Presiding over the Chrism Mass on Maundy Thursday, Pope Francis encouraged the world’s priests to be good shepherds, ‘with the smell of the sheep’. Perhaps this weekday homily that follows shows something of what he meant.
‘The task of Catholic educators today ... is to offer to learners the possibility of an encounter with Jesus Christ.’ Nicholas King SJ suggests ways in which to go about this task.
Legislation passed by the UK government in July 2013 means that same-sex couples in England and Wales will soon be able to get married, with the first weddings likely to take place in summer 2014.
The God who emerges in Why Bother Praying? is compassionate, understanding and loving. We go to God as we are – and if we are angry with God, there is no harm in saying so. If prayer is not honest, it is not prayer!
Australian Jesuit, Fr Richard Leonard, is the author of the 2010 book Where the Hell is God? and the Director of the Australian Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting. He introduces the themes in his new book by explaining what motivated him to explore the question: Why Bother Praying?
Sandra McNally looks at how current policy affects the educational prospects of children from disadvantaged backgrounds
For Corpus Christi, a British Jesuit living in Boston writes movingly for Thinking Faith about the tragedy that beset the city a few weeks ago, and how such events draw us deeper into the mystery of the body and blood of Christ.
Blessed John Henry Newman considered that our moral decisions and our religious beliefs are formed in very similar ways. Gerard J. Hughes SJ describes Newman's Aristotelian approach.
When he returned to Argentina following his doctoral studies in Germany, Jorge Mario Bergoglio SJ, now Pope Francis, took with him a particular fondness for a Marian devotion that he had encountered.
‘The feast of Pentecost is a celebration of the mysterious movement of God in our lives through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.’ Sr Teresa White came across a useful analogy that can help us to contemplate the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives, which she reflects on ahead of Pentecost Sunday.
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