Posts Tagged ‘redemption’

Ex-offenders get gifts from church Comments 0

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Ex-offenders on probation in Oldham, England, can be sure of at least one present: they are given Christmas gifts from a local church. In a tradition that started 20 years ago, the Shore Edge Methodist Church have donated presents to those on probation “as an ultimate offer of redemption”. Read more Related Posts:Muslims in Christmas Read more

Fairy tales, vampires and novelist Karen Ullo Comments 0

Monday, August 28th, 2017

“The realm of fairy-story is wide and deep and high and filled with many things,” J.R.R. Tolkien says in the opening of his essay “On Fairy Stories.” Author Karen Ullo is one storyteller willing to brave this fantastical land, embracing both its highs (fairies) and lows (vampires in search of salvation and the next kill). Read more

Will this be our last Holy Week? Comments 0

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Is Holy Week really worth the effort? If you talk to pastors, liturgists, choir directors, leaders of RCIA, etc., Holy Week is a time of frenetic activity, the culmination of much planning and lack of planning, and somehow—at least sometimes—inspiring. And then…? Well, a few weeks of lilies and extra “Alleluias!” and then back to Read more

The patchwork quilt Comments 1

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Some people seem to think that humility is being self-effacing, self-critical, even self-despising. But humility simply means being real. It’s a lovely grounding word, from ‘humus’ meaning earth, and it should make us feel comfortable with who and what we are. All that self-abnegation stuff can be another product of the annoying ego, the I, Read more

The human family and the family of God Comments 0

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

“Last Wednesday, I emphasized the deep bond that exists between the Holy Spirit and the Church. Today, I would like to begin on the mystery of the Church, a mystery which we all experience and of which we are part.” — Pope Francis, General Audience, May 29, 2013 (L’Osservatore Romano, English, June 5, 2013) “The Read more