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Loneliness, part 4: the experience of Christ

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Loneliness, part 4: the experience of Christ

An acceptance of the “original solitude” of Eden is called, in time, to mature into the loneliness as experienced by Christ in Gethsemane. In Jesus of Nazareth, Pope Benedict XVI writes of this defining event: […]

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Loneliness, part 3: Pope John Paul II and ‘Original Solitude’

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Loneliness, part 3: Pope John Paul II and ‘Original Solitude’

The early chapters of Pope John Paul II’s theological project, The Theology of the Body, develop a philosophical anthropology based on a close reading of the Genesis creation stories. John Paul II contends that the […]

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Loneliness, part 2: the experience of the priest

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Loneliness, part 2: the experience of the priest

The popular description of loneliness emphasises its social dimension. Loneliness is the absence of companionship, a failure to create and sustain a web of meaningful, supportive attachments. Circumstance or choice means that some people live […]

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Loneliness, part 1: the human condition

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Loneliness, part 1: the human condition

For many people, loneliness is that facet of human existence that they most dread and, from which, they tirelessly labour to escape. Yet, loneliness is one of the distinguishing hallmarks of our humanity. It is […]

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Human jealousy and divine generosity

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Human jealousy and divine generosity

Is God unfair? A sermon by Fr Stephen Wang, about the dangers of jealousy, the wonder of God’s generosity, and the puzzle of why he gives some things to some people and not to others.

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How to awaken curiosity about the faith in our friends and colleagues

Filed in Relationships by on August 18, 2014 12 Comments
How to awaken curiosity about the faith in our friends and colleagues

One of the most difficult things we can encounter as Christians are friends who have no interest at all in Christianity, even if they “respect me for being a Catholic”. It is like a bridge of trust is there, […]

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Grief to Grace, Healing the Wounds of Abuse – London retreat this November

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Grief to Grace, Healing the Wounds of Abuse – London retreat this November

Grief to Grace is running a London retreat this November, facilitated by Dr Theresa Burke the founder of the programme. It takes place at the Kairos Centre, Roehampton, London SW15 4AJ, from 3-8 November. Contact […]

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Tinder: the dangers and delights of mobile app dating

Filed in Relationships by on June 16, 2014 5 Comments
Tinder: the dangers and delights of mobile app dating

[A guest post by Stephen Rooney]. With the tag line “A fun way to break the ice” and launched initially as an iPhone application in September 2012, Tinder has taken the millennial dating market by […]

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The beauty and power of the Sacrament of Marriage: a new DVD resource for parishes, schools, catechetical groups and couples themselves

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The beauty and power of the Sacrament of Marriage: a new DVD resource for parishes, schools, catechetical groups and couples themselves

Catholic Faith Exploration (CaFE) have just published a marvelous new DVD about the Sacrament of Marriage. You can order it here. You can watch the trailer above, and read the blurb that follows: A TV quality […]

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The lost art of dating

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The lost art of dating

Heather Cicchese writes about an experiment in a Boston College where instead of just ‘hooking up’, students take the risk of actually talking to each other. In a Starbucks on the Boston University campus, Dave […]

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Evangelisation: inspiring examples and encouragement “From the Mission Field” #1

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Evangelisation: inspiring examples and encouragement “From the Mission Field” #1

Anyone in need of some ENCOURAGEMENT?! In this new series of posts, “From the Mission Field”, I want to share some of what I can see the Holy Spirit doing through some wonderful people around the country. […]

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How to find healing after an abortion: weekend retreats with Rachel’s Vineyard this June and October

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How to find healing after an abortion: weekend retreats with Rachel’s Vineyard this June and October

Rachel’s Vineyard UK has two weekend retreats coming up over the next few months. One of the best ways of publicising these is through the parish newsletter and noticeboard. You can find out about the […]

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Do you want a ‘start-up’ marriage in your 20s or a ‘corporate merger’ marriage in your 30s or 40s?

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Do you want a ‘start-up’ marriage in your 20s or a ‘corporate merger’ marriage in your 30s or 40s?

Charles Murray dishes out some advice for young people. It includes looking at the difference between a “start-up”and a “merger” marriage, how to discern a soul-mate, and the importance of religious friends. (Full disclosure: I’m […]

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The radical call to love without limits

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The radical call to love without limits

Most of our relationships have some kind of calculation involved: with colleagues, with friends, even within a family. There is a give and take; an agreement – implicit or explicit – that I will be […]

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‘Please God, find me a husband!’ A graphic novel about life, love and faith (and searching for a husband!) by Simone Lia

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‘Please God, find me a husband!’ A graphic novel about life, love and faith (and searching for a husband!) by Simone Lia

I can’t say I have read many graphic novels, but this is an extraordinary book. It tells the tale, as you would expect from the title, of Simone Lia’s search for a husband, and her […]

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St Valentine: true love always requires sacrifice

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St Valentine: true love always requires sacrifice

History has it that Valentine was a priest in Rome around the time of the third Century. Along with his friend St Marius and his family he assisted the martyrs who were being persecuted under […]

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Loneliness, Part 2: reflection

Filed in Relationships by on January 15, 2014 2 Comments
Loneliness, Part 2: reflection

Why do most of us have such a problem with the idea of being alone? Is solitude always a bad thing? Following on from yesterday’s statistical look at loneliness in the lives of the elderly, […]

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Loneliness, Part 1: statistics

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Loneliness, Part 1: statistics

Two posts about loneliness. The first, the results of a ‘Loneliness Research’ project from the Campaign to End Loneliness. There is a growing evidence base around the complex challenge of loneliness, and the Campaign to […]

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When you don’t live in the same world

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When you don’t live in the same world

Two cities overlap. One house, for example, belongs to one city; the neighboring house belongs to another city. But the citizens of one city are not allowed to notice what is going on in the other […]

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Marriage enrichment weekends coming up

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Marriage enrichment weekends coming up

Take a look at the SmartLoving website for details of some marriage enrichment weekends that are taking place over the next few months. Couples who stay successfully and happily married have made marriage their mission. […]

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