, determining the decision-making processes that affect all in today’s society.

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 Umberto Eco’s novel The Name of the Rose, the blind monk Jorge of Burgos, quoting John Chrysostom, argues that “Christ never laughed.” Such a strong statement seems not only to categorically exclude the possibility that Jesus of Nazareth could laugh, but also questions his humanity, a humanity that implies an ability to participate in the totality of experience, including the possibility of experiencing the full range of affections and emotions. 

Pasolini and the Religion of His Time

Pasolini and the Religion of His Time

by: Virgilio Fantuzzi, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Articles,

Two contrasting elements coexisted within Pasolini’s personality. On the one hand, there was  a religiosity of an instinctive, formless kind, far from the systematization based on  the dogmas of Christianity understood as an institutional religion; on the other hand, as a son of his time, he could not help but rationalize all of this. 

The Therapy of Public Life

The Therapy of Public Life

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Forty years ago, Philip Rieff wrote a book entitled The Triumph of the Therapeutic. In essence, he argued that today in the Western world so many people need psychological therapy mainly because our family structure has grown weak and many community structures have broken down. 

The Perfect Ritual

The Perfect Ritual

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

 Sometimes it takes an outsider to help you to see the beauty and depth of something you have never fully appreciated. I suspect this true for many of us, myself no exception, regarding the celebration of the Eucharist in our churches.

 
The Death of Chastity in our Culture

The Death of Chastity in our Culture

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Several years ago, I was invited to speak to a group of students at a Catholic university. The invitation came with a request and a caveat. I was to speak on chastity, but ideally, I was to avoid using the word. The Dean of Theology, who had invited me, had appraised the situation this way: perhaps more than anything else, the students need a challenge to chastity, but they are so turned off by the word that if we mention it in the title, very few will show up.

Against Triumphalism and Spiritual Worldliness

Against Triumphalism and Spiritual Worldliness

by: Diego Fares SJ-La Civiltà Cattolica in Articles,

The temptation to triumphalism – Christianity without the cross – and its more insidious form, spiritual worldliness – is difficult to discern. If there is a theme in the magisterium of Bergoglio-Francis that recurs with particular frequency, it is precisely this. In the apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, pronouncing a “no to spiritual worldliness,” Francis put it in black and white. The alternative is between a Church on the move to evangelize the world and a Church invaded by spiritual worldliness: “This is a tremendous corruption, disguised as a good.

When Our World is Falling Apart

When Our World is Falling Apart

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

The early years of my adulthood and priesthood were spent teaching theology at Newman Theological College in Edmonton, Canada. I was young, full of energy, loved teaching, and was discovering the joys of ministry. For the most part, these were good years.

Pornography and Chastity

Pornography and Chastity

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Pornography is the biggest addiction in the world today, and by a wide margin. Mostly it afflicts men, but is also a growing addiction among women. Much of this of course is driven by its easy and free availability on the internet. Everyone now (not least our own young children) have immediate access to it from the privacy of their phones or laptops, and in anonymity. 

The Beauty of Physics

The Beauty of Physics

by: Paolo Beltrame, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Articles,

In this article we will consider how scientific knowledge – in a similar fashion to poetic discourse – makes ample use of analogical language, and how both science and poetry tend – albeit at different levels – to summarize their concepts, preferring a terse form of expression to long and excessively detailed descriptions. Above all we will see how poetry and physics have an eye for aesthetic taste, albeit with the necessary differences.

Love with the Divine

Love with the Divine

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

To make love with the divine. I suspect most of us will picture that as a warm, privatized, affective intimacy, the way we imagine romantic love, except here the other partner is God. Indeed, Christian mystical literature abounds with images of this kind, as does the Gospel of John. There’s nothing wrong with that, except that such a conception is over-idealized and over-privatized.

Back to the future — governance in the Catholic Church

Back to the future — governance in the Catholic Church

by: UCANewa in Articles,

Throughout the Catholic Church, something is stirring about the way we are governed. For many of us in the Church and across society, we don’t much care about that subject. We long ago made peace with being parts of communities, organizations, nations and even families where we just get on with our lives and leave running the show to those who like to be in charge of things.