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September/October 2017

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Luther's favourite epistle
Adrian Graffy

In the five hundredth anniversary year of the Reformation, Adrian Graffy takes a fresh look at Martin Luther's favourite epistle. The author is a priest in the Diocese of Brentwood.

"The Epistle to the Galatians is my epistle. To it I am as it were in wedlock. It is my Katherine."1 One might have expected, quite reasonably, that it would have been the Letter to the Romans which gained first place in Luther's affections.

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September/October 2017

Acting Editor: Dr Anthony Towey

Prayer as contested space
Anthony Towey

Recently a friend invited me along to Broxbourne Zoo. It was a damp day, I had a runny tummy and a cranky toddler in tow. The last thing I was expecting was a spiritual experience, but suddenly I heard a loud roar echoing round the skies. Since I live under the Heathrow flight path, I assumed it was a jumbo jet, but at the same instant, my friend began ushering the children: "Quick" he said, "it's the White Lion."  Read More

Sep 04 2017
Prayer as contested space EditorialPrayer as contested space
Anthony Towey
Recently a friend invited me along to Broxbourne Zoo. It was a damp day, I had a runny tummy and a cranky toddler in tow. The last ...
 
Luther's favourite epistle Contemporary TheologyLuther's favourite epistle
Adrian Graffy
In the five hundredth anniversary year of the Reformation, Adrian Graffy takes a fresh look at Martin Luther's favourite epistle. ...
 
Many storytellers,	one gospel - and now one lectionary Many storytellers, one gospel - and now one lectionary
Thomas O'Loughlin
The 1969 lectionary is one of the greatest fruits of the Second Vatican Council - and one that has affected the worship of ...
 
Part of the Divine or apart from the Divine? Part of the Divine or apart from the Divine?
Fleur Dorrell
In this article, the writer invites us to reconsider the biblical notion of holiness through specifically chosen texts. While ...
 
A listening Church?Past & presentA listening Church?
Chris McDonnell
This article recalls the National Pastoral Congress held in Liverpool in 1980, when the future of the ordained priesthood was not ...

Further reflections on the new programme for the formation of presbyters (4) Leadership & MinistryFurther reflections on the new programme for the formation of presbyters (4)
Ronald D. Witherup PSS
This final article in the series continues the analysis of the vocabulary of the revised programme of priestly ...

  Homily for Jim Homily for Jim
Gerald O'Collins SJ
Gerald O'Collins SJ, adjunct professor of Australian Catholic University, preached this homily at his brother's funeral at ...

 Franciscan ecumenismFranciscan ecumenism
Chris Dyczek OFM
Mindful that these months mark the 500th anniversary of Luther's protest, the author considers recent Franciscan contributions to ...

 'Like man made new': in defence of Amoris Laetitia'Like man made new': in defence of Amoris Laetitia
Paul A. McGavin
Controversy surrounding the reception of Amoris Laetitia has been fuelled by lack of attention to the implicit scriptural ...

No lasting Catholi-cityFocus OnNo lasting Catholi-city
Bridie Stringer
At a time which seems to truly exemplify Marshall McLuhan's aphorism 'The medium is the message,' this reflection explores the ...

 Living in newness of lifeLiving in newness of life
Frank J. Matera
Christ's Resurrection is the decisive event that inaugurates the resurrection of the dead and makes possible what Paul calls ...

Come and see Faith and vision in John's GospelCome and see Faith and vision in John's Gospel
Daniel J. Kearney 'Seeing is believing' as the saying goes. In the Gospel of John, vision accompanied by faith is seeing in a deeper sense, writes ...

 
Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time
Friday 1 September

1Thessalonians 4.1-8
Psalm 97.1-2, 5-6, 10-12
Matthew 25.1-13
Sometimes we find ourselves imagining that Christianity is not all that demanding. The readings for today may serve to counter this mistaken view. The first reading comes towards the end of the very first document of our New Testament, when Paul is giving instructions to his much-loved Thessalonians as to how they are to behave ...
 
 
Sunday 3 September
Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary time
Jeremiah 20.7-9
Psalm 62
Romans 12.1-2
Matthew 16.21-27

Perhaps many will be unsettled by Jeremiah's suggestion that God is a seducer and a bully as he complains about what he is going through in trying to carry out God's command. This is not the sort of language that you might expect from a prophet. But Jeremiah's experience has led him to such a conclusion. Perhaps part of the discomfort for us lies in the fact that so many of us try to seduce or bully God ...
 
 
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Michael A. Hayes 1957 - 2017

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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.   Read More

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