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Reflection

Making a universal church less European

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grimmREFLECTION - Missioners, migrants, international business people, diplomats and refugees all find that the experience of moving from one culture to another changes them. They remain themselves, yet find that they are themselves in new ways they may have never imagined possible. A Korean who lives in France does not become...

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Jesuit Asia pacific - What can we expect of GC 36?

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gc 36REFLECTION - With General Congregation 36 commencing this month with meetings of Electors in their six respective Conferences, there is much curiosity about what a new Superior General will bring to the Society. It is clear that the first outcome of the Congregation will be the impact of the personality and vision of the new Superior General...

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The Intellectual Apostolate - Interview with Father General Adolfo Nicolás, sj

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REFLECTION - On September 12, 2015, Father General Adolfo Nicolás spoke to Father John Dardis, president of the European Jesuit Conference on the topic of the Intellectual Apostolate. Father Dardis: Father General thank you for giving us the time. The vision for our faculties of philosophy and theology, our universities, our cultural reviews, and similar missions...

 

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UISG NEWS: The women voice at the Synod on Family

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REFLECTIONS - Sister Carmen Sammut, Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa, comes from the island of Malta. Apart from 2 years in Malawi, her missionary experience has been in Muslim countries in Interreligious Dialogue. She has lived for 15 years in Tunisia, 9 years in Algeria and 3 years in Mauritania before becoming, in 2011, the congregational leader based in Rome...

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Living across polarities: Being a church that heals

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novicesREFLECTION - “Liberal Catholics” don’t care about liturgy or ritual, and “conservative Catholics” don’t care about social justice. You would never find the same person at a March for Life and a #blacklivesmatter rally. A sister would never wear a nose ring and a habit. Each of these statements reflects a polarity that persists, if not in reality...

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Diamonds at Domitilla, by David Kinnear Glenday MCCJ

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REFLECTION - To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Pact of the Catacombs, in the final months of the Year of Consecrated Life, just three weeks before the beginning of the Jubilee of Mercy (and, it should be added, the Golden Jubilee of foundation of the UISG) and two weeks after the conclusion of the Synod on the Family: well, at first sight it might all just seem too much, one more case...

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UISG News: Going on Pilgrimage During this Year Dedicated to Consecrated Life, by Sr Patricia Murray, IBVM

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UISG NEWS - Going on Pilgrimage During this Year Dedicated to Consecrated Life: However, this memory walk of gratitude and penitence is not enough because the Year of Consecrated Life has another clear purpose which is to discover “…a great history still to be accomplished.”  Not only are religious to walk into past history to reflect on their founding...

 

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What Encyclical Means to Malawi, by Alex Muyebe, SJ and Peter Henriot, SJ

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REFLEXIONS - It was a very tall and very full tree, branches thick and thin.  Ideal for cutting down to cook many meals and to warm many huts.  But over the years, no one touched it, despite trees all around it having been cut down and the landscape left quite barren. When asked why this tree had been preserved, one of the local Malawian villagers answered...

 

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Consecrated life … an adventure of the heart!

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mcdonaldREFLECTION - When we allow God to take the initiative, our lives can become a living witness of God’s love, enabling us to become even more effective sowers of hope, sharing that love with others, enabling it to flourish wherever it is sown, writes Marist Brother Greg McDonald as he reflects on the work of Marist Brothers...

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Challenges to elect the General Council

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comboniREFLECTION - “To be a team with an impact, the leadership is not sufficient to consist of five people, though bonded by serene mutual acceptance and sound communication. There should be diversification of competence and skills dovetailed with the pluralistic challenges that mission/evangelization and the internal life of the Institute displays.

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Feast of St. Clare ’15: Letter of the Minister General

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LETTER - Dearest sisters, this year Pope Francis’s encyclical letter, Laudato si’ gives us the opportunity to share some reflections on the “care of our common home” based on the experience of Clare of Assisi. I consider it important to revisit with you the pope’s strong appeal to a Christian ecology for us all. Clare, we know, does not speak directly...

 

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A restlessness towards God's reign of goodness

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REFLECTION - Brigidine Sister Doris Testa reflects on the places where religious life rolls up its sleeves and does the ordinary but extraordinary work of God's mission in her talk for the "Evening on the Year of Consecrated Life" in Melbourne. I acknowledge the Elders, families and forebears of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation...

 

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Theological reflection on the situation of refugees and asylum seekers

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refugees forever 150REFLECTION - The Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes or CLRI(NSW) has published a theological reflection on the situation of refugees and asylum seekers, particularly in the context of recent developments in the Australian government's policy of detention with new legislation pertaining to the reporting of abuse in detention centres.

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Guidance map for Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’

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ecojesuit square logoREFLECTION - Ecojesuit is offering a guidance map to the different parts of Laudato Si’, the environment encyclical of Pope Francis, for readers who wish to engage with this document in terms of human development perspectives but who may not share the same faith convictions. The handy map navigates through Laudato Si’ with brief descriptions of specific...

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"The big challenge of our time is to recover hope", Timothy Radcliffe OP

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radcliffeREFLECTION - Timothy Radcliffe OP is a Dominican friar and served as Master of the Dominicans, the Order of Preachers, for nine years. He inspires in his addresses and retreats in all corners of the globe, and is one of the best loved Christian spiritual teachers of our times. Father Radcliffe, Pope Francis has recently named you “consultor”...

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Peak fragility: Conserving mountain soils an urgent matter

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REFLECTION - Mountain soils are the fragile foundations of ecosystems that ultimately provide water for more than half the world's population. A new FAO book offers technical insights on the sustainable management of mountain soils, which are home to a vast array of human activities ranging from quinoa cultivation in the Andes through European ski resorts...

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Cherish All of Creation: Statement on Pope’s Encyclical

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REFLECTION - With Pope Francis, we hear both the “cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” (49). CMSM represents the leaders of all the Catholic men’s religious orders in the U.S., which have a long history of walking with those in most need. Thus, we deeply feel the suffering of our “common home” and all the creatures, each of whom “have a value...

 

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Religious life: engaging with the whole of creation

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Br Rod Doyle cfc150REFLECTION - Religious life has moved beyond what so many of us in earlier times expressed as a renunciation of “the world and its pomps” to an active engagement with the whole of creation, writes Christian Brother Rod Doyle in his piece for CRA's Reflection Series on the Year of Consecrated Life. The Year of Consecrated Life was initiated by Pope Francis...

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Why Pope Francis' encyclical matters

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REFLECTION - Some of the most frequently asked questions I have gotten from journalists this week: Why does the encyclical matter? What impact will it have? Why is it getting all this attention? Let's start with the last question: Why is it getting all this attention? The encyclical, Laudato Si', On Care for our Common Home, is getting lots of...

 

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Benedictine tackles false images of God

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benedectineREFLECTION - While incorrect biblical interpretation and false images of God are older than Christianity, Benedictine Father Mark Sheridan focuses on how Early Church writers wrestled with the problem. In his latest book, Language for God in Patristic Tradition: Wrestling with Biblical Anthropomorphism, Sheridan describes how ancient Church...

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Franciscan: Encyclical title affirms all creatures have common creator

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michael perry 1REFLECTION - "Laudato Si,' " the title Pope Francis chose for his encyclical on the environment, comes from a hymn of praise by St. Francis of Assisi that emphasizes being in harmony with God, with other creatures and with other human beings, said the head of the Franciscan order. Sitting under towering trees, surrounded by potted flowers...

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