1st July 2021
The journey of synodality
Following Pope Francis, James Hanvey SJ argues that the increasing emphasis on the need for the Church to become more synodal is about more than a reshuffle of current structures and processes.
18th May 2021
Loosening the knots: Fortitude
Fortitude as a gift of the Holy Spirit is not an upgrade of a character trait in the one who receives it. It is the self-gift of presence from the one in whose constancy and faithfulness we find our hope.
1st April 2021
The long silence
‘There are so many silences that run through the great narrative of Holy Week and they all flow into the long silence of the Father from Gethsemane to Easter morning’, writes James Hanvey SJ.
25th December 2020
Painted spaces: Art for a Covid-Christmas. 4. ‘Saint Joseph and the Christ Child’ by Guido Reni
‘Saint Joseph reminds us that those who appear hidden or in the shadows can play an incomparable role in the history of salvation.’ James Hanvey SJ finds Joseph stepping out of those shadows in a 17th century painting.
20th December 2020
Painted spaces: Art for a Covid-Advent. 3. 'The Visitation' by Charles Mahoney
In a hidden corner of an Oxford college, James Hanvey SJ finds himself in a space that is at once enclosed and unlimited, and tells the whole history of salvation.
18th December 2020
Exploring Fratelli tutti: 4. Finding Christ in the world
James Hanvey SJ concludes the interview he gave to Jan Regner SJ by reflecting on the process of secularisation in many European countries.
17th December 2020
Painted spaces: Art for a Covid-Advent. 2. ‘The Annunciation’ by Fra Angelico
The arrangement of the painting draws the viewer into the intimate relationship that is being established despite the distance between the figures – how is James Hanvey moved to respond?
14th December 2020
Painted spaces: Art for a Covid-Advent. 1. Edward Hopper
Art can be a powerful accompaniment to prayer, so James Hanvey SJ has selected a few works we might like to ponder in the days leading to Christmas, paying particular attention to their use of space.
10th December 2020
Exploring Fratelli tutti: 3. Seeing with God’s eyes
James Hanvey SJ expands on what he has written elsewhere about the parable of the Good Samaritan, which frames the second chapter of Fratelli tutti, leading us into the contemplative dimension of the encyclical.
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