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.
'With Jesus's resurrection death has a new meaning.' Irish Jesuit Brian Grogan explores the Christian understanding of the mystery of death.
Brian Purfield explores Francis of Assisi's unique way of witnessing to the gospel and embracing its challenges.
Our Lenten anticipation now gives way to our celebration of the resurrection of Christ, which 'is not something that we can master; it is only something we can receive'.
We tend to think of Holy Saturday as a day ‘in between’ Good Friday and Easter Sunday, without any particular significance of its own. But this could not be further from the truth, says James Hanvey SJ. It is a day that resists all of our attempts to understand it, but nonetheless we must ‘live in the realities of Holy Saturday’.
‘A scientist leaning over her computer pondering experimental results; an artist poised, brush in hand, at his canvas; a woman sitting in prayer making the Spiritual Exercises: what do these three have in common?’ Rob Marsh SJ explores what it means to ‘imagine faithfully’, as the scientist, the artist and the woman in prayer are all doing. If imagination is the mediator between idea and reality, how does it relate to faith?
How does Call the Midwife present a model of mission and incarnational theology, where the gritty reality of life reveals the true nature of God, humanity and love?
How can a spirituality that was developed in the sixteenth century help young people today to ‘develop a vocabulary of faith’? Tim Muldoon describes the distinctive appeal of the spiritual teachings of St Ignatius Loyola, and suggests that Ignatian spirituality is uniquely placed to meet the needs and questions of today’s young adults.
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