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May/June 2016

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‘The Psalms bring to the fore the grandeur  of his merciful love’
Michael A. Hayes

From its very beginning the Church has recited, pondered and celebrated the Psalms as a great treasury of prayer, which reveals the relationship of God to humankind. The Psalms express all human experience and feeling and reveal the nature and intimate involvement of God in human existence.

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Apr 29 2016
‘The Psalms bring to the fore the grandeur  of his merciful love’Editorial‘The Psalms bring to the fore the grandeur of his merciful love’
Michael A. Hayes
From its very beginning the Church has recited, pondered and celebrated the Psalms as a great treasury of prayer, which reveals ...

 
Picturing Pentecost Contemporay TheologyPicturing Pentecost
Thomas O’Loughlin
The pictures which illustrate this article on Pentecost present our standard memory of the scene. But where are the other ...

 
Catholic-Jewish relations and preaching the Gospel Catholic-Jewish relations and preaching the Gospel
Ronald D. Witherup PSS
The author presents an overview of a recent Vatican document on Catholic-Jewish relations. Ronald D. Witherup PSS is ...

 
Liturgy in the era of a Jesuit Pope (2) Liturgy in the era of a Jesuit Pope (2)
Andrew Cameron-Mowat SJ
The second of two articles on how liturgists can respond to the style and approach of Pope Francis. Andrew Cameron-Mowat ...

 
Arthur Hughes, Missionary and Papal Envoy to Egypt, 1902 – 1949 Past and PresentArthur Hughes, Missionary and Papal Envoy to Egypt, 1902 – 1949
Maurice Billingsley
Arthur Hughes was a London Eastender who became first a missionary priest, and later Papal Envoy to Egypt during World War II. ...

 
A graced curriculum. The theology of Vatican II and Catholic schoolingLeadership & MinistryA graced curriculum. The theology of Vatican II and Catholic schooling
Bernard Howell
A lay school chaplain considers how the theology of Vatican II influences the practice of Catholic education. Bernard Howell is ...

 
Educating today and tomorrow: A renewing passionEducating today and tomorrow: A renewing passion
Feidhlimidh T. Magennis
A priest of the diocese of Dromore, Ireland, reports on the World Congress on Catholic education held in Rome in November ...

 
The Year of Mercy and Rachel’s Vineyard The Year of Mercy and Rachel’s Vineyard
Bernadette Broderick
At the start of the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis spoke of the need for mercy and forgiveness in the case of women who repent ...

 
Searching for God’s wisdom in our daily livesSearching for God’s wisdom in our daily lives
Laura Manzo
This article presents an overview of the Old Testament Book of Sirach, and considers three weekday lectionary readings on wisdom. ...

 
Nothing is beyond the scope of faith. Morality and EuropeFocus OnNothing is beyond the scope of faith. Morality and Europe
Ashley Beck
Britain and Northern Ireland will vote on 23 June 2016 whether or not to remain a member of the European Union. How can we be guided ...

 
Engaging the soul in faithEngaging the soul in faith
Kathy Bishop
This article locates the soul at the centre of faith and explores ways of engaging the soul using two spiritual formation programmes. ...

 
When mercy and faithfulness have met
Chris Dyczek OFM
Mercy is widely named as a remedy for conflict, but this is often viewed as a matter mostly for state interventions. The ...

 
Breaking The Word

Sixth week of Easter
Monday 2 May
St Athanasius
Acts 16.11-15
Psalm 149.1-6, 9
John 15.26-16.4
Easter means that we are always on the verge of something new, and that comes out clearly in today’s readings. In the first reading, from Acts, there is an immense new beginning, as the gospel makes the momentous crossing of the Aegean Sea from Asia into Europe ...
 
Sunday 1 May
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Acts 15.1-2, 22-29
Psalm 66
Revelation 21.10-14, 22-23
John 14.23 -29
When we read the Old Testament, we always read of the ‘twelve tribes’ of Israel, and when we read the New Testament we read of the ‘twelve Apostles’, but it is always worth noting that often the lists of the two sets of twelve are different ...