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Reflection

A reflection for the Second Sunday of Lent, March 12 2017

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corceREFLECTION - Greetings of peace!  In her reflection for the second Sunday of Lent, Pat Gaffney, General Secretary of Pax Christi UK writes: "Following the accord between Hitler and Mussolini in 1939, Josef Mayr-Nusser chose to stay in Italy, unable to associate with Hitler's project which he deemed incompatible with the Gospel...

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Lent 2017: Reflection for Ash Wednesday – Proclaim a fast!

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corceREFLECTION - Deep in many religious traditions, including in our own Christian faith, is a recognition of prayer and fasting as essential dimensions of spiritual practice. Particularly appropriate in the face of intractable evil or as an expression of repentance, fasting also carries social and political weight – all of which seem particularly important this year...

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Migration and Peace

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migrazione e paceREFLECTION - On February 21-22, 2017, The VI International Forum on “Migration and Peace – From reaction to action” promoted by the Scalabrini International Migration Network(SIMN), by the Dicastery for Integral Human Development of the Holy See and by the Konrad Adenauer Stitfung took place in Rome...

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The Internet: Minors and Adults More Always More Connected

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giovani internet cellREFLECTION - In preparation for Safer Internet Day, the annual day promoting the safe and responsible use of digital technologies, Ipsos (a global market research and consulting firm) released the results of its survey on behalf of the Save the Children organization on the subject: Consensus in the digital environment: perception and awareness among teens and adults...

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SIMPLICITY by Antonietta Augruso

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simplicityREFLECTION - “Child, / if you find the kite of your fantasy,/bind it with the intelligence of your heart. / You will see the sprouting of spellbound gardens / and your mother will become a plant, /which will cover you with its leaves. / Turn your hands into two white doves / to take peace /and the order of things everywhere. / However, before learning...

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A reflection for the Second Sunday of Advent

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candleREFLECTION - Greetings of peace! Throughout Advent, we'll be posting resources promoting and encouraging an exploration of peace spirituality and the actions that flow from a faith that is rooted in peace and justice. Each Sunday, and on other Holy Days of Advent and Christmas, we'll share a reflection through our revamped "Peace Stories" blog...
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ADVENT 2016: A reflection for the First Sunday of Advent, November 27

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advREFLECTION - Isaiah 2:1-5 | Romans 13:11-14 | Matthew 24:37-44 “And do this because you know the time; it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep.” Romans 13:11 Who or what do we wait for? Advent is a strange time. We wait for the One who has already come. We wait for the One who is in our midst struggling and living among us. We wait for the One...

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Advent as a Liturgical Season

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liturgiaREFLECTION - Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum university. Q: May you help me on the issue of Advent season, since we are approaching it? What is its formation and its theology? — D.K., Harare, Zimbabwe A: This is a vast question and it is not easy to respond briefly...

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The religious in Italy and the crisis: current numbers and changes. Fr Gaetani (CISM): “In harmony with Francis’ reform”

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gaetaniREFLECTION - The general assembly of the Italian Conference of Major Superiors (CISM) to be held in Rimini November 14-18 will focus on the reorganization of the Provinces. For the President, Fr Luigi Gaetani, it is necessary “to take stock of reality: we are witnessing a decrease in the number of vocations along with the ageing of our confreres...

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Guidelines for an Evaluation of our Life of Poverty and Minority

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povertà minorileREFLECTION - In the Little Flowers of St. Francis, we read a very telling episode where Francis is open to learning a profound lesson from a simple country man: “Tell me,” he said, “are you Brother Francis of Assisi?” And when Francis assured him that he was, the peasant said, “Well, then, try to be as good as everyone thinks you are...

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Bishops and Consecrated Persons: Journeying in Communion

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antonianumREFLECTIONS - The key words of the International Meeting for Episcopal Vicars and Delegates for Consecrated Life are communion and reciprocity. The Meeting started on October 28. The Meeting then proceeded in the Clementine Hall in the Vatican with an audience with the Holy Father who exhorted the participants to: «love Consecrated Life..

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The numbers of religious life 50 years after the Council. Why the crisis is not yet behind us

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vita religiosa chartREFLECTION - The number of men belonging to religious orders in the years 1965-2015 declined by 39.58% (-130 545). Although figures are similar in women religious institutes (-44,61%), the overall number was dramatically lower, involving half million women (-428.828). The fact that religious life was experiencing a period of difficulty was known.

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Associates – More Than a Partnership

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book-1209805 640REFLECTION - Associate life is more than a mere partnership with the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Webster’s Dictionary defines the word associate as a “partner, ally, or affiliate.” In fact, a mere dictionary definition limits our Dominican charism. The Holy Spirit, not Webster, defines us as Associates. The four pillars of Dominican life are prayer, study, community...

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Comboni missionaries reflect on urban ministry in Africa

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pastorale urbanaREFLECTION - The Comboni missionaries from seven provinces of English-speaking Africa and Mozambique (APDESAM) gathered from 5th to 10th September 2016 in Pretoria for a workshop on Urban Ministry. They were joined by four lay women from two urban parishes of the Comboni missionaries in South Africa. Fr. Mariano Tibaldo represented...

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Our ancient, deep, extraordinary vocation

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comboniREFLECTION - Father David Kinnear Glenday, who comes from Scotland, first met the Comboni Missionaries when he was a boy of nine. He was ordained a priest almost forty years ago, and has since served as a missionary in Uganda and the Philippines. From 1991 to 1997 he was superior general, and is now again based in Rome, as secretary general...

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On Women Deacons

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hansenREFLECTION - Interview with Luke Hansen, SJ on Women Deacons. My prayer for them is that they are discerning. I hope they don’t look at historical practice as rigidly dictating what we can or cannot do today. Discernment would mean that alongside crucial historical and theological evidence, there will be serious consideration of the pastoral...

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Study Guide on the Care of Creation

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CuraCreato-IT-212x300REFLECTION - The resource booklet which you are about to read is likewise an exhortation to be open to the world around us, to listen attentively to all those creatures who inhabit this little planet, our common home. It arises from an urgent concern that the Cry of the Earth and the Cries of the Poor are being disregarded and that, as Franciscans...

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The Meeting Place. The new project of affective sex education presented in Krakow

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uniteREFLECTION - Under the title "The Meeting Place" and built on the image of the tent, this educational path accompanies the young people as they learn to understand of themselves as persons, called to live relationships with one another, with dignity and respect. The discovery of the plan of God, who calls each person to love, is the culmination of six units that compose this path.

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Growing number of associates partner with religious communities to quench spiritual thirst

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spiritual thirstREFLECTION - Conni Dubick majored in theology in college, then became a director of religious education and spent years working in university administration. But it wasn't until she discovered the Dominicans Sisters of Peace that she found what she felt was missing — not as a sister, but as an associate, a nonconsecrated man or woman who has made a public...

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Sisters of St. Joseph Federation Event promotes love, unity in face of tragedy

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sisters st josephREFLECTION - As I sat on the five-hour flight from Los Angeles to Orlando on July 9, headed to the 2016 Sisters of St. Joseph Federation Event, it was impossible not to find my thoughts drifting to the events that happened there June 12. I had watched in horror as the reports of the shooting at Pulse nightclub came streaming in...

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Inculturation in moral theology

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sedosREFLECTION - Julian Saldanha, SJ. 1. A Necessary Task The task of inculturation in moral theology is part of the inculturation of theology in general. It is a task which was laid on the 'young churches' by Vatican II. From the customs and traditions of their people, from their wisdom and their learning, from their arts and sciences, these churches are to borrow...

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