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.
A new series on BBC2, beginning on Friday 22 October, explores the journey of five people from very different backgrounds who decided to step back from their hectic lives and experience silence.
The small Bavarian village of Oberammergau has once again been packed with visitors all summer, coming to see the famous Passion Play, which concludes this week.
As he addressed schoolchildren from all over the country, Pope Benedict encouraged them to grow in holiness, and asked those who teach them to let this aim shape their approach to education.
Pope Benedict prayed with members of the religious congregations of the United Kingdom, and focused particularly on their role as educators.
In bringing people from all walks of life together, can summer festivals reveal something of the relationships to Christ and each other to which we are called in the Eucharist?
With Mass attendance on the decline, what steps can be taken at the parish level to ensure that those who are distanced from the Church feel welcome and confident as they make the first steps to rejoining a parish community?
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