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March/April 2018

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The 'Our Father' as a pastoral change
Ronald D. Witherup PSS

This article examines Pope Francis' recent comments on the translation of the Lord's Prayer from a biblical and theological point of view, with attention to pastoral ramifications. Ronald D. Witherup PSS is Superior General of the Society of the Priests of St Sulpice. Pope Francis obviously does not hesitate to go where 'angels fear to tread'.

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March/April 2018

Acting Editor: Dr Anthony Towey

Two sides of a koan
Anthony Towey

The Christian juxtaposition of Lent and Eastertide might appear at a first glance to be a somewhat contrary contemplation. Lent begins with the dust and ashes of our earthiness and mortality while the Easter exsultet calls upon angels and heavenly hosts in heralding Christ the Morning Star, the quintessence eternal. Caught between misery and ecstasy, grave and zenith, it is small wonder that in the name of religious equanimity, some Christian denominations have eschewed a sense of liturgical season in favour of more predictable patterns of piety.Read More

Mar 01 2018
Editorial Two sides of a koan
Anthony Towey
The Christian juxtaposition of Lent and Eastertide might appear at a first glance to be a somewhat contrary contemplation. Lent ...

Contemporary TheologyThe 'Our Father' as a pastoral change
Ronald D. Witherup PSS
This article examines Pope Francis' recent comments on the translation of the Lord's Prayer from a biblical and ...

Fire and light  -  the chasm between theory and practice at the Easter VigilFire and light - the chasm between theory and practice at the Easter Vigil
Thomas O'Loughlin
The Easter Vigil poses many practical difficulties for celebration. However, are we by-passing the deeper problems it poses to ...

'Christ lives in me!': Honouring the Martyrs during the Easter season
Silas Henderson SDS
Devotion to the martyr-saints during Eastertide can add to, rather than detract from, the joy of Easter. Silas Henderson SDS ...


Tolkien, Newman and The Dream of GerontiusPast & PresentTolkien, Newman and The Dream of Gerontius
Geoffrey G. Attard
Cardinal Newman had a profound influence on the life and work of the author J.R.R. Tolkien, writes Geoffrey G. Attard, a ...

Leadership & MinistryPreparing for Easter - Lenten prayer spaces in school
Marie Norbury
This article describes some of the Lenten prayer opportunities available at a London school to demonstrate why it is important ...

Care for the aged
Duncan Macpherson
This article considers the varying experiences of growing old between countries, social classes, and individual circumstances. ...


'Whose least unworthy name is Love'. In gratitude for Michael Paul Gallagher SJFocus On'Whose least unworthy name is Love'. In gratitude for Michael Paul Gallagher SJ
Paul Rowan
Over two years have passed since the death of Michael Paul Gallagher SJ. What follows are a few personal reflections from a former ...

Evangelization: Looking for mission-effectiveness Evangelization: Looking for mission-effectiveness
Chris Richardson
Responding to his bishop's call to consider the renewal required for mission-effectiveness, the author argues that personal ...


Understanding the mind of Pope Francis Understanding the mind of Pope Francis
Paul A. McGavin
From the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis has not been averse to engaging with difficult and delicate areas of ...


Review article: The Coming of Consolation: How God Gets Through to Us Review article: The Coming of Consolation: How God Gets Through to Us
Toby Terrar
The Coming of Consolation: How God Gets Through to Us, [COC], by William Sampson, first published by Sheed and Ward Ltd. in 1987. ...

Old Testament Chronicle 2018Old Testament Chronicle 2018
Bernard Robinson
Part two of another annual survey of some recent books on the Old Testament. Before his retirement, Bernard Robinson taught ...

 
 
 
Thursday 1 March
Second Thursday of Lent
Jeremiah 17.5-10
Psalm 1.1-4,6
Luke 16.19-31
The parable of the rich man - often known as Dives (Latin for rich) and Lazarus is unique to Luke. In the after-life the roles of each man are reversed. Dives, instead of his luxurious life-style, wearing the finest dyed linen ...
 
Sunday readings January/February 2018
Sunday 4 March
Third Sunday of Lent
Exodus 20.1-17
Psalm 18
1Corinthians 1.22-25
John 2.13-25
In many ways the Exodus was the defining reality of Israel's relationship with God. The Law which was given through Moses on the mountain followed the liberation from Egypt: it was subsequent to God's saving action. Hence...
 
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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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