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The Beatitudes - 7. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called Sons of God

Friday, September 04, 2020

The Beatitudes | "To live an integrated life, to live a peaceful life, we must live a sacramental life." Br Albert reflects on the peacemakers and the Seventh Beatitude. Read more

The Beatitudes - 4. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied

Friday, August 14, 2020

The Beatitudes | The fourth meditation from our summer series on The Beatitudes: 'The Lord not only reveals to us what the world is really like, but shows us also how to respond to these realities'. Read more

Jesus, St. Augustine and Politics

Monday, June 18, 2018

By Br Thomas Thérèse MannionThere is a distinction we can make between those in ‘public life’ such as politicians and celebrities and ‘the rest of us’ but this can be an unhelpful distinction. It can imply the Christian faith is part of one’s private life rather than one’s public life. Alternatively, we can think it is the duty of Christian politicians to fight our case whilst doing nothing in our personal day-to-day encounters. It implies one’s faith can be put aside for one’s politics. This cannot be so. Read more

St Catherine of Siena and the Future of Europe

Friday, April 29, 2016

I was recently invited to contribute an article to the online journal of the Jesuits, Thinking Faith, on the topic of St Catherine of Siena and the future of Europe. You can access the article here Read more

Year of Mercy: Holy Year

Monday, March 21, 2016

The ecclesial tradition of a holy year or jubilee year began with Pope Boniface VIII in 1300.   Read more

Sr Helen Prejean & the Call to Work for Justice

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent - justice and humility

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Today’s readings remind us of two virtues that are at the core of Christian life: justice and humility. The first reading invites us to promote justice and become ourselves instruments of uprightness in the society. “Make justice your aim”; these words are powerful. They just mean: watching justice being trampled on and doing nothing means supporting injustice. 

Some Christians, at many times in the past and even today, have managed to find other aspects of their Christian life to hide in, in order to avoid the responsibility to uphold and speak out for justice in the world. It might happen that some even try to argue that justice is a secondary aspect of our Christian life. However, it is a core aspect of the Christian life and a commandment for all of us as Christians; not only for Mother Teresa of Kolkata or Bartolommeo de Las Casas.

To this aspect is linked another one very important: humility. In today’s gospel, Jesus makes it clear that the religious leaders, who did not care about justice, had grown at the same time proud and wicked. They had become unjust and arrogant. Their arrogance made them despise the poor and all the others they were supposed to care for.

One would be unfair towards the Scribes and the Pharisees if one had to assume that they were the ones to impose their status to the people. We are very much aware that, just it is in our times, religious leaders get a special treatment by those faithful to their religion. Thus, Jesus words could be understood at the same time as a criticism and a warning. The system favouring that attitude, it had become a trap for religious leaders of Jesus' time.

Lent is a good time to call back Christians to justice and humility. It is even a better time to encourage religious authorities to be humble as their sole master, Jesus Christ, was humble and gave the good example by speaking out for justice. Let us pray that this Lenten season becomes an opportunity for all believers to shape their lives to Christ's, the humble, meek and just Lord.
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