We tend to think of Holy Saturday as a day ‘in between’ Good Friday and Easter Sunday, without any particular significance of its own. But this could not be further from the truth, says James Hanvey SJ. It is a day that resists all of our attempts to understand it, but nonetheless we must ‘live in the realities of Holy Saturday’.
‘A scientist leaning over her computer pondering experimental results; an artist poised, brush in hand, at his canvas; a woman sitting in prayer making the Spiritual Exercises: what do these three have in common?’ Rob Marsh SJ explores what it means to ‘imagine faithfully’, as the scientist, the artist and the woman in prayer are all doing. If imagination is the mediator between idea and reality, how does it relate to faith?
How does Call the Midwife present a model of mission and incarnational theology, where the gritty reality of life reveals the true nature of God, humanity and love?
How can a spirituality that was developed in the sixteenth century help young people today to ‘develop a vocabulary of faith’? Tim Muldoon describes the distinctive appeal of the spiritual teachings of St Ignatius Loyola, and suggests that Ignatian spirituality is uniquely placed to meet the needs and questions of today’s young adults.
We heard from John’s Gospel on Christmas Day that ‘The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us’, and through this flesh we learned to call God ‘Abba’. Gerry O’Mahony SJ reflects on how we recall the gift of the Incarnation through the Eucharistic gifts at each Mass.
Thinking Faith asked some of our authors to tell us about their hopes and fears for the year ahead: what are the prayers that they will bring with them to the crib this Christmas?
Many people today define themselves as ‘spiritual but not religious’, but is it really that easy, or healthy, to separate spirituality and religion from one another? James Martin SJ thinks not, and in an extract from his popular book, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, he explains why religion should not be dismissed so readily.
Damian Howard SJ opens Thinking Faith’s series for the Year of Faith by reflecting on why a whole year devoted to the experience and practice of faith could be a moment of healing for the Church.
The phenomenon of an aging population tends to be analysed through an economic lens and the issue of care for the elderly is often used as a political football. But how often do we step back and think clearly about our hopes and expectations for old age? Jesuit theologian, Edward Vacek puts forward a positive vision for the Christian life of the elderly, in which the most important activity is love of others, self, and especially God.
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