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Apologetics arms Christians so they can defend their hope

Gordon Self

June 6, 2011

My dictionary defines apologetics as a "systematic and logical defence of Christianity against its detractors and unbelievers." In 1 Peter 3.15, Christians are told to be ready to give a reason (apologia) for their hope in Christ.

Apologetics can draw people to Christ as we read in the Acts of the Apostles with St. Peter at Pentecost. Peter's sermon was a classic example of apologetics. It drew 3,000 people to faith in Christ. St. Paul's witness in Athens was another example of apologetics. It is documented in Acts 17.17-34.

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Ecumenical movement risks fragmenting

June 6, 2011
FR. THOMAS RYAN, CSP

These are serious times for the ecumenical movement. We are experiencing new divisions, and people are wondering: Is the 'winter' of the ecumenical movement becoming a permanent season?"

So spoke the Rev. Dr. Robert Welsh, president of the Council on Christian Unity for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), in his keynote address at this year's National Workshop on Christian Unity in Pittsburgh, May 9-12.

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John Paul II celebrated humanity over economic systems

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May 30, 2011

This month marks the 20th anniversary of Centesimus Annus, arguably the greatest document in Pope John Paul II's magnificent body of writings.

Expectations for the encyclical were at first modest. Popes had written encyclicals of Church social teaching to mark the 40th, 70th, 80th and 90th anniversaries of Pope Leo XIII's 1891 encyclical Rerum Novarum.

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We call for violence, revenge — not God

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 30, 2011

God is non-violent. God does not prescribe violence. Violence should never be rationalized in God's name. That is clear in Christian revelation. But that immediately poses the question: What about the violence in Scripture that is attributed to God or to God's direct orders?

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Ascension — Jesus sealing message of hope

Ralph Himsl

May 30, 2011
Ascension — June 5, 2011

Truth will out! And few better places for such an admission than in the text of an essay on the readings for Sunday Mass, you might say. Not a great truth though — merely an acknowledgement of a temptation to write a most trite introduction, "The feast of Ascension commemorates one of the most remarkable events in the life of Jesus."

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Friday's fish and chips say we are Catholic

Fr. Raymond de Souza

May 30, 2011

Fish 'n chips, anyone? It's either that or, given the preponderance of Indian takeout in England today, vegetable samosas and prawn curry for Catholics on Friday come this fall.

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Caregivers should heed deep yearnings in patients' requests

Gordon Self

May 30, 2011

There is a saying in ethics that people might have capacity for making decisions, but have poor judgment. Anyone having raised teenagers will know the truth of this statement, perhaps recalling some of their children's past decisions when good judgment was lacking.

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Spirit's presence revealed most clearly in life of virtue

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May 23, 2011

It was a great joy to have Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the papal household, give four public talks at St. Joseph Basilica earlier this month. But please permit this writer to express a minor disappointment that Cantamalessa was not able to speak on the topic for which he has been a guiding light over the past 20 years — the renewal of ourselves and our Church through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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The 2 dimensions of orthodoxy: Glue and fire

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 23, 2011

There are more ways than one in which our belief system can be unbalanced so as to do harm to God and to the Church.

What makes for a healthy, balanced, orthodox faith? The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church defines orthodoxy as "right belief as contrasted to heresy." That's accurate enough, but we tend to think of this in a one-sided way.

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Let your voice ring out with love for the Lord

John Connelly

 

May 23, 2011
Sixth Sunday of Easter — May 29, 2011

Psalm 66 says, "All the earth worships you; they sing praises to you, sing praises to your name." Can you and I imagine what this would look like? All the earth worshiping and praising the Lord in song. People of every race, creed and nation giving unhindered glory to God.

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