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The Lenten journey
Michael A. Hayes

‘O God of mercy, may your people ... by offering the age old disciplines along their pilgrim journey ... merit to come and behold you forever.’

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Mar 01 2017

 

Editorial
The Lenten journey

Michael A. Hayes
‘O God of mercy, may your people ... by offering the age old disciplines along their pilgrim journey ... merit to come and ...
 
From fear of freedom to freedom from fear 	 Toleration theology in Dignitatis HumanaeContemporary TheologyFrom fear of freedom to freedom from fear Toleration theology in Dignitatis Humanae
Anthony Towey
Mindful that 2017 is a significant year for ecumenical relationships, in this two-part article, Anthony Towey explains why Vatican ...
 
Reflections on the thirty-sixth Jesuit General CongregationReflections on the thirty-sixth Jesuit General Congregation
Thomas D. Stegman SJ
A personal account of the most recent congregation of Jesuits by Thomas D. Stegman SJ, Dean and Professor Ordinarius at ...
 
The Eucharist: Meal and sacrificeThe Eucharist: Meal and sacrifice
Gerald O’Collins SJ
Any account of the Eucharist has to convey it as meal as well as sacrifice, writes Gerald O’Collins SJ, adjunct professor ...
 
The influence of mystery and morality plays on the work of William Shakespeare Past and Present The influence of mystery and morality plays on the work of William Shakespeare
David Fincham
This article considers the origin and nature of medieval mystery and morality plays, and the extent to which the characters and ...
 
The new programme for the formation of presbyters (1) Leadership & Ministry The new programme for the formation of presbyters (1)
Ronald D. Witherup PSS
This first of three articles provides an overview of a new document on priestly formation, ‘The Gift of the Priestly ...
 
The evangelizing parish in the Australian Church: Foundations of an evangelizing parishThe evangelizing parish in the Australian Church: Foundations of an evangelizing parish
Daniel Ang
This is the second of two articles based on the keynote address at the PROCLAIM 2016 Conference of the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay ...
 
The nerd of the LordThe nerd of the Lord
Bridie Stringer
This reflection explores some of the pastoral opportunities, as well as dangers and drawbacks, of the plethora of electronic ...
 
Preaching the Resurrection. The early ChurchPreaching the Resurrection. The early Church
Frank J. Matera
This article focuses on the challenges that the early Church faced as it witnessed to the Resurrection and how it responded to ...
 
A Catholic curriculumFocus OnA Catholic curriculum
Chris Richardson
There continues to be debate about whether a Catholic curriculum actually exists in schools shaped by a national framework. This ...
 
God’s giftGod’s gift
Evleen Mann
Sometimes we need to put obligations aside and seize the moment to experience God’s presence, writes Evleen Mann. She writes as part ...
 

The Catholic Church, through the work of the international Santa Marta Group, is involved in efforts to counteract widespread human ...
 
Breaking The Word

Wednesday 1 March
Ash Wednesday
Joel 2.12-18
Psalm 51.3-6, 12-14, 17
2 Corinthians 5.20-6.2
Matthew 6.1-6, 16-18

This year it seems a good idea to link the Lenten readings to what may be the most pressing problem of our time, the immense and increasing number of refugees in our world, and the question of what God is asking us to do about them. One of the issues...
 
Sunday 5 March
First Sunday of Lent
Genesis 2.7-9; 3.1-7
Psalm 50
Romans 5.12-19
Matthew 4.1-11
 
The story of the Garden of Eden offers a paradigm of the human condition – that is why it has such a universal resonance. The idea that things were meant to be different, meant to be perfect, echoes through all human experience. But the story has other important truths to hold on to. Humankind ...