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The sad business of trying to disprove God

The sad business of trying to disprove God

by: Charles Moore - The Telegraph in Articles,

Ludwig Wittgenstein, the great philosopher, who understood religious belief throughout his life, mostly without quite sharing it, wrote: “Faith is faith in what is needed by my heart, my soul, not my speculative intelligence… Only love can believe the Resurrection.”

Don't Go There

Don't Go There

by: Steve Doughty - Mail Online in Articles,

Don't make our mistake: As assisted suicide bill goes to Lords, Dutch watchdog who once backed euthanasia warns UK of 'slippery slope' to mass deaths. Theo Boer, a European assisted suicide watchdog, said 'don't do it'. In Netherlands euthanasia has been legal since 2002. However, in six years the numbers of deaths have doubled  

Perpetually Distracted

Perpetually Distracted

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

To be a human being is to be perpetually distracted. We aren’t persons who live in habitual spiritual awareness who occasionally get distracted. We’re persons who live in habitual distraction who occasionally become spiritually aware. 

Europe from Evangelizer to Evangelized

Europe from Evangelizer to Evangelized

by: Reporter - Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon in Articles,

The Catholic Faith in Europe has its roots in antiquity, beginning with the arrival of the apostles themselves: Saint Peter, Saint Paul, and Saint James. Then, it was from Europe that the Faith radiated to all the corners of the world, thanks to the missionary force of the Church

Stingy with God's Mercy?

Stingy with God's Mercy?

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

As I age, I am ever more inclined to the old priest’s advice: We need more to risk God’s mercy. The place of justice and truth should never be ignored, but we must risk letting the infinite, unbounded, unconditional, undeserved mercy of God flow free.

Is the Catholic Faith fading? Not really.

Is the Catholic Faith fading? Not really.

by: Filip Mazurczak - First Things in Articles,

In absolute terms, the number of Spanish Catholics attending Mass weekly grew by an astonishing further 23 percent between 2012 and 2013, according to CIS. Meanwhile, between 2007 and 2013 the number of Spaniards contributing part of their taxes to the Church rose from eight to nine million.

Are Christians in Britain feeling at home?

Are Christians in Britain feeling at home?

by: Crammer blog in Articles,

The Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe says being a Christian in modern Britain is "very difficult". She attributes this to "quite militant secularism" and equality legislation: both have combined to create an intimidating and censorious context, making people feel they ought not to express their faith publicly. 

Spain's Families Are Struggling

Spain's Families Are Struggling

by: Reporters - Zenit.org in Articles,

A newly published report on the state of families in Spain revealed grave structural deficiencies and a lack of government support. The Spanish Institute of Family Politics (Instituto de Política Familiar España) released its 2014 study on the evolution of the family in Spain to coincide with the May 15 International Day of the Family.

The Importance of Friendship in Different Cultures

The Importance of Friendship in Different Cultures

by: Aliya Sagandykova in Articles,

When I asked my Spanish friend if it is better to have $100 in the wallet or 100 friends in life, he without a second of hesitation chose $100. In post-Soviet countries this dilemma is not a dilemma at all. There is an old saying in Russian: “Instead of having 100 rubles, better have 100 friends.”

The problem with 'fast track' canonizations

The problem with 'fast track' canonizations

by: Pat Archbold - National Catholic Register in Articles,

I have no doubt that everyone the Church declares to be a saint is in Heaven, but the continual fast-tracking of canonizations could lead to a future embarrassing or even damaging moment for the Church.  Let the process do its job.  Let time do its job.  Fast-tracking a canonization is not getting anyone into heaven any quicker.  Let's take our time.

The slow death of purposeless walking

The slow death of purposeless walking

by: Finlo Rohrer - BBC in Articles,

 A number of recent books have lauded the connection between walking - just for its own sake - and thinking. But are people losing their love of the purposeless walk? 

Walking is a luxury in the West. Very few people, particularly in cities, are obliged to do much of it at all. Cars, bicycles, buses, trams, and trains all beckon. 

Underground churches in China dig in despite harassment

Underground churches in China dig in despite harassment

by: Michael Sainsbury, Bangkok - UCAnews in Articles,

While Shouwang has been a target of the government for many years, the latest move against underground churches is part of a broader crackdown on dissent since the regime of leader Xi Jinping came to power in late 2012. The new government is targeting any organization perceived as a threat to Chinese Communist Party policy. 

The death of Ann Maguire: how to heal the wounds

The death of Ann Maguire: how to heal the wounds

by: Elena Curti - The Tablet in Articles,

The fatal stabbing of a teacher in front of her pupils at a school in Leeds dominated the headlines for the past week. Corpus Christi College has drawn on its Catholic roots in its immediate response to the tragedy. How can it use them to face the future? 

God’s Quiet Presence in our Lives

God’s Quiet Presence in our Lives

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,
The poet, Rumi, submits that we live with a deep secret that sometimes we know, and then not. That can be very helpful in understanding our faith. One of the reasons why we struggle with faith is that God’s presence inside us and in our world is rarely dramatic, overwhelming, sensational, something impossible to ignore. God doesn’t work like that. 
Hunger for Life

Hunger for Life

by: Jean Houston in Articles,

The world has been re-arranged, the reset button of history has been hit. Many are called to take initiatives that before would have seemed unlikely, if not downright impossible, including the rethinking of the reality of the Intelligence that underlies the universe….

Cardinal warns politicians over ‘alarmist’ immigration rhetoric

Cardinal warns politicians over ‘alarmist’ immigration rhetoric

by: Cole Moreton and John Bingham - The Telegraph in Articles,

Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic churchman has condemned politicians for deploying “alarmist” language in the debate over immigration. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales spoke out against the use of arguments which stoke up “distress” about foreigners coming to the UK. 

The Garden of Gethsemane

The Garden of Gethsemane

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Several years ago, Mel Gibson produced and directed a movie which enjoyed a spectacular popularity. Entitled, The Passion of the Christ, the movie depicts Jesus’ paschal journey from the Garden of Gethsemane to his death on Golgotha, but with a very heavy emphasis on his physical suffering.

Good Friday: the day we forget to remember

Good Friday: the day we forget to remember

by: A N Wilson - The Telegraph in Articles,

Few, apart from practising Christians, will today commemorate Christ’s crucifixion. How have we come to allow such a momentous event to mean so little?  I am 63 years old. Throughout my lifetime, the observance of Good Friday in Britain has become ever more secularised.