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The Year of Mercy: ‘Merciful like the Father’
Michael A. Hayes

Walter Kasper’s important work on Mercy – The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life1 has been referred to by Pope Francis: ‘this book has done me so much good’.

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Dec 30 2015
The Year of Mercy: ‘Merciful like the Father’EditorialThe Year of Mercy: ‘Merciful like the Father’
Michael A. Hayes
Walter Kasper’s important work on Mercy – The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life1 has been referred to by ...

 
Footwashing: An action for Lent? Contemporary TheologyFootwashing: An action for Lent?
Thomas O’Loughlin
Is washing feet a once-a-year ritual for Holy Thursday evening? This article suggests that perhaps it is a practice that has ...

 
Preaching Luke with love (2). Sending the seventy-twoPreaching Luke with love (2). Sending the seventy-two
Gerald O’Collins SJ
In response to Pope Francis’ call for better preaching, we conclude a series taking examples from all four gospels. This ...

 
Written for Our Instruction (4): Salvation in the Letter to the RomansWritten for Our Instruction (4): Salvation in the Letter to the Romans
Thomas D. Stegman SJ
The fourth in a series of articles on the rich theology contained in Paul’s Letter to the Romans. Thomas D. Stegman SJ is ...

 
Sacramental marriage and Canon Law – a case for review? Past and PresentSacramental marriage and Canon Law – a case for review?
Paul Hypher
In a personal view, this article argues that the Roman Catholic Church should give serious consideration to a radical rethink of its ...

 
The Year of Mercy (4): Luke, the Gospel of MercyLeadership & MinistryThe Year of Mercy (4): Luke, the Gospel of Mercy
Ronald D. Witherup PSS
The Year of Mercy (8 December 2015-20 November 2016) proclaimed by Pope Francis dovetails with the liturgical year of Luke, ...

 
Engaging young people in the life of the Church through the Pope John Paul II AwardEngaging young people in the life of the Church through the Pope John Paul II Award
Yvonne Rooney
Engaging teenagers in their local parish as a step in their faith development is the aim of the Pope John Paul II Award, described ...

 
The school and the parish: a shifting relationshipThe school and the parish: a shifting relationship
Sean Whittle
In the opening decades of the twenty-first century, is it time to finally accept that our Catholic schools have become the modern ...

 
Resources: Lent primary school reflection
Claire Fernandes
The Parable of the Lost Sheep is recommended as a Lenten reflection for primary school children. Claire Fernandes draws on her ...

 
The local Church: An encounter with JesusThe local Church: An encounter with Jesus
Philip McParland
This article proposes that the primary reason the Church exists is to bring people into a relationship with Jesus. It explores ...

 
The Francis Project: Pope Francis, St Francis and Laudato Si’ Focus OnThe Francis Project: Pope Francis, St Francis and Laudato Si’
Peter Tyler
This article argues that Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical Laudato Si’ can be understood as a manifesto for an ‘integrated ...

 
Responsibility for the earth and the naming of creation in the Old Testament – A Response to Laudato Si’Responsibility for the earth and the naming of creation in the Old Testament – A Response to Laudato Si’
Stephen McKinney, Robert, J. Hill and Honor Hania
Pope Francis in Laudato Si’ draws the current ecological crisis to our attention and reminds ...

 
The Church and wicked problemsThe Church and wicked problems
Chris Richardson
The current crisis in the Church is expressed as a wicked problem and some possible ways forward are retrieved from the teaching ...

 
 
Breaking The Word

Ninth Day in the Octave of Christmas
Friday 1 January

Mary the Mother of God
Numbers 6.22-27
Psalm 66.2-3, 5,6,8
Luke 2.16-21
How do you start a new year? The Church suggests that we start, not with a hangover but a blessing, a model blessing to be given by the priests to the children of Israel. What the blessing ...
 
Sunday 3 January
Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

Isaiah 60.1-6
Psalm 71
Ephesians 3.2-3a, 5-6
Matthew 2.1-12
An epiphany is a sudden and dramatic revelation of God. Today’s is caught up in the very familiar nativity image as displayed in the crib scenes in our churches and homes. The familiarity can be ...