Spirituality March/ April 2018

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March/April 2018, no. 137

 

IT HAPPENED FIFTY YEARS AGO: 1968

Chris McDonnell

Memory is a significant part of human living. We recall personal happenings from the past like birthdays and weddings but also many national and international events. Chris McDonnell notes several events that took place in 1968—fifty years ago—and reflects on their subsequent impact.

 

THE SPIRITUALITY OF LENT

Jordan O’Brien

In the Christian calendar, the season of Lent leading up to Easter and Pentecost, focuses on the final days of the Son of God who came to teach and save humanity. Jordan O’Brien reflects on the Stations of the Cross inspired by the artistic work of the Dominican artist, Henry Flanagan. While writer, Bridget Mary Judge and poet Mary Lee explore the meaning of other aspects of the life and ministry of Christ.

 

‘MAKE ME A MYSTIC’

Mary Frances Coady

People who have been gifted with the ability to write often help others to make sense of their own personal struggle. Mary Frances Coady finds inspiration in the works of the American novelist Flannery O’Connor, who once observed ‘I think sin occasionally brings one closer to God.’

 

A POPE FOR ALL SEASONS

John Scally

Pope Francis has breathed fresh life into the role of the Bishop of Rome. He is probably the most widely acclaimed church person of modern times, inspiring both young and old alike. John Scally reflects on the ministry of Francis and its contribution to the wider world.

 

STABILITY IN A CHANGING WORLD

Martin McGee OSB

Most Catholics who were brought up before the Second Vatican Council, would have understood that God’s grace comes to them almost exclusively through the sacraments and especially the Eucharist. The Conciliar insights have recovered the central importance of the Word of God in the Scriptures. Martin McGee reminds us of the need to find stability in a world in which believers are in a minority, and how the reading of Scripture, particularly the practice of lectio divina is having a major impact on believers around the world.




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