What does the account of the ‘descent of the Spirit’ in the Acts of the Apostles tell us about the place of the paschal mystery in the life of the Church? In part two of a study of the feast of Pentecost, Nicholas Lash explains that we cannot comprehend the sending of the Holy Spirit without recognising how it relates to the Easter event.
How did the feast of Pentecost develop into the form that our celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit now takes? Nicholas Lash describes how a Jewish harvest feast gradually acquired new significance and changed over time to become Christian Pentecost.
Sr Margaret Atkins asks how we can overcome a sense of confusion and unrest in our lives: 'St Augustine thought a thing was beautiful when it was, in a certain way, one: fully united with itself.'
‘The remission of the excommunication has the same aim as that of the punishment: namely, to invite the four Bishops once more to return.’ Helen Costigane SHCJ explains the historical practice of and reasoning behind excommunication, in li
The lifting of the excommunication of Richard Williamson left many people confused about the Catholic Church’s relation to the Jewish people. John McDade explains the developments in the Church’s understanding of its relationship with Judaism since Vatican II. How can the recognition that the Church is linked to Israel at a level of identity help to enrich Christian-Jewish relations, and the Church’s mission?
Throughout the season of Lent, Thinking Faith will offer a series of reflections on how practicing austerity affects and benefits our own lives and the lives of those around us. In the first article of this series, Joe Egerton look
In December 2008, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith released a new document about the issues surrounding IVF and embryo experimentation. Dr David Jones offers a guide to the principles appealed to and the issues addressed in Dignitas Personae.
Cathy Molloy introduces Karl Rahner’s ‘Understanding Christmas’, and invites us to find the silence in the midst of our Christmas activity to contemplate the meaning of what we are celebrating.
'Our Advent hope is assured and joyful, because Christ longs to be one with us.' Dominic Robinson SJ offers a reflection on the season of Advent in light of Pope Benedict's first Encyclical, 'Deus Caritas est'.
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