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The Year of Mercy: Spiritual works of mercy
Michael A. Hayes

There are over 900 churches in Rome, and all of them have their own story and their own character. At one end of the famous Via Giulia – named for Pope Julius II – is the mighty church of Sant’ Andrea – the church of the Florentine community – at the other end is the much smaller church of Santa Maria dell’Orazione e Morte (St Mary of Prayer and the Dead) built in the 16th century and rebuilt in 1733.

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Nov 01 2016

 

The Year of Mercy: Spiritual works of mercyEditorialThe Year of Mercy: Spiritual works of mercy
Michael A. Hayes
There are over 900 churches in Rome, and all of them have their own story and their own character. At one end of the famous Via ...

Contemporary TheologyPope Francis and the Second Vatican Council (1)
Gerald O’Collins SJ
The first of two articles which look at how Pope Francis’ leadership of the Church draws on the teaching of the Second ...
 
A table in the wildernessA table in the wilderness
Thomas O’Loughlin
Tables are the most familiar of our household objects yet they connect our everyday lives with the world of faith, writes ...

 Does God really approve of genocide? Making sense of the Book of JoshuaDoes God really approve of genocide? Making sense of the Book of Joshua
John Deehan
What can we make of the violence and genocide to be found in the Old Testament Book of Joshua? John Deehan offers a perspective. The ...
 
St Peter Claver and modern slaveryPast and PresentSt Peter Claver and modern slavery
Maria Giertych SSPC
9 September was the feast of St Peter Claver, the ‘saint of the slaves.’ To mark this Bishop Patrick Lynch SSCC celebrated ...

 Jubilee of Deacons for the Year of MercyLeadership & MinistryJubilee of Deacons for the Year of Mercy
Vincent Nichols
Here we gratefully present the homily given by Cardinal Vincent Nichols for the 'Jubilee of Deacons for the Year of Mercy' held in ...
 
Finding the centreFinding the centre
Theodora Hawksley
Theodora Hawksley is a novice in the Congregation of Jesus. Here she writes about her postulancy and novitiate.
A few weeks ago, ...
 
Prayer in schoolPrayer in school
Bernard Howell
The centrality of prayer in the life of a Catholic school is considered in this article by Bernard Howell, lay chaplain at St ...
 
The enduring appeal of LourdesThe enduring appeal of Lourdes
Sean Whittle
Each year thousands of people from the UK take part in pilgrimages to Lourdes. There is an enduring appeal to Lourdes which ...
 
Teaching as ministryTeaching as ministry
Chris Richardson
This article argues that teaching is not only a ministry that traces its origins back to the earliest days of the Church but one ...
 
Embracing deathFocus OnEmbracing death
Evleen Mann
Evleen Mann writes from personal experience. She is a member of the Dympna Circle: three women who write articles of a spiritual and ...

 The final act? Renunciation and the possibility of Christian sannyāsaThe final act? Renunciation and the possibility of Christian sannyāsa
Peter Tyler
This article explores India’s classification of the spiritual progress of life, and suggests some lessons this approach can teach us ...
 
The role of women in God’s plan for salvationThe role of women in God’s plan for salvation
Sean Loone
Matthew's gospel provides a biblical reflection for Advent on the role of women in God's plan for salvation, writes Sean Loone. The ...
 
Breaking The Word

Thirty-first week in Ordinary time
Tuesday 1 November
Solemnity of All Saints
Revelation 7.2-4, 9-14
Psalm 24.1-6
1 John 3.1-3
Matthew 5.1-12
Today, appropriately enough, we open November, month of the dead, by celebrating the Solemnity of All Saints, the feast of all those who have gone before us and are now with God. These ‘saints’ knew the same temptations and frailties that we know ...
 
Sunday 6 November
Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
2Maccabees 7.1-2, 9-14;
Psalm 16
2Thessalonians 2.16-3.5
Luke 20.27-38
Perhaps it was coincidence, or perhaps it was the very fact that both stories have the unusual combination of a widow and her seven sons that led the compilers of the lectionary to offer us today a gospel and first reading that feature such a cast list. But both stories are used to the same purpose, to give a rousing endorsement to the doctrine ....