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Spirituality

5 Non-Saintly Films That Moved Me toward Sanctity

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web-of-gods-and-men-sony-classicsSPIRITUALITY - In the world of Catholic cinema, there is a certain strain of saint movie that seems to traffic primarily in the currency of “pious” and “well-intentioned.” I don’t like this strain, primarily (I fear) because I am neither pious nor particularly well-intentioned. But I tell myself that my dislike is tied to a deeper, more problematic reason...

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Ireland - Praying at "mouse" pace

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alan-director2SPIRITUALITY - The Encyclical on the environment is nearing its final stages, as the Pope mentioned in the Angelus last Sunday, to which he invited to participate "with a renewed attention to environmental degradation, but also to the recovery of one's own territory". The document - due to be published by June 18 - will be addressed to everyone...

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"Follow Me": But where would you have me go?

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Br Robert OConnor fms150SPIRITUALITY - In this Year of Consecrated Life, each of us need not only return to the prophetic stance and mysticism of our founders and our charisms, but to also unlock the seminal treasures of the gospel story in which Jesus reveals to us his ‘Abba’ the God of surprises, writes Marist Brother Robert O'Connor in his piece for CRA's Reflection Series on the Year of Consecrated Life.

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Prayer booklet from Franciscans International on five wounds of Jesus

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hp stimmate francescoSPIRITUALITY - A very interesting prayer reflection shared by Franciscan International which suggests a very practical and concrete contemplation of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ modeled to St. Francis of Assisi with a JPIC perspective focusing on wounded people for /with which most of you work.

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Join the Jesuits on an Ignatian Pilgrimage for Lent 2015

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pat-douglaspreviewSPIRITUALITY - “I find safety in busyness, because I get to stay in control when I keep myself busy. It is when I stop being busy — when I stop doing more — that I am at my most vulnerable. It is here that I reveal my imperfect self to God.”  Brother Pat Douglas, SJ. Next month, thousands of Jesuits and Ignatian partners will risk the “safety of busyness” by taking part...

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From Charity to JPIC Advocacy

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Charity Advocacy-b1920fdcSPIRITUALITY - Thoughthe originator of a popular metaphor used to introduce JPIC to me many years ago is unknown, the image has continued to move me deeply. Our workshop moderator shared the story of a group of picnickers along a river that noticed the bodies of several babies floating down the river. They jumped in to rescue them and noticed even more babies floating by...

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Nemi, “Centro Ad Gentes” - Retreat Program 2015

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nemipreviewSPIRITUALITY - Centro Ad Gentes, a Conference & Retreat Center, is owned and operated by the Society of the Divine Word, an order of 6,000 Catholic missionary priests and Brothers who serve in 67 countries in: Educational Institutions, Seminaries, Promotion of Peace and Justice, Communications Media, Retreat Centers, Biblical Apostolate…

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World AIDS Day prayer service and Hymn Suggestion booklet

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SPIRITUALITY - The 2014 World AIDS Day Prayer Service produced by the AIDS Committee of the IHM Sisters, Monroe, Michigan and a booklet with the words to the suggested hymns. We encourage you to share this prayer service with any individual, group, diocese, NGO - with anyone who may interested in using it or sharing it with...

 

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Bishop Rodrigues: Pray for the first South African Saint, Benedict Daswa

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southafricapreviewSPIRITUALITY - The Diocese of Tzaneen in South Africa says that theologians who have been studying the life and death of the Servant of God, Benedict Daswa of South Africa, will gather in Rome on 9th October to cast their vote on whether he should be considered a martyr or not. The Bishop of Tzaneen, Joao Rodrigues, who is on pilgrimage...

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Euroframe meeting to Lourdes

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Euroframe Lourdes 2014SPIRITUALITY - The Union of Friars Minor of Europe (UFME) every two years organizes a meeting of the Franciscan Youth of Europe in a significant place for the Christian faith and Franciscan spirituality. This year the Marian shrine of Lourdes was chosen, a place known throughout the world. So, at the end of August 25-29, about 300 young people, accompanied by some friars...

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Why Mary matters to non-Catholic Indians

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marySPIRITUALITY - In India, the month of September begins a whole series of feasts whose popularity seems to grow stronger with time. There are harvest festivals that date back to medieval India and earlier. There are feasts of goddesses and saints whose celebrations cut across conventional religion. Be they Catholic, Hindu or in between, popular devotions never seem to die...

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Innovation In Montfortian Spiritality

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Montfort previewSPIRITUALITY - The needs and demands of 21st century spiritual aspirations call for nothing short of innovation. Some of the international leaders of Montfort Brothers were in MSC, Bangalore, for an appraisal of this global initiative. The Vicar General of the Society, Yvan Passebon, from Rome and K.M. Joseph, the previous President of CRI and now a member...

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Exploring spirituality as new ministry in Cambodia

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cambodiapreviewSPIRITUALITY - A year after a Spirituality Committee was established to investigate the spiritual needs of the Cambodian Church and in what ways the Society of Jesus can respond to these needs, the Jesuits in Cambodia are exploring spirituality as their new ministry. The committee, composed of Jesuit Fathers Kang Ingun, Rudy Chandra, Gabriel Lamug-Nanawa...

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Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in China

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CHINA, Guangzhou.Sacred Heart cathedralSPIRITUALITY - Every Chinese family has the typical image of the Sacred Heart, even after the social and political upheavals and the atheistic propaganda of the regime. The first church dedicated to the Sacred Heart dates back to 1863: destroyed in the cultural revolution, it was rebuilt in 1999. Devotion and consecration to the Sacred Heart...

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The Word of God and the prayer in the religious community

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SPIRITUALITY - "One of the most beautiful streets to join in prayer passes through the Word of God. The lectio divina introduces to the direct conversation with the Lord and unlocks the treasures of wisdom. The intimate friendship with the One who loves us makes us able to see with the eyes of God, to speak with His Word...

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Archbishop of Yangon calls for an Easter of reconciliation

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bopreviewSPIRITUALITY - Archbishop Charles Maung Bo of Yangon in his Easter message invited Christians and all men of good will in Myanmar to be promoters of reconciliation. The prelate said that the key message of the Resurrection is reconciliation. "In Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, and He gave us the ministry of reconciliation.

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The Way of the Cross in Juba, South Sudan

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Way-of-The-Cross-Franciscans-JubapreviewSPIRITUALITY - At this time in the lives of the people of South Sudan, praying the Way of the Cross has taken on an extra special significance. This traditional devotion, inspired by the love of St Francis of Assisi for Christ Crucified and spread by the early Franciscans, is one that has become familiar to most Catholics...

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Jesuits Announce First-Ever Communal Prayer Experience for Lent and Easter 2014

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mtgl-logo-240previewSPIRITUALITY - On Sunday, March 2, the Jesuits of the U.S. will embark on a digital, communal Lenten/Easter prayer experience. Moved to Greater Love is a nine-week program beginning the week of Ash Wednesday and concluding the second week after Easter. All are invited to join at Jesuits.org/GreaterLove. The nine U.S...

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Three Simple Questions on the Threshold of Lent

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chaputpreviewSPIRITUALITY - Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, falls on March 5 this year. Lived well, Lent can convert the heart and transform a person's life. That's the whole point of the season - to ready us for the miracle of Easter. But self-examination, repentance and reconciliation are rarely painless; they can sound a lot easier in theory...

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The courage of youths

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SPIRITUALITY - Thousands of young people from European countries convened in Strasbourg, France, to attend the 36th meeting of the Taize Community (Dec 28-Jan.1) held annually across different European cities. The youths - 30thousand according to Taize organizers - shared moments of reflection and prayer, hosted...

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