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Reflection

Comboni Missionaries. Belonging as gratitude

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glendatREFLECTION - “As we celebrate 150 years since Daniel Comboni had the courage of founding his Institute, we can only wonder at the width, vitality and freshness of his vision. Once again, from the very beginning, he was clear, both in thought and action, that God had shared his mission with the whole Church, with every baptized person, and, in spite of the many difficulties...

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United Kingdom: the uneven trend of vocations in seminaries and monasteries. From recruitment to discernment

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Christopher-Jamison-2-268x172.jpgREFLECTION - The figures on candidates to the priesthood and aspiring nuns in the Church of England and Wales are encouraging while the path for becoming diocesan priests is considered less attractive. Fr Jamison: “the keystone is the creation of strong parish communities capable of giving rise to future seminarians.” The initiatives promoted across dioceses....

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Aspects of women’s religious life in Zambia: formation, ministries, education

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Cover-Sowing-bountifully-300x184REFLECTIONS - Three-fold Collaboration. The study “Women’s Religious Life in Zambia: Formation, Ministries and Education” represents the collaborative effort of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG), the Zambia Association of Sisterhoods (ZAS), and the GHR Foundation (GHR). It is intended to spur conversation among multiple stakeholders...

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Reflection – The power of the Easter Season

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columban-reflection-the-power-of-the-easter-seasonREFLECTION - The parable of the loving father and his two sons revisited. The Easter Season reminds us that from death, comes life. An encounter with the Risen Christ can bring peace, forgiveness and reconciliation out of situations of animosity, division and the inability to forgive. Columban Fr Barry Cairns shares an Easter story...

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The Way of the Cross with reflections drawn from the First World War Conscientious Objectors

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pax christi logo 02REFLECTION - Wilfred Owen, the soldier poet,  recognised how the suffering of  his  men in the First World War  matched the stages of Christ’s own passion and death.  Four months before  he was himself killed in  France , Owen was training troops in England and wrote: For 14 hours yesterday I was at work  – teaching Christ to lift his cross...

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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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