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Is my teaching really about furthering God's kingdom or about stoking my ego' I am not alone with these questions. These are valid questions for anyone who draws energy from his or her work, writes Ron Rolheiser. (27/02/2015)
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each communities and every believer. Above all it is a "time of grace" (2Cor 6:2). God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us. "We love because he first has loved us" (1Jn 4:19). He is not aloof from us. Each one of us has a place in his heart. He knows us by name, he cares for us and he seeks us out whenever we turn away from him. He is interested in each of us; his love does not allow him to be indifferent to what happens to us. Usually, when we are healthy and comfortable, we forget about others (something God the Father never does): we are unconcerned with their problems, their sufferings and the injustices they endure… Our heart grows cold. As long as I am relatively healthy and comfortable, I don't think about those less well off. Today, this selfish attitude of indifference has taken on global proportions, to the extent that we can speak of a globalization of indifference. It is a problem which we, as Christians, need to confront. (18/02/2015)
Brisbane couple Maureen and Paul Toohey decided to spend two weeks of their holidays, including Christmas, with the Good Samaritan Sisters in the Philippines, they were amazed by the generous response of family, friends and colleagues. (17/02/2015)
Every year before Lent begins, I scour the Internet and books for inspiring resources and creative ideas, then prayerfully discern how I can go beyond a chocolate fast to make the most of the penitential season.
I've recently gathered some of my favorite Lenten tools for living out the 40 days in a spirit of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. You're bound to find at least one that speaks to your heart and motivates you to draw closer to Christ and the mystery of his passion this Lent.
Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/the-2015-ultimate-lenten-resource-guide/#ixzz3S31AcOtn (16/02/2015)
Cardinal Marx on Pope Francis, the synod and women in the church (07/02/2015)
Last night at the Mission Church of Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California, Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, President of Caritas Internationalis, and Head of the Pope's Council of Cardinals (the so-called "Gang of Nine") presented a major lecture on "The Meaning of Mercy." (21/01/2015)
Before a record crowd of between six and seven million people, Pope Francis entrusted a double mission to the Philippine Church at his last public mass in this country on Sunday, January 18, that included both a domestic and an Asian component. (18/01/2015)