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Reflection

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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What kind of ministry for tomorrow?

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dominguesREFLECTION - Fernando Domingues, MCCJ. The extra large number of people attending this Seminar on Intercultural Formation clearly shows the interest this subject arouses. In our day, vocations are scarce in certain regions whereas they abound in others. This phenomenon is rather perplexing. It is even more difficult to understand ...

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Missiology in its Relation to Intercultural Theology and Religious Studies

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missiologyREFLECTION - The debate as to whether it is still relevant to continue the use of the traditional subject title “Missiology” (Mission Studies) to cover the emerging issues in missiological science as a theological discipline has continued to gain more interest and reactions from many circles. Religious studies and intercultural theology have direct...

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Politics, Teilhard, and the world's future

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chardinREFLECTION -  country" mean? Where shall we go back to? The threat of building a "Mexican wall" or ousting Muslims from the country evokes a type of Aryan cleansing that, given our global history over the last century, is frightening. These candidates play on the fragile emotions of middle-class Americans who are fearful of losing jobs...

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'Discernment charged with merciful love': Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia, on Love in the Family

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francisREFLECTION - Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, published on 8 April 2016, transposes church teaching on marriage and the family from the key of law to that of virtue and should be celebrated, says Nicholas Austin SJ. This powerful new document offers ‘a Gospel-inspired vision of what family life can be, a word of encouragement for those who are not yet there...

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The Good News in a Fundamentalist Pakistan

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prakash bookREFLECTION - We are accustomed to think of mission and dialogue as alternative realities if not opposed, but the announcement of the Gospel is truly unthinkable without the willingness to dialogue. Not only is it unrealistic to expect that the "good news" is received by those we feel are unworthy to offer us a word of wisdom, but also without listening...

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The religious and migration in the 21st century: perspectives, response and challenges

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JPIClogoREFLECTION - This Conference on Migration, held on February 22 to 24 at the Passionist Center in Rome, addresses the increase of people fleeing from war, hunger, misery, political and/or religious persecution which has grown in extraordinary dimensions and has changed the dynamics of migration. A strategic and coordinated response...

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2016 Lenten Reflection Guide Forty days with Scripture and Laudato Si’

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Maryknoll 0REFLECTION - In this Lenten Reflection Guide, we offer reflections, questions, prayers, and actions basedon each week’s Gospel reading and the teachings of Pope Francisin his encyclical, Laudato Si’. Use this guide individually or in small groups to reflect upon your life patterns, to pray more deeply, and renew your spiritto face the realities of our world...

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Men, Women Religious Gather to Study Better Response to Migration

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migrationREFLECTION - The international conference “The religious and migrations in the 21 st century: perspectives, response and challenges”, organised by the representation before the United Nations of the Passionists International, the Congregation of St. Joseph, Augustinians International and the Vincentians, yesterday concluded...

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National Dialogue for Christian Unity holds inaugural meeting in Aotearoa New Zealand

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oikoumeneREFLECTION - Anglican, Roman Catholic and Methodist Churches in Aotearoa New Zealand are forming an ecumenical entity to pursue closer ties and share understandings. They held an inaugural meeting for the National Dialogue for Christian Unity (NDCU) on 25 February in Wellington. Participants said they hope that the NDCU...

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5 Tips from Pope Francis for a Merciful Lent

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lent mercy help popeREFLECTION - The Holy Father recommends living Lent more intensely this year -- here's a plan to get you started. Have you been doing anything special for the Jubilee Year of Mercy? Or do you have lots of good intentions but haven’t done anything yet, (except maybe walk through the Holy Door in your diocese?). Well, join the club.

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Key project findings: where vitality is to be found in women’s apostolic religious life

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religious lifeREFLECTION - The purpose of this document is to present the key findings of the Religious Life Vitality Project to the participant congregations who have collaborated with us on it since early 2013 We express our sincere thanks and appreciation for your generous and patient participation, without which the project would not have been possible...

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Braz de Aviz: “Serving the missions to overcome the crisis”. Asia, the Bishops’ Report, the situation of the Franciscans Friars of the Immaculate

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braz de avizREFLECTION - The Year of Consecrated Life, proclaimed by Pope Francis on November 30 2014, has ended. For Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for Religious, "the perception of having reached the end of a story has changed: now there is hope, and this is the most beautiful fruit.” The wish: "If we had served the mission...

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Pope says obedience 'must be swallowed'

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papaREFLECTION - Pope Francis on Monday in a non-scripted address to participants gathered for the conclusion of the Year of Consecrated Life said that obedience is something that "must be swallowed" at times, as it's "doing something we don't want to do"."Just like my Italian is so poor at times that I have...

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Fr. Albanese: “Francis’ visit to Africa is courageous”

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banguiREFLECTION - “Even after the terrible attacks in Paris, we must not let ourselves feel intimidated because it would mean falling into the trap of the jihadist troops. Francis’ visit to Africa is courageous…” Fr. Giulio Albanese, a Combonian missionary and director of monthly magazine Popoli e Missione will be travelling with Francis during his visit to Kenya...

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