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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).

East Africa Food Crisis: Humanitarian aid is more than food. It is a sign of hope.

East Africa Food Crisis: Humanitarian aid is more than food. It is a sign of hope.

by: Michael O’Riordan - The Tablet in Articles,
Here lies the heart of the matter; humanitarian aid is more than food. It is a sign of hope. It is a sign someone is watching and listening to what they are saying. It is a sign someone cares, that they are not forgotten. The people of South Sudan are longing for peace and security. To return to a sense of normality to return to their homes, for their children to return to school and to go back to farming their land…. 
 
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.