7 January: The Feeding of the Five Thousand (Mark 6:34-44). This gospel passage is one with which Jack Mahoney SJ has prayed using imaginative contemplation.
Austen Ivereigh looks at Pope Benedict’s discussion in Caritas in veritate of the role of gift and gratuitousness in our society. Why are contractual relationships, on which economics and bureaucracy are based, not enough to fulfil our human needs? And what can a strong civil society, based on covenant, achieve for its citizens by emphasising relationships based on trust rather than exchange?
What do Matthew (Vigil Mass [1:1-25]) and Luke (who announces the birth of Christ at Midnight [2:1-14] and Dawn [2:15-20] Mass) tell us about God in the Nativity stories with which we're so familiar?
Director: Sam Taylor-Wood
Starring: Thomas Sangster, Aaron Johnson,Kristin Scott Thomas, Anne-Marie Duff, David Morrissey
UK Release date: 26 December 2009
Avatar is a film that could only ever work on the big screen. Its landscapes and the cleverly constructed creatures are little animated gems. Fortunately for Cameron they just about save the film from some pretty bland dialogue, which would otherwise just be a film about human greed that costs £300 million to make.
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