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Contributing Publications [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2005
Contributing Publications America , the national Catholic weekly magazine, has been published since 1909 by Jesuits in the United States for thinking Catholics and those who want to know what Catholics are thinking. It has published dozens of articles, analyses, and commentaries on the sexual-abuse crisis in the Church and its aftermath since 2002. America is online at www.americamagazine.org. Subscribe via the Web site or call 1-800-627-953 3. Established in 1924, Commonweal is an independent journal of opinion edited by lay Catholics. It has a special interest in religion (Catholic and otherwise), politics, war and peace issues, and culture. Along with articles on current events, Commonweal regularly reviews books, plays, films, and television. It is published 22 times per year. Its goal is "to bring a distinctively Catholic perspective to bear on the issues of the day." Please give us a try. A trial subscription is $25. Call 888-495-6755, or visit www.commonwealmagazine.org Natio...
Countless Small Victories [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2005
Countless Small Victories BY RANDY YOUNG Maryknoll lay missioners touch lives and are transformed At a time of great turmoil within the U.S. Catholic Church, a determined group of people has carved . out an enviable record of achievement in some of the most challenged regions of the world. Maryknoll Lay Missioners —l3l people in 17 countries —is the Church's largest and fastest-growing lay mission group in the United States today. Driven by a sense of faith, purpose and community, these missioners are affecting the quality of life for people in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Their work is resulting in measurable improvements in health care, education, the environment, human rights and economic development in a host of third-world enclaves. At the same time, members of the lay missioners are transforming their own lives, often dedicating themselves to helping the extremely needy in areas within the United States, like the South Bronx and Appalachia, once they have finished their Mar...
Parish Practice [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2005
Parish Practice BY JULIETTE LANGE A mantra for all mothers It was halfway through the eighth chapter of C.S. Lewis' The Magician's Nephew, which I was reading with Lydia, my eight-year-old, that I became hooked. It is the bit when Asian — the lion, king, and creator —sings Narnia into being: In the darkness something was happening at last. A voice had begun to sing. It was very far away and Digory found it hard to decide from what direction it was coming... There were no words. There was hardly even a tune. But it was, beyond comparison, the most beautiful noise he had ever heard. It was so beautiful he could hardly bear it. It reminded me of the Hindu legend that recounts how God created the earth by sounding it —a sounding which continues to hold it in being. It spoke to me, too, of my experience in meditation. Meditation—often associated with Buddhism and Hinduism—is also an ancient Christian practice: the repetition of one word, a mantra. You concentrate on that one sound - not ...
Hope's Deep Roots [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2005
Hope's Deep Roots BY PAT MARRIN An essence so vital that neither failure nor disappointment can stop it Hope is the thing with feathers," Emily Dickinson reminded us. I presume she meant that there is something fragile about hope, because it is necessarily about things that are not here yet. We nourish hope, cooperate with it, nudge it forward by trusting in it, going with it. "Despite the facts," someone a bit more hard-edged once said, "we are still hopeful." The prophet Isaiah witnessed what appeared to be the collapse of God's promise to protect his people from destruction. Yet, even as the prophet pondered the fallen tree, he saw renewal sprout from the severed stump. Below ground, the roots of the promise were firm and deep. Keep hope alive, he urged a broken, dispirited people heading into exile. There is a liturgical season devoted to hope, Advent. But Advent has an apocalyptic tone as well: For the future to come, the present needs to get out of the way. Breakthrough entail...
Blue [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2005
Blue BY BRIAN DOYLE Watching the colors under my wife's paintbrush The most interesting and powerful sentence ever said to me was terse and spoken on a hill over the sea by a slight, stunning woman: Yes, she said, firmly, and off we went to be married. Since then I have become a student of her taut sentences, which are always riveting. I like to do the dishes because it's order amid disorder, that was one of my favorites, and If beavers are smart, we should be worried, which absorbed me for weeks, and Strong emotion is the only defense against dangerous complacency , which is true, and Color stole my heart, which is revelatory, but lately it is her sentences having to do with her paintings that fascinate me, two in particular, both having to do with the color blue. The bluer they got, the longer they got, she said of the legs of a child in one of her paintings, a remark I chewed on for a long time, and then, airily, I used to be into yellow but lately I've been into blue, which made...
Making Capital [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2005
Making Capital BY PAUL MARIANI I cannot in conscience spend time on poetry, neither have I the inducements and inspirations that make others compose. Feeling, love in particular, is the great moving power and spring of verse and the only person that I am in love with seldom, especially now, stirs my heart sensibly and when he does I cannot always 'make capital' of it, it would be a sacrilege to do so. Then again I have of myself made verse so laborious. - Gerard Manley Hopkins in a letter to Robert Bridges, February 1879 For six weeks I've tried lassoing the wind and come up with nada, zip &amp; zero. Oh, I know what moved me then, what sweet whisperings to the mind, but could not make those protean shapes sit still, though God knows I've tried. Sunday Mass. The eight. My wife there next to me, thinking her own deep thoughts. Congealed light on the pews, cold as Fate, candles guttering, half the parishioners half asleep. And the priest up at the pulpit, embellishing a story ...
Refracting the Light [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2005
Refracting the Light BY MARY ANNE REESE Glimmers of hope seen in the hroad spectrum of young adult Catholics They are married, single, divorced and of every nationality and ethnic group. Their ranks include professionals, laborers, students, military and immigrants. Some are straight, some gay, some are parents and some have disabilities. The common ground is that they are Catholic young adults, defined by the U.S. bishops as men and women between the ages of 18 and 39. They also have in common an abundance of gifts, energy and heart. In their 1977 pastoral letter Sons and Daughters of the Light, the U.S. bishops stated strongly that the Church wants and needs a stronger connection with young adult Catholics. So the question becomes: Who are these Catholic young adults? And how can the Church best minister to and with them? Several years ago, when I started the Archdiocese of Cincinnati's young adult ministry, I asked Eric Styles, a 24-year-old college senior, what the Church should...
A Hope for His Bishops [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2005
A Hope for His Bishops John Paul II urges Church leaders to he 'more open to collaboration with all' The following is excerpted from a papal address on September 11, 2004 to the bishops of Pennsylvania and New Jersey on their annual visit to report to Rome. Among the topics that Pope John Paul II discussed in his fraternal welcome was a concern that the American bishops had earlier voiced about a "crisis of confidence" in their leadership following the clergy abuse scandal. The pope told them to have faith in the authority of their office, as teachers of the faith, but also to build hope among the people of God by practicing a more authentically collaborative style of leadership in their respective dioceses. Today our considerations turn to the munus regendi, the power of governance by which the successors of the apostles have been set apart by the Holy Spirit as guardians of the flock and shepherds of the Church of God. As the Church's constant tradition attests, this apostolic aut...
Theology on Tap [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2005
Theology on Tap BY PHYLLIS M. HANLON Providing nourishing soul food to young Catholic appetites On the surface, the scene is not unusual—a group of young men and women laughing and talking in an informal setting while munching snacks and sipping beer. Dig a little deeper, however, and you will find that a unique objective unites these individuals. A burning hunger, not for physical nourishment or socialization, but rather for spiritual fulfillment has drawn these young adults together. Born out of a need for programs specifically geared toward 20- and 30-somethings who feel disconnected from the Church, Theology on Tap attempts to bring straight talk about faith issues and how they relate to everyday living to this spiritually starved generation. In 1981, the Rev. John Cusick, director of young adult ministry in Chicago, created Theology on Tap in an effort to strengthen the tenuous thread that holds young adults to the Church and to minister to the unique, mature needs of people be...
Lay Ministers and Ordained Ministers [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2006
Lay Ministers and Ordained Ministers BY REV. MICHAEL J. HIMES, BOSTON COLLEGE The 1983 Code of Canon Law defines the Christian faithful as those who, inasmuch as they have been incorporated in Christ through baptism, have been constituted as the people of God. For this reason —since they have become sharers in Christ's priestly, prophetic, and royal office in their own manner —they are called to exercise the mission God entrusted the Church to fulfill in the world in accord with the condition proper to each one (Canon 204, 1). The Code of Canon Law then informs us the "By divine institution, there are...in the Church sacred ministers who in law are also called clerics; the other members of the Christian faithful are called lay persons" (Canon 207, 1). Before turning to the rights and obligations proper to the laity and to the clergy, the code of Canon Law deals with the rights and duties of all members of the Church "free to make known to the pastors are the members of the Church th...
IN THIS ISSUE Parish Ministry [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2006
IN THIS ISSUE Parish Ministry In chapter six of the Acts of the Apostles St. Luke recounts how the needs of the early Christian community led the Apostles to appoint associates in their pastoral work. The Greek word Luke uses to indicate their service is diakonia which, in Latin, is translated as ministerium. The history of the growth of the early Christian communities is a study in evolving forms of leadership. Ministry, authorized by the Holy Spirit in service to the assembly, took many forms. We read in the Letter to the Ephesians: "Christ's gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ" (Eph 4:11-13). Over subsequent centuries, new structures continued to emerge (e.g. the Roman curia, the ...
the CHURCH in the 21ST CENTURY C21 Resources [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2006
the CHURCH in the 21ST CENTURY C21 Resources EDITOR Timothy P. Muldoon, Director, The Church in the 21st Century Center ADVISORY BOARD J.A. Appleyard John L. Mahoney Dawn V. Everstreet Barbara Radtke Robert hnbelli Robert R. Newton DESIGNER Progressive Print Solutions C2l Resources is published by Boston College's Church in the 21st Century Center, in partnership with the publications from which these articles have been selected. C2l Resources is a compilation of the best analyses and essays on key challenges facing the Church today. They are published with the intent of stimulating discussion and thought among bishops, priests, religious, and lay members of the Catholic community.