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IN THIS ISSUE A Time for Hope [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2005
IN THIS ISSUE A Time for Hope Hope can seem to be both fragile —"the thing with feathers that perches in the soul," as Emily Dickinson called it—and yet persistent —"it sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all." The Catechism offers a delicate web of explanations to unfold the meaning of this virtue. Hope is rooted in the aspiration to hold onto our faith and in the desire for happiness that God has placed in the heart of everyone. It takes as its model Abraham, who trusted in God's promise against all expectation. Hope unfolds in Jesus' proclamation of the beatitudes as a description of the Kingdom that God is creating. And it finds its guarantee in the salvific death and resurrection of Jesus. Christian hope is thus both an act of steadfastness, of holding on against odds or appearances, and a surrender, a giving into that power, God's power, so much greater than our own. "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering," the Letter to the Hebrews urge...
The Virtue of Hope [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2005
The Virtue of Hope BY DONALD DEMARCO In Pope John Paul ll's Tertio Millennio Adveniente, published in 1994, the Holy Father speaks of the importance of hope in the context of "crossing the threshold of the new millennium." He indicates that these "crossings" imply a measure of difficulty as well as a need for purification. "Good" hope, to use St. Paul's qualifying adjective, must be distinguished from the many false hopes that surround us daily and are a constant source of temptation. We hope for wealth, beauty, fame, success, and a comfortable life. But these are largely vanities. They will not furnish us with what satisfies our deepest longing. They are transitory; we are immortal. The Holy Father reminds us that good hope—or true hope—directs us to our final goal which gives ultimate meaning and value to everything that is part of our lives. Therefore, as he goes onto say, In this new millennium, Christians are called to prepare for the Great Jubilee by renewing their hope in the...
the CHURCH in the 21ST CENTURY C21 Resources [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2005
the CHURCH in the 21ST CENTURY C21 Resources EXECUTIVE EDITOR J. A. Apple-yard, S.J., Vice President for University Mission mid Ministry EDITOR Richard Higgins ADVISORY BOARD Ben Birnbaum Patricia M. Chang Patricia De Leeuw Jack Dunn Mary Ann Hinsdale Richard Keeley Robert R. Newton Hallie Sammartino Di Schino Judith Wilt CONSULTING EDITOR John L. Mahoney DESIGNER Progressive Print Solutions C2l Resources is published by Boston College's Church in the 21st Century Initiative, in partnership with the publications from which these articles have been selected. C2l Resources is a compilation of the best analyses and essays on the Church's crisis and search for renewal. They are published with the intent of stimulating discussion and thought among bishops, priests, religious, and lay members of the Catholic community.
Dateline: Colorado Springs [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2005
Dateline: Colorado Springs BY MELISSA MUSICK NUSSBAUM Hopeful signs in one congregation The Catholic Church in Colorado Springs usually flies under the radar. We are a small diocese, carved out of Denver's archdiocese in the 1980s, with a tradition of strong lay leadership. We are a diocese of soldiers and peace activists, and our cathedral's long association with the Marian House Soup Kitchen next door means that the bishop's Church is also the parish for the Catholic homeless. It is my parish, too. We are welcome there, all of us. We are not one in politics, but politics doesn't call us together. We are called by Christ, in whom we are one. When I gather Sunday mornings with other parishioners at St. Mary's, it is the least American hour of my week. Like all the American women I know, I take my purse everywhere. When I pick up my son at school and bring cash for a sports fee. When I stop to fill the car with gas and buy a gallon of milk. But at Mass there's nothing to buy. I walk ...
Servant Leadership [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2005
Servant Leadership BY CARL KOCH To survive the present moment, the Church's leaders need to become its servants After the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Southwest Airlines was the only airline that made ,a profit, kept all its workers on the job and actually adhered to its full flight schedule. The next year, while other airlines cut thousands of jobs, Southwest hired thousands and for each of those jobs had more applicants per opening than Harvard had for its freshman class. One of the key factors in Southwest's success is that servantleaders guide it. At this critical time in the Church, bishops and other Church leaders could learn many lessons from Southwest Airlines and other companies committed to servant leadership. The present, defining moment offers the Catholic community an array of choices. How the community responds will determine whether the Church can regain its moral authority and heal the wounds. The course of action taken by Church leaders will reveal their cha...
Among Clergy, Signs of a Strong Morale [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2005
Among Clergy, Signs of a Strong Morale BY STEPHEN J. ROSSETTI For all the wounds and trauma, survey finds Catholic priests satisfied with their calling In the wake of the sexual abuse crisis, more than a few people, including priests, are convinced that the morale of priests is bad. In a letter dated Dec. 12, 2003, 69 priests of the Archdiocese of New York wrote to Cardinal Edward Egan, "We need to tell you again what you already know; the morale of the New York presbyterate is at an all-time low." Such sentiments have surfaced in other dioceses as well. Given the pounding that priests have taken in the media over the last couple of years, low morale would not be surprising. In addition to reporting the sexual deviances of a few priests over the past 50 years, the media at times have intimated that the priesthood itself is dysfunctional and prone to sexual problems and that priests are poorly prepared, living in an unhealthy clerical environment, stunted by celibacy, and generally i...
Choosing Hope For Elie Wiesel [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2005
Choosing Hope For Elie Wiesel BY MARY ENDA HUGHES, S.S.N.D. But the reality of God is love which is the reason for the miracles that we keep wanting, so now in the after-time let the small ones happen and not escape our knowing despite the shattered cities and the weeping seas that somehow we will hear the stars come out as well as see them, for then the lovely Spirit Wind that takes us despite the shattered cities and the weeping seas revealing sudden love in broken places will not be lost will not be lost in us in case there are no words in the silence of a still possible brand new world Sister Mary E?ida Hughes is a poet who lives in Boston.
The Priceless Gift of the Priesthood [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2005
The Priceless Gift of the Priesthood BY WILLIAM P. LEAHY, S.J I love being a priest. To be a priest is to be given a precious gift and invited to serve people and work for the greater glory of God in a special way. I realize that such convictions may strike some as inconceivable in today's world, but they are true for me and for so many men who have chosen to minister as priests in the Catholic Church. I am a Jesuit priest because of the grace of God, not because I have earned or merited such a vocation. When I review my life, I see evidence I felt Cod drawing me toward the priesthood, not as a duty, but as a personal invitation I wanted to accept. of grace and freedom, freedom as defined by the Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner: "the power to decide about oneself and to actualize oneself." Ever since I can remember, there has been a sense that I would someday be a priest. I recall a moment in lowa when I was 7 or 8. My brothers, sisters, and I were talking about what we would be when w...
THE CHURCH IN THE 21ST CENTURY ONLINE COURSES [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2005
THE CHURCH IN THE 21ST CENTURY ONLINE COURSES How Can Parents Share Their Faith With Their Children? Discuss this question with religious education experts in an online Boston College learning community. Parents Handing On the Faith This non-credit course examines the challenges of raising children Catholic in today's less cohesive, more individualistic society. Moderated by Dr. Barbara Radtke, in collaboration with Professor Thomas Groome, the course uses online resources and small group discussion to explore everyday "teachable moments" for sharing faith. • March 28 through April 22, 2005 • Register by March 22. Cost: $75 • Site open for exploration and online tutorial starting March 11 Course offers: • A focus on integrating faith in everyday life • Four weeks with a facilitator in a small discussion community • An initial week to explore the Web site and become comfortable with the online environment • Ongoing technology support • Ability to sign on, use resources, and post mess...
'Why I am Still Catholic' [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2005
'Why I am Still Catholic' BY RICHARD K. TAYLOR A converted explains what sustains him in a troubled Church I was raised in the Quaker faith and became a Catholic in 1982 at age 49. For the first time in these subsequent 22 years, many longstanding Catholic friends are telling me they are seriously considering leaving the Church. Others say they are hanging on by their fingernails. Most of these friends are active in their local parishes. They serve as eucharistic ministers, lectors or soup kitchen volunteers. These are faithful people who are grieving over a Church they love. They say it is very hard, even heart-wrenching, to be Catholic these days. Everywhere they turn, there are painful realities that undercut their commitment to the Church: sex abuse scandals. Bishop cover-ups. Retrogressive changes in the liturgy. The fading hope that women's leadership gifts can ever be expressed in ordination. The lowly status of the laity, whose talents, intelligence and experience are largel...
'Why I Choose to Stay' [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2005
'Why I Choose to Stay' BY CHRISTINE SCHENK A woman tells of the hope and 'tough grace' that impels her to remain People sometimes ask me why I stay in the Catholic Church since there seems to be no future for women in ministerial roles. With the current papal administration firmly rejecting any talk of women priests, even to the point of invoking infallibility hope for Women's equality in Church decisionmaking seems bleak indeed. And it isn't only documents such as Ordinatio Sacerdotalis that suppress women's perspectives. New requirements listed by the General Instruction on the Roman Missal restricting when lay people may preach effectively silence women ministers' proclamation of the good news in parishes small and large even though many pastors have encouraged them to preach. Punitive actions taken by individual bishops and the Vatican against women like Sister Carmel McEnroy, Sister Barbara Fiand, Rev. Mary Ramerman, Sister Joan Chittister and others who seek to keep the conver...
Lourdes Diary [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2005
Lourdes Diary BY JAMES MARTIN, S.J. PART ONE: DONNING THE BLACK CASSOCK Here's something you don't hear every day from a Jesuit," I said to a friend living in a Jesuit residence at Fordham University. "I'm here to pick up a cassock for my trip to Lourdes." The pilgrimage to Fordham was in preparation for a seven-day pilgrimage to the little town in the French Pyrenees where the Virgin Mary appeared to the 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous in 1858. Two years ago, a friend who is a member of the Order of Malta began encour- aging me to join the knights and dames on their annual trip to Lourdes. And though I have a great devotion to St. Bernadette and had just read Ruth Harris's excellent study, Lourdes: Body and Spirit in a Secular Age, I turned down his kind invitation. Too busy, I said. But last summer he called while I was directing a retreat, a time when one naturally feels more open and free. This time, he invited me in earnest, along with two Jesuit friends, to work as chaplains ...
A Radical Message for the People of God [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2005
A Radical Message for the People of God BY COLLEEN CARROLL CAMPBELL Like so many other teachings of the Second Vatican Council, the central lessons of the second chapter of Lumen Gentium have been widely misunderstood and caricatured. Catholics seeking to remake the mystical body of Christ into a representative democracy have seized on this chapter's description of the Church as "the People of God." That description, they say, justifies a radical rethinking of the Catholic faith. In one respect, at least, they are right. The teachings of Chapter Two, "On the People of God," are radical —in the best sense of the word. To be radical is to return to one's roots; to get back to basics and revisit one's foundations. Lumen Gentium (LG) is indeed a radical document, and its second chapter contains some of its most radical truths. Those truths do not repudiate the hierarchy of the Church or its doctrines. Rather, they challenge all Catholics to embrace their specific roles in the Church and...
The Infinity of Now [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2005
The Infinity of Now BY DANIEL O'LEARY If we tire of the day-to-day grind, it may be because we are only half present At 84, Samuel Beckett was asked about the possibility of his retirement. "What!" he • exclaimed, "Me? Retire? Never—not with the fire in me now!" Not all of us are that lucky. In my travels, I meet teachers and priests for whom the original vision of their vocation has all but disappeared. There seems to be a universal kind of ennui, a deepseated sense of pressure, that is driving people to retire as soon as possible. Equally worrying, whether it has to do with increasing bureaucracy, target-setting or appraisals, the very soul seems to have dropped out of the world of work for many. How do we restore a new energy to our lives by finding a lost balance and poise? Is there a way of building into our days a ground, a centre, and a reminder of what is at the heart of all our endeavours, something that would provide a context and a balance against which to measure and nur...