Posts Tagged ‘Faith’

The living, the dead, and Alfred Lord Tennyson Comments 0

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Although never fond of church going and heedless of doctrinal orthodoxy, Tennyson was profoundly religious, stating: “Two things I have always been firmly convinced of—God—and that death will not end my existence.” Early and late, Tennyson’s theme was mortal beauty.  In The Princess (1847), when he was scarcely forty, he set it to an enchanting Read more

Kiwis losing the faith Comments 0

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Our so-called ‘God’s own’ country is fast becoming anything but. A century ago New Zealand was one of most religious places on the planet, with the great majority of Kiwis, Pākehā and Māori alike, believing in some form of Christianity. Fast forward a few generations and not only Christianity, but belief in any form of Read more

Interview: Cardinal Gerhard L. Müller Comments 0

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Amoris Laetitia? “It should be read as a whole, in any case, adultery is always a mortal sin and the bishops who stir confusion on this should study for themselves the doctrine of the Church. We must help the sinner to overcome the sin and to repent.” The unity of Christians? “It is important, but Read more

The mystery of Fidel Castro’s faith Comments 0

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

The Jesuit-educated Fidel Castro rejected the Church of his childhood following the 1959 Cuban revolution, and for two decades never met a bishop. But then came a book-long interview with a Brazilian friar, and growing closeness between Church and state in Cuba — as well as tantalizing signs that Castro was seeking reconciliation with his Read more

Believing in miracles a health hazard? Comments 0

Friday, October 7th, 2016

There are many moments – the loss of a job, finding out you have cancer, a child’s walk home from school in a dangerous neighbourhood – when faith in a loving God watching over you can provide comfort and hope, several studies have found. But are there times when too much control can be ceded Read more

Keeping the faith in a secular world Comments 0

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Alister Castillo, 26, is about to become ordained as a Deacon, a minister of the Catholic church. For the last six and a half years Castillo lived at the Holy Cross College in Auckland, the national Roman Catholic seminary for the training of priests. On September 23 he will commit to a life of religious service. “I have had the Read more

It’s hard to go to church Comments 0

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

The standard narrative of American religious decline goes something like this: A few hundred years ago, European and American intellectuals began doubting the validity of God as an explanatory mechanism for natural life. As science became a more widely accepted method for investigating and understanding the physical world, religion became a less viable way of Read more

Martin Luther was a “teacher of the faith” Comments 10

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Martin Luther was a “teacher of the faith.” In a new report Germany’s bishops say the 500th anniversary of the Reformation must involve repentance on both sides. Germany’s Catholic bishops have praised Martin Luther as a “Gospel witness and teacher of the faith” and called for closer ties with Protestants. In a 206-page report, “The Read more

Heartbreak leads Bear Grylls to Jesus Comments 0

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Bear Grylls believes in God. And if you meet him in person, you’ll quickly learn that he’s unashamed to tell you so. He may be known for his wild ways and impressive survival skills, but his faith is a side of Grylls many haven’t seen. Grylls doesn’t claim to be a perfect Christian. In fact, he admits that many of Read more

Faith history Comments 2

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016
Joy Cowley

Have you ever sat down and documented your personal faith history? I’m not talking about Church teaching; but what that teaching has meant to you alongside your own life experience. Looking back, you will see a pattern of spiritual growth that is universal and yet uniquely you. My own journey has been like this: When Read more