- Written by Frank Campbell
This week has seen the inauguration of a Year of Faith throughout the world. This is part of the marking of the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. It has prompted me to ask myself, ’What does the term mean to me today?’ I imagine I may not be alone in this. One of the problems is that faith is what has been called an ‘umbrella word.’ If we begin by thinking of all the contexts in which the word is used we are presented with a rainbow effect. As a first attempt I would mention; keep the faith’ ‘faith of our fathers’ faith as gift’ ‘faith seeking understanding’ ‘growing in faith’ ‘losing the faith’ ‘orthodox faith’ ‘the content of faith’ ‘the deposit of faith’ , ‘living the faith’ and ‘the faith community’.
- Written by David Harold-Barry
Ludwig Wittgenstein spent several months in Ireland in 1948 as ‘he was in the habit of retreating to cold and desolate parts of Europe’ where he could think more clearly. Perhaps I was drawn to the same island for similar reasons and also because it is the land of my origins and I felt it would be a fertile place for a dose of aggiornamento of my own. I wanted too to discover what had happened to the church in which I grew. While the situation in Ireland is specific it has a profound relevance to the whole church. What is happening there and in all the ‘old’ churches will happen in one way or another in the ‘young’ ones.
- Written by Val Farrell
Did you get what you were hoping for this Christmas ? Or are you long past the stage of wanting anything in particular, just happy if you are remembered in some way, especially by those you yourself could never forget.
These quiet days after Christmas are ideal for remembering how you were indeed remembered and basking a bit in the love expressed in that remembering. The Church seems to think that way too by asking us to bask in the wonder of the EPIPHANY, a feast that brings it all home to us.
- Written by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
A fiery appeal for church reform by an influential Swiss abbot has attracted widespread attention throughout Europe, and has, moreover, been welcomed by the future president of the Swiss bishops’ conference.
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