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May/June 2017

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Seeing in a new light
Michael A. Hayes

A few weeks ago across the country and across the world, people gathered for the great Easter Vigil. The beginning of that celebration was the lucernarium or service of light when the faithful gathered around a new fire that was blessed and then, from the new fire, the great Paschal candle was lit – the candle that is the sign of the Resurrection and stands in churches everywhere, close to the ambo, as a sign of the Risen Lord.

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Michael A. Hayes 1957 - 2017

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Rev. Professor Michael Hayes editor of The Pastoral Review.

Many friends and readers of The Pastoral Review and The Tablet will have been shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Michael Hayes early on Easter Saturday. Priest and Professor, Editor and Executive, Michael was a man of many roles and talents who wore his skills with an enviable combination of elegance, charm and determined dexterity.  

Michael was born in Limerick, Ireland in 1957 to Sean and Margaret Hayes, a twin to Elizabeth and one of seven siblings. His post-primary education took place at St Munchin’s College in Limerick and he proceeded to study for the priesthood at St Patrick’s Pontifical College in Maynooth.   Read More

Apr 23 2017

 

Seeing in a new lightEditorialSeeing in a new light
Michael A. Hayes
A few weeks ago across the country and across the world, people gathered for the great Easter Vigil. The beginning of that ...
 
Is there any difference between ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue? Contemporary TheologyIs there any difference between ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue?
Kevin McDonald
Kevin McDonald, Archbishop Emeritus of Southwark, offers some reflections on the distinction between ecumenical and inter-religious ...
 
From Fear of Freedom to Freedom from Fear:Toleration Theology in Dignitatis Humanae (2) From Fear of Freedom to Freedom from Fear:Toleration Theology in Dignitatis Humanae (2)
Anthony Towey
Mindful that 2017 is a significant year for ecumenical relationships, in this two-part article, Anthony Towey explains why Vatican ...
 
The return of the soul? The return of the soul?
Peter Tyler
As psychologists and theologians alike have recently started using ‘soul-language’ again, this article explores some of the ...
 
Our Lady of Fatima: exploring the message of faith, hope and lovePast and PresentOur Lady of Fatima: exploring the message of faith, hope and love
David Fincham
May 2017 marks the centenary of the first of six apparitions of Our Lady to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. David ...
 
The new programme for the formation of presbyters (2) Leadership & MinistryThe new programme for the formation of presbyters (2)
Ronald D. Witherup PSS
This second of three articles provides an overview of a new document on priestly formation approved by Pope Francis. Ronald ...
 
A  review of ‘Relational Ministry: Integrating Ministry and Psychotherapy’ A review of ‘Relational Ministry: Integrating Ministry and Psychotherapy’
Michael O’Sullivan S J
This article reviews a new book by Catherine Gibson OP and finds a welcome publication that can serve the Churches well at ...
 
The best possible death. The end of life care evolutionThe best possible death. The end of life care evolution
Stephanie MacGillivray
How can we address the pastoral needs of those who are dying? This article explores the changes happening in pastoral and ...
 
Preaching the Resurrection (2). The contemporary Church Preaching the Resurrection (2). The contemporary Church
Frank J. Matera
The previous article explained how the early Church preached the Resurrection in light of the challenges it faced. This article ...
 
Melting into God. Mortality, resurrection and everlasting lifeFocus OnMelting into God. Mortality, resurrection and everlasting life
Pippa Bonner
A reflection on the lives and deaths of others, and our own mortality, by Pippa Bonner. She writes as part of the Dympna Circle, ...
 
Loose of our European moorings Loose of our European moorings
Patrick H. Daly
This article traces the history of the Church’s engagement with the European project, and makes pastoral suggestions as to how ...
 
Eucharist: Sacrificial memorial and sacred banquetEucharist: Sacrificial memorial and sacred banquet
Chris Richardson
Without seeking to minimise the importance of the Eucharist in the life of a Catholic, this article argues that an inward looking ...
 
Breaking The Word

Monday 1 May
Third Week of Eastertide
St Joseph the Worker
Acts 6.8-15
Psalm 119.23-24, 26-27, 29-302
John 6.22-29

Today is the memorial of St Joseph the Worker, a response to the celebration of Workers’ Day in certain cultures; Joseph’s great virtue was of course that of silent obedience, and that we should do well to imitate. I’m suggesting however...
 
Sunday 7 May
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Acts 2.14, 36-41
Psalm 22
1Peter 2.20-25
John 10.1-10
 
Even though today much of the agricultural life in the Western world is highly mechanised and systematised, it is not difficult to have an image of sheep and shepherds brought to mind based on either experience or frequent pictures available through the media. What is important to take from the gospel today, however, is that in the parable offered by Jesus how very different is the relationship between shepherd and sheep ...
 
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