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    Four last things (3)  Hell
Michael A. Hayes

Undoubtedly it is true to say that one of the greatest works of literature to emerge in Europe in the late middle ages was Dante’s Divine Comedy, recounting the travels of the narrator in Heaven and Hell and Purgatory.

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Mar 01 2014
EditorialFour last things (3)
Michael A. Hayes
Undoubtedly it is true to say that one of the greatest works of literature to emerge in Europe in the late middle ages was ...

 
Being fed 	and led by the word of lifeContemporary TheologyBeing fed and led by the word of life
Gerald O’Collins SJ
This is the third in a series of articles which aims to open up some of the spiritual treasures to be found in Vatican II. ...

 
Priestly formation according to Vatican II:	A retrospective on priestly training, Optatam totiusPriestly formation according to Vatican II: A retrospective on priestly training, Optatam totius
Ronald D. Witherup PSS
Vatican Council II is more reputed for its teaching on ecclesiology, bishops, and the role of the laity, but it also ...

 
God, Pope Benedict and violence: Regensburg revisited God, Pope Benedict and violence: Regensburg revisited
John McDade
That religion touches something dangerous in us is the question that John McDade – lecturer in theology at St Mary’s University, ...

 
Augustine, feminism and religious life todayAugustine, feminism and religious life today
Patricia Rumsey
When Pope Francis pointed to the need for a new, deeper theology of women, it was against a tradition from Augustine that cast ...

 
The Easter Vigil	proclaims the light of ChristPast & PresentThe Easter Vigil proclaims the light of Christ
John M. Samaha SM
This article reveals the history and significance of light in the Easter Vigil, helping us to understand, appreciate, and live ...

 
Reader ResponseWhy Mary remains the way forward for women
Priscilla Noble-Mathews
Reader response to The Second Vatican Council and the role of Women in the Catholic Church by Anne Inman (Nov-Dec 2013). ...

 
Filling the blank: Holy SaturdayLeadership & MinistryFilling the blank: Holy Saturday
Thomas O’Loughlin
The gap in the liturgy on Holy Saturday reminds us of our links with the Sabbath and the complex origins of our religion. ...

 
The Church can learn from ‘servant leadership’The Church can learn from ‘servant leadership’
William J. Byron SJ
Conventional business structures isolate the leader at the top. With a Jesuit pope, can the practice of ‘provident care’ ...

 
Getting Resourced: Life in Christ
John Quinn, youth minister at Sacred Heart, Wimbledon, looks at a new DVD resource on Christ for young people. Life in Christ is a new video ...

 
Teresa of Avila’s spirituality1Focus OnTeresa of Avila’s spirituality
Una Canning
This article explores Teresa of Avila’s early difficulties in pursuing a spiritual life and the influence of Jesuit spirituality ...

 
Where is God in the chaos of mental illness?Where is God in the chaos of mental illness?
Tessa Sheaf
Mental illness can make us uncomfortable, it confronts our view of how things should be. Perhaps that is a good thing, writes Tessa ...

 
The role of wonderThe role of wonder
Patrick Sherry
The response of wonder is central in so many human pursuits and areas of reflection, including religion and theology, and its ...

 
The earliest Christian witnessesThe earliest Christian witnesses
Rodney Schofield
While archaeological discoveries add to our knowledge of the New Testament, eyewitness accounts remain a vital source for our ...

 
Breaking The Word

Saturday 1 March
St David, Patron of Wales – Solemnity in Wales and Feast in England
Philippians 3.8–14
Psalm 1. R. Psalm 39.5
Matthew 5.13–16
Luke 2.16-21

On being the salt of the earth and the light of the world ...

 
Sunday readings March/April 2014
Sunday 2 March Eighth Sunday in Ordinary time
Isaiah 49.14-15, Psalm 61, 1 Corinthians 4.1-5, Matthew 6.24-34
On being the salt of the earth and the light of the world
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