Familiar as the words of the Sermon of the Mount may be, the standards that it sets for Christian living continue to pose a radical challenge to followers of Christ.
As an ethical maxim, the 'golden rule' that we hear on Thursday 14 March is widespread, existing in a number of variations in many religions and philosophies.
Ahead of UK-wide referendum on the question of changing the voting system for parliamentary elections, Peter Scally SJ asked whether the Church’s teaching offers any guidance on the issue.
‘The command that is the source and summit of Christian life is this: “Do this in remembrance of me.”’ As we celebrate on Maundy Thursday the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper, eminent Jesuit liturgist, J-Glenn Murray explores the way in which Black African-American worship attempts to respond to the invitation of this great command. How can the universal Church be enriched by the fruits of its local encounters with Black culture?
How does one respond with integrity and wisdom to suffering? Father Richard Leonard’s book is a courageous attempt to tackle these challenges head on.
In a recently published book, Australian Jesuit Richard Leonard looks at how we understand the presence of God in our lives when we are faced with suffering. Using his own experience of a family tragedy, Fr Richard speaks about his personal response when he is tempted to ask: ‘Where the hell is God?’
The familiar imagery of Christmas helps us to capture, as best we can, our understanding of God becoming man – but how can we grasp the wonder of the birth of Jesus through what can often seem like a trivial celebration? Philosopher, Gerard J. Hughes SJ invites us to find, in the pictures on our Christmas cards and the presentation of our cribs, something of both the simplicity and the mystery of the Incarnation, for which our words are inadequate.
Michael Bossy SJ asks whether the presence of occasional Mass-goers at Christmas is a mere pretence for the sake of show and ‘tradition’, or if it should be welcomed as something of genuine spiritual value.
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