The Beatitudes according to Matthew — from the other side

  The Beatitudes, or The Happinesses, relate in unique poetic form eight blessings that come from doing eight things. To some extent the eight blessings overlap with one another, as do the eight ‘doings’, as one would expect from a poem. Commentators and those who pray and ponder the wisdom of Jesus will always come up with different meanings and slants of meaning. What I want to do is look at each of the eight blessings, the end results of doing the right things, in order to clarify what must be the right things-to-do-first in each case: ‘This is the blessing … so what...
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The Experience of Being Loved

The Experience of Being Lovedopened my eyesand my heartto see the Love all around me,something I had simply missed before. Love empowered meto be able to receive Loveand then compelled me to give it away. Lovetook my life to new dimensions,enabling me to risk,to be vulnerable,to tear down boundaries as barriers,to truly share with others,and to grow. I actually grew to the pointthat I was able to shed my church-programmed fearof those who were different. The more I lived in Love,the less I needed the false securities, the lame pretenses,the hollow rituals,of my religious past. I have been discovering...
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The Christian Future snf the Fate of the Earth by Thomas Berry, edited by Mary Evelyn Tucker abd John Grim, Orbis Books, Marykoll, New York, 2009, 116 pp. reviewed by Theo Dillon

  This slim volume of Tom Berry essays, edited by his students Mary Ellen Tucker and John Grim is an outstanding addition to the Berry corpus. Chosen with loving care, these ten essays distill the ecological wisdom of the great prophet who died on June 1, 2009. What distinguishes this latest collection is not only their conciseness but their necesary orientation to Christians and in particular to the one billion Catholics whose institutional leadership so far has not integrated Berry’s seminal thinking into its theological worldview much less its global pastoral practice. It is one of the...
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Papist Picture

      Sister Anne was granted one day outside the convent per year, and she intended to document it!   With permission American Papist Blog: not your average catholic...
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Silent Monks Singing Halleluiah

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