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July/August 2015

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Evangelical Counsels: Obedience
Michael A. Hayes

The word evangelical has its root in the Greek, evangelion, meaning good news and as such is closely related to the Christian Gospel. Counsels in the Christian sense are not understood as commands of Jesus imposed on his followers, rather they are invitations, indeed they are a response to the invitation of the Spirit and they are linked to the call to perfection and the voluntary renunciation of material goods.

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Jul 01 2015
Evangelical Counsels: ObedienceEditorialEvangelical Counsels: Obedience
Michael A. Hayes
The word evangelical has its root in the Greek, evangelion, meaning good news and as such is closely related to the Christian ...

 
Introducing a liturgy: reflecting on a moment of communication Contemporary TheologyIntroducing a liturgy: reflecting on a moment of communication
Thomas O’Loughlin
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Forty Years On. A parish priest looks back on his ministry in the light of the Exodus traditions Forty Years On. A parish priest looks back on his ministry in the light of the Exodus traditions
John Deehan
The author reflects on forty years since his ordination with reference to the biblical traditions of the journey of the Israelites. ...

 
Written for our instruction (1): God in the Letter to the Romans Written for our instruction (1): God in the Letter to the Romans
Thomas D. Stegman SJ
We start a series of articles on the rich theology contained in Paul’s letter to the Romans. Thomas D. Stegman SJ is ...

 
Collegiality for the twenty-first century Past and PresentCollegiality for the twenty-first century
Paul Hypher
This article explores the history and theology of Collegiality and its relevance to the Catholic Church today. Paul Hypher is a ...

 
Year of Consecrated Life 2015–Holy preaching: women’s voices in the Dominican family Leadership & MinistryYear of Consecrated Life 2015–Holy preaching: women’s voices in the Dominican family
Ann Catherine Swailes OP
As the Dominicans celebrate 800 years of history, this article reflects on the role of women in the Order, and on what ...

 
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Mary McClure SND
From a conviction of the ‘Goodness of God’, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur continue to express the original charism of ...

 
The healing ministry The healing ministry
Jim McManus CssR
Jim McManus CSsR reports on a Symposium on the ministry of healing in the Church, which he helped to organise. It was held from ...

 
The Year of Mercy (1)The Year of Mercy (1)
Ronald D. Witherup PSS
Mercy is a primary theme of the papacy of Pope Francis. In this first article of a series, we will take a closer look at ...

 
Getting Resourced: End of Year liturgy: ‘Next Steps’Getting Resourced: End of Year liturgy: ‘Next Steps’
Claire Fernandes
Claire Fernandes continues her series of class acts of worship, drawing on her experience as a visiting lecturer in Primary ...

 
A personal reflection on receiving and giving pastoral care Focus OnA personal reflection on receiving and giving pastoral care
Pippa Bonner
Pippa Bonner is a retired social worker who latterly ran a hospice bereavement service and is currently eucharistic minister in the ...

 
Priests and People: bound by mutual need Priests and People: bound by mutual need
Chris Richardson
Tensions occur in some parishes when either the priests or the people ignore the vocation of the other. Here a summary of the key ...

 
Pope Francis’ saints: Celebrating The Joy of the Gospel Pope Francis’ saints: Celebrating The Joy of the Gospel
Silas S. Henderson
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Breaking The Word

Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Wednesday 1 July

St Oliver Plunkett, Bishop and Martyr - Memorial
Genesis 21.5, 8-20
Psalm 33.7-8, 10-13
Matthew 8.28-34
What to do with a problem like Ishmael
Today's first reading offers an opportunity to reflect on illegal immigrants. Sarah's treatment of Hagar must come across as quite callous ...
 
Sunday 5 July
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ezekiel 2.2-5
Psalm 122
2Corinthians 12.7-10
Mark 6.1-6
It is easy to speculate about what Paul's 'thorn in the flesh' might have been. Some have argued that this might be sexual temptation, or a fierce temper, or perhaps a person Paul found particularly difficult ...