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  • A fragile faith

    Today’s readings: Exodus 17, 8-13; 2 Timothy 3, 14 - 4,2; Luke 18, 1-8. The key question in the gospel today is whether the Lord is going to find faith on earth when he comes. It is a provoking question which may have a myriad of answers depending...

  • The State needs the Church

    The State needs the Church

    The Independence Day homily of Archbishop Paul Cremona triggered a reflection on the role of Church and State and their inter-relationship. There was insistence on the separation of Church and State. Unsurprisingly, the Archbishop’s message was...

  • Quotes and news

    During October 2014 an extraordinary meeting of the Synod of Bishops is expected to meet in the Vatican at the request of Pope Francis. There have only been two extraordinary session of the Synod. One was in 1969, which discussed the role of...

  • True humaneness

    Today’s readings: 2 Kings 5, 14-17; 2 Timothy 2, 8-13; Luke 17, 11-19. The good news of the gospel is all about celebrating life. That news, as St Paul writes to Timothy in the second reading, cannot in any way be chained to boundaries of any kind.

  • Church rituals void of apostolic relevance

    Church rituals void of apostolic relevance

    Rituals and traditions are those patterns of behaviour that occur with regularity. They help us communicate meaning, values and relationships that exist between people and with God. They are like signs that are meant to point beyond themselves to...

  • Quotes and news

    The majority of American Catholics support same-sex marriage, are in favour of the ordination of women and have a favourable opinion of Pope Francis. These results were given by Quinnipiac University after conducting a survey, the results of which...

  • A God to argue with

    Today’s readings: Habbakkuk 1,2-3. 2,2-4; 2 Tim. 1,6-8.13-14; Lk 17,5-10. True faith never induces us to live in denial. Reality has to be faced and called by its name. Very often our problem as believers is that not only is our faith not bold...

  • Vatican II, Act 2

    Vatican II, Act 2

    Since Pope Francis was elected Pope on March 13, there has been a lot of jaw-dropping, especially among those “on the right-wing” – to use an expression the Pope used – but also those ‘on the left’, both Catholics and non-Catholics. The immediate...

  • Quotes and news

    The following are more quotations from Pope Francis’s interview featured in various Jesuit periodicals. Love Mary “This is how it is with Mary: If you want to know who she is, ask theologians; if you want to know how to love her, ask people. Mary...

  • Where we stand

    Today’s readings: Amos 6, 1.4-7; 1 Timothy 6, 11-16; Luke 16, 19-31. It is not just a matter of pick and choose, but there are items in our belief system which seem to either inflame our imagination or block it. Today’s parable transposes the...

  • Pope Francis’s interview

    Pope Francis’s interview

    Pope Francis recently gave a long interview over three meetings to the editor of the Jesuit review La Civiltà Cattolica, Fr Antonio Spadaro SJ. The Pope does not feel comfortable with interviews: he prefers to have time to think and qualify what...

  • Quotes and news

    These quotes are from the Pope’s recent interview in a Jesuit magazine. For the full text visit: www. americamagazine.org/pope-interview. Bergoglio the sinner “‘I am a sinner. This is the most accurate definition. It is not a figure of speech, a...

  • The drama of faith

    Today’s readings: Amos 8,4-7; 1Timothy 2,1-8; Luke 16,1-13. There are too many people around in this day and age who are systematically denied justice in all its forms, be it salary-wise, from the law courts, from our Church tribunals, or even in...

  • Find quiet time

    Find quiet time

    “I discover more and more each day my need for times of solitude in which I discover others with more truth and accept in the light of God my own weakness, ignorance, egoism and fear. This solitude does not separate me from others: it helps me...

  • Quotes and news

    In a recent pastoral letter, the bishops of Cuba said: “Cuba is called to be a pluralistic society, the sum of many Cuban realities. Cuba is a nation of all Cubans, with their differences and aspirations. There must be the right to diversity in...

  • The true God

    Today’s readings: Exodus 32,7-11.13-14; 1 Tim.1,12-17; Lk 15,1-32. One of the Church’s major flaws has always been its reluctance to let go of old ways of thinking, to open up, to venture beyond its confines. The universality of Jesus’ behaviour...

  • Harmony or chaos?

    Harmony or chaos?

    The self-immolation of a young Tunisian in December 2010 sparked off a chain reaction of civil protests and unrest against despotic and ruthless regimes in many Arab countries. Almost three years down the line, the initial wave of optimism for...

  • Quotes and news

    During a visit to the Jesuit-run Astalli Centre for refugees in Rome, Pope Francis said: “Dearest men and women religious, empty convents are useless to the Church if they are transformed into hotels and earn money. The empty convents aren’t ours;...

  • Can we still hope?

    Today’s readings: Micah 5,1-4 or Romans 8,28-30; Matthew 1,18-23. Symbolically, Mary was the sacred space that could contain God’s powerful and gentle presence in the world. The world in biblical language is not always the place suitable to...

  • Jesus, democracy and freedom

    Jesus, democracy and freedom

    Among the many champions of human freedom there are few who question the significance of Christ. Yet, were he to be living in the West today he would have easily been accused of being undemocratic. He consulted no one, except his Heavenly Father.

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