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Evangelical Counsels: Chastity
Michael A. Hayes

A central tenet of the Church’s self-understanding is the universal call to holiness rooted in St Paul’s declaration in first Thessalonians ‘for this is the will of God, your sanctification’(4.3). The Church has discerned that the attainment of ‘holiness’, itself a gift from God, can be sought through the embracing of the ‘evangelical counsels’ of poverty, chastity, and obedience.

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May 01 2015

 

Evangelical Counsels: ChastityEditorialEvangelical Counsels: Chastity
Michael A. Hayes
A central tenet of the Church’s self-understanding is the universal call to holiness rooted in St Paul’s declaration in first ...

 
The diversifying Spirit: The gift of PentecostContemporary TheologyThe diversifying Spirit: The gift of Pentecost
Thomas O’Loughlin
Pentecost falls on 24 May this year. When we think of the Holy Spirit we think of unity, but the Spirit is also the giver of ...

 
The First Letter of Peter: A forgotten gem of the New TestamentThe First Letter of Peter: A forgotten gem of the New Testament
John Deehan
This article considers the richness and depth of an often overlooked text of the New Testament, written to encourage Christians of ...

 
Wrestling with Romans – Part TwoWrestling with Romans – Part Two
Adrian Graffy
This year marks five hundred years since Martin Luther wrote his Commentary on Romans. In the second of two articles Adrian Graffy ...

 
Responding to the call of Christ. Mary Theresa LedóchowskaPast and PresentResponding to the call of Christ. Mary Theresa Ledóchowska
Maria Giertych SSPC
Continuing our series to mark the Year of Consecrated Life 2015, Maria Giertych SSPC traces the history of the Missionary ...

 
Year of Consecrated Life 2015 ‘Mercy is a source of hope’: Discovering the Augustinian life Ruth EvansLeadership & MinistryYear of Consecrated Life 2015 ‘Mercy is a source of hope’: Discovering the Augustinian life Ruth Evans
Ruth Evans
Having recently joined the Augustinian Order, the author reflects on its charism of mercy and emphasis on relationships with others. ...

 
Year of Consecrated Life 2015 Amare est servire: To love is to serveYear of Consecrated Life 2015 Amare est servire: To love is to serve
Mary Campion McCarren FCJ
The writer explains how the charism of the Faithful Companions of Jesus, once linked almost exclusively with education, ...

 
A Directory on Homiletics: Will it make a difference?A Directory on Homiletics: Will it make a difference?
Ronald D. Witherup PSS
A new Directory on Homiletics was recently announced. This article summarises its main teachings and considers what it ...

 
What is Evangelii Gaudium saying to parishes?What is Evangelii Gaudium saying to parishes?
John Mulligan
Here the author reflects on the pastoral impact of Evangelii Gaudium. Has this document made any real difference to our perception ...

 
Pentecost for Catholic schoolsPentecost for Catholic schools
Claire Fernandes
Claire Fernandes continues her series of class acts of worship, drawing on her experience as a visiting lecturer in Primary ...

 
Encountering the Qu’ran	Focus OnEncountering the Qu’ran
Rodney Schofield
Pope Francis has called for interfaith dialogue with Muslims. This article looks at the central religious text of Islam, claimed ...

 
Mother ChurchMother Church
Bernard Howell
The Church as mother is an old idea, and maternal love – as embodied by Monica for her son Augustine – is a sign of God’s ...

 
Burning temples and chocolate bunnies – seeking authentic ritualsBurning temples and chocolate bunnies – seeking authentic rituals
Bridie Stringer
This article explores some surprising gateways to the Divine. These can provide opportunities for both evangelisation and healing. ...

 
Breaking The Word
Fourth week of Easter
Friday 1 May

St Joseph the Worker Acts 13.26-33;
Psalm 2.6-11
John 14.1-6

Although the readings do not necessarily allude to today’s feast of St Joseph the Worker there are intriguing allusions to fatherhood that bear reflection. The manner ...
 
Sunday 3 May
Fifth Sunday of Easter

Acts 9.26-31, Psalm 21,
1John 3.18-24, John 15.1-8
The parable of the true vine offers a wonderful image for contemplation, and although it can seem so positive and comforting, it does carry a challenge. Jesus clearly says that the branches that ..