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September/October 2016

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The Year of Mercy: The Corporal Works of Mercy
Michael A. Hayes

When Pope Francis inaugurated the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy the perceived focus was primarily and inevitable on the mercy of God: ‘merciful like the Father’. The people of God, indeed, are seen as the recipients of mercy – God’s mercy – as expressed in the liturgy, theology, spirituality and piety of so much of the tradition.

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Sep 01 2016
The Year of Mercy: The Corporal Works of MercyEditorialThe Year of Mercy: The Corporal Works of Mercy
Michael A. Hayes
When Pope Francis inaugurated the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy the perceived focus was primarily and inevitable on the ...

 
Ministry, modernity, and the stress of liturgyContemporary TheologyMinistry, modernity, and the stress of liturgy
Thomas O’Loughlin
Liturgy used to be something that a priest simply did – day in, day out. Today, answering the demands made by people, ...

 
The Year of Mercy (7): The essence of the BibleThe Year of Mercy (7): The essence of the Bible
Adrian Graffy
In the second century Marcion dismissed the Old Testament because he considered the God found there to be a cruel tyrant. Many ...

 
RE reform: Big questions for Catholic schoolsRE reform: Big questions for Catholic schools
Anthony Towey
This article looks at the background to and the possible consequences of the 2016 reform of GCSE and A-Level RE in schools in ...

 
Our Lady of the Pillar. Patroness of All Hispanic Peoples, woman for all peoplesPast and PresentOur Lady of the Pillar. Patroness of All Hispanic Peoples, woman for all peoples
John M. Samaha SM
This article explains the background to the founding of the first Marian shrine in Zaragoza, northern Spain. John M. Samaha SM ...

 
How is your parish living up to its mission?leadership & MinistryHow is your parish living up to its mission?
John Mulligan
In this article the author draws attention to some of the pastoral priorities posed by Pope Francis, and asks if a review of our ...

 
From conformity to conscience
Gemma Simmonds CJ
Taking the work of Jean Vanier as an example, this article looks at the challenge of moving from conformity to conscience. Gemma ...

 
Lay Ministry: a developing and growing realityLay Ministry: a developing and growing reality
Chris Richardson
Given the current shortage of priests there has been a renewed focus on the role of the laity in the local church communities. ...

 
ACTA – A Call To Action is four years oldACTA – A Call To Action is four years old
John Michael Wilkins
ACTA was born in June 2012 when a group of seven priests wrote a letter to The Tablet calling for greater openness and ...

 
Thirsting for more: Water in the Gospel of JohnFocus OnThirsting for more: Water in the Gospel of John
D. J. Kearney
John's Gospel uses water as a metaphor for life in Jesus writes Daniel Kearney, a former headmaster and teacher of Religious ...

 
What is happening in RE in Catholic schools?
Sean Whittle
From September 2016 there will be some striking innovations taking place in RE in English and Welsh Catholic schools. This is due to ...

 
What is entitlement?What is entitlement?
Pippa Bonner
The author explores the concept of entitlement, and our need to develop a sense of 'discerned entitlement' to participate in God's ...

 
Faith, children and the plight of refugeesFaith, children and the plight of refugees
Anne Davies
Pope Francis has called on parishes throughout Europe to respond with love to the plight of refugees. Part of how this should be done is ...

 
Breaking The Word

Thursday 1 September
1 Corinthians 3.18-23
Psalm 24.1-6
Luke 5.1-11
What does it mean to be a disciple? In today’s first reading, Paul is trying to persuade his divided Christians that discipleship means above all building up the Body of Christ. The Corinthian church seems to have been divided between a ‘Paul’ ...
 
Sunday 4 September
Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Wisdom 9.13-18
Psalm 89
Philippians 9-10, 12-17
Luke14.25-33
In his writing Paul is never afraid of giving a personal account of himself, his struggles and his feelings: we are allowed to see the real person. In the letter to Philomen, Paul portrays himself as an old man who is still struggling with his calling and knows the cost of it. Yet there is never in his writings any sign ...