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Love, Faith, and Ritual

Love, Faith, and Ritual

by: Ron Rolheiser in Articles,

It's not easy to sustain love, at least not with constant emotional fervor. Misunderstandings, irritations, tiredness, jealousies, hurt, temperamental differences, the familiarity that breeds contempt, and simple boredom invariably chip away at our emotional and affective edges and, soon enough, fervor gives way to routine, the groove becomes the rut, and love seems to disappear.

LIBYA 2011       Poem by SHARI EPPEL

LIBYA 2011 Poem by SHARI EPPEL

by: Shari Eppel in Articles,
 
Gadaffi furls and unfurls his umbrella
a giant albino bat's wing
in the desert
where it never rains
but tonight
bombs hail down from the sky
shredding pale flesh to lace
red tear drops splatter
in the desert's face ...
Paradox of Life

Paradox of Life

by: Poetic Expressions in Articles,

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. 

The Preciousness and Joy of a Whole Number

The Preciousness and Joy of a Whole Number

by: Ron Rolheiser in Articles,

Today we don't attach a lot of symbolism to numbers. A few, mostly superstitious, remnants remain from former ages, such as seeing the number seven as lucky and the number thirteen as unlucky. For the most part, for us, numbers are arbitrary.  This hasn't always been the case. In biblical times, they attached a lot of meaning to certain numbers.

Unconscious Images that Deeply Influence Us

Unconscious Images that Deeply Influence Us

by: Ron Rolheiser in Articles,

Among all the great stories in the world, the most common, best-known, and perennially intriguing, are those that deal with heroes and heroines. These are stories that describe someone, a man or a woman (though most often a man), who has to journey through danger, suffering, opposition, misunderstanding, and humiliation to achieve some noble goal.

Historically senseless hypocrisy

Historically senseless hypocrisy

by: Lucetta Scaraffia in Articles,

The news that the BBC has decided to change the descriptions of the dates BC, Before Christ, and AD, Anno Domini to a generic “CE”, Common Era, in order not to offend believers of other religions, has not elicited much reaction except from the very many non-Christians who let it be known through various spokesmen that they did not in any way feel offended by the traditional dating.

A Sufficient Creed

A Sufficient Creed

by: Ron Rolheiser in Articles,

 Faith and love are too easily identified with warm feelings, passion, fervor, affectivity, and romantic fire. And those feelings are part of the mystery, a part we are meant to embrace and enjoy. But, wonderful as these feelings can be, they are, as experience shows, fragile and ephemeral.  Faith, in the end, is more about fidelity in action than about fervor in feelings.

World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid: A Truly Spiritual Experience!

World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid: A Truly Spiritual Experience!

by: Fr. Salvador G. Agualada Jr., CMF in Articles,

 For me, the most stirring and truly spiritual moment during the whole WYD experience was when the Blessed Sacrament was brought out for adoration during the Vigil. A total silence suddenly fell upon the entire place, mantling the huge airfield. It was a profoundly reverential silence, a kind of silence that deafened because it pierced not just through the ears but also through the soul, making everyone unable not to hear what it wanted to say.

Heroic New York priests vividly recall Sept. 11 attacks

Heroic New York priests vividly recall Sept. 11 attacks

by: Marianne Medlin in Articles,

 Fr. Rutler, current pastor of Church of our Savior in New York City, was living at St. Agnes Parish near Grand Central Station during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. He told CNA that he remembers the details of that day 10 years ago “very well – as though they happened yesterday.” 

A Canopy under which to pray.

A Canopy under which to pray.

by: Ron Rolheiser in Articles,

 Do we ever really understand or master prayer?  Yes and no.  When we try to pray, sometimes we walk on water and sometimes we sink like a stone. Sometimes we have a deep sense of God's reality and sometimes we can't even imagine that God exists.

Looting - why not if you are a moral relativist?

Looting - why not if you are a moral relativist?

by: Fr Tim Finigan in Articles,

 The Youth of the Middle East rise up for basic freedoms.The Youth of London rise up for a HD ready 42" Plasma TV. That seems to be a consensus view and not many people are now trying to blame the rioting on "the cuts". Unless we recover some basic Christian values in our society it will happen again and probably more seriously during some summer soon. 

Of Nietzsche, Feuerbach, and Dark Nights of the Soul

Of Nietzsche, Feuerbach, and Dark Nights of the Soul

by: Ron Rolheiser in Articles,

As Jurgens Moltmann puts it, our faith begins at the exact point where atheists think it must end, in the taste of nothingness, in emptiness, in darkness, and in the complete powerless to imagine God's existence or affectively sense God's presence.  In that emptiness and powerless, God can finally begin to flow into our lives purely, untainted, unaffected by our own needs, expectations, and imaginative constructs. 

This moral desert

This moral desert

by: The Tablet 16/07/11 in Articles,

 The fact that Catholic Social Teaching has something solid and significant to say about such contemporary crises as these shows how much it has come of age. This derives from the fruitful dialogue in recent years between the guardians of the social teaching tradition and the secular social sciences, in this case channelled through the Pontifical Council for Social Sciences

Come follow me: On faith and Facebook

Come follow me: On faith and Facebook

by: Roxane B. Salonen - US Catholic in Articles,

 Many Catholics—including parents, kids, and clergy—find that social media has become an essential component of their faith lives, and they’re willing to put up with the pitfalls to utilize the positives.

Bon voyage, Atlantis: Tell me if you see God

Bon voyage, Atlantis: Tell me if you see God

by: Bryan Cones in Articles,

  Kate Shellnut at the Houston Chronicle reports that traveling into orbit is indeed a spiritual experience, finding believers among the ranks of our country's spacefarers. I would imagine that strapping yourself on top of a giant pile of rocket fuel would inspire prayer, but it seems the views from space are even more soul-expanding.

South Sudan: Some Facts and Figures of the New Nation.

South Sudan: Some Facts and Figures of the New Nation.

by: Source: BBC in Articles,

Our interest in the birth of this new Nation springs from the fact that we are all part of the community of nations, and that, as Claretian Missionaries, we are involved in the so called "South Sudan Project", where, together with many other Catholic Institutes and Organisations, train teachers and nurses who can make a difference in this new country.

Exploring the heavens, Christian astronauts reflect on their Creator

Exploring the heavens, Christian astronauts reflect on their Creator

by: Chron - US Catholic in Articles,

 “They say there’s no atheists in foxholes, but there’s probably no atheists in rockets,” said Catholic astronaut Col. Mike Good, who believes his faith in God was solidified by the awe-inspiring views he saw from space. From the famous astronauts who pioneered space exploration to the crews on the final space shuttle missions, faith has been a driving force in NASA history.

The Internal Battle for our Souls

The Internal Battle for our Souls

by: Ron Rolheiser in Articles,

 At any given moment, inside us, we are a mixture of light and darkness, sincerity and hypocrisy, selflessness and selfishness, virtue and vice, grace and sin, saint and sinner. As Henri Nouwen used to say: We want to be great saints, but we also don't want to miss out on all the sensations that sinners experience. And so our lives aren't simple.

Churches' mission statement

Churches' mission statement

by: The Tablet in Articles,

Having arrived at what they described as a “broad consensus”, representatives of 90 per cent of the world’s Christians have published guidelines on how to conduct relations with each other and with members of other faiths.