‘ Spirituality ’ Category

Christian Life, Scriptures

Martha and Mary: Officium Caritatis and Otium Sanctum

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Martha and Mary are mentioned elsewhere in the Scriptures as the sisters of Lazarus, the friend whom Jesus loved. In this Lucan story, however, no mention is made of Lazarus, and the house which Jesus enters on the way to ...
Catechism, Christian Life, Christology

Jesus’ Cry on the Cross

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Jesus’ Cry on the Cross
And at three o'clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?" which is translated, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Mark 15:34, NAB) The first time my attention was called to this passage ...
Christian Life, Church in the World

The Year of Faith

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The Year of Faith
Pope Benedict the XVI has published his "Motu Proprio" for the Year of Faith which will start next year, 11 October 2012 and end on the Feast of Christ the King, 2013. The beginning of the Year ...
Christian Life, Church in the World

A Problem of Thinking

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Christian formation in the parish these days cannot be limited to just waiting for the faithful to approach the sacraments. This is a narrow view of the Church that reduces it to its sacramental character. Catholics cannot be ...
Scriptures, Spirituality, Theology

The Way of the Poor Christ and the Gospel of Well-Being

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The day’s gospel reading from Mark is about Jesus' question "Who do you say that I am?" (Mk. 8:27–33) Peter seemed to understand when he gave the answer "You are the Anointed One".  His subsequent attempt to put a stop to Jesus ...
Christian Life, Lectio Divina, Spirituality

What Is S.O.A.P.?

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What Is S.O.A.P.?
S. O. A. P. is an acronym for “Scriptures, Observe, Apply, Pray” and is a bible journalling method that helps one not only to understand the Scriptures but also to monitor one’s understanding of it. Journaling is an excellent way to ...
Christian Life, Spirituality

Meditation

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Some people sit in a lotus position and chant "OM."  Others go up a mountain top and allow themselves to be absorbed into nature's harmony.  Athletes preparing for a game would close their eyes and "visualize" what is going to ...
Augustiniana, Christian Life, Fathers of the Church

Of 2012 and Augustine’s Sermon 97

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Of 2012 and Augustine’s Sermon 97
Today, the movie "2012" -- a film based on the prediction that the world will end in 2012 -- began to be shown in our cinemas. Providentially, yesterday and today, the Gospel readings from Luke refer to the day of ...
Christian Life, Spirituality

The Beads of October

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The Beads of October
It is the month of October. For us Catholics in the Philippines at least, it is the month of the Holy Rosary. The theme of the month comes from the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary ...
Augustinians, Spirituality

Augustinian Spirituality

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The present article is a rewriting of "Being Church in an Academic Setting II" originally published in Communitas and partly published on the web at [http://www.geocities.com/agilawan/mission/layspir.html]. It was written as a commentary on a talk given by the Prior General ...
Christian Life

Home Altars and Family Prayer

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One greatly misunderstood feature in Catholic homes is the prayer altar. Non-Catholics would look at it as a pantheon for the "idols" they allege Catholics keep. The truth about these altars run deeper and is very biblical. These ...
Augustinians, Christian Life, Vocation

Ongoing Conversion and Renewal

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Ongoing Conversion and Renewal
This site's automatic blog promoter has just reposted an article I wrote on October 7 of last year. It was on the closing ceremony of the Order of St. Augustine's Intermediate Chapter held in the parish church of ...
Catechism, Scriptures, Spirituality

Even God Can Be Silent

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Even God Can Be Silent
A propos the Pope's message for World Day of Communications, Gianfranco Cardinal Ravasi, a world-renowned exegete comments on the theme of God's silence. God's silence, he writes, has two faces, one luminous, the other dark. One is revelatory, ...

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