SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
June 20, 2020
June 20, 2020
What was it like when Mary and the disciples left the Upper Room on the day of Pentecost? As they stepped into the streets of Jerusalem it must have felt very familiar and very new at the same time. Many of us are having the same experience as the Covid-19 lockdowns are eased. We can
June 20, 2020
Suddenly, there has been nowhere to go. This prompts the question, why do we usually go anywhere at all? At the same time, our immediate surroundings have newly revealed themselves. I live in Southwell in Nottinghamshire and am normally tempted to head for the more obvious spectacle of the Peak District. But for two months
June 20, 2020
From Mexico to Argentina, the countries of Hispanic America (Portuguese-speaking Brazil had a different experience) followed similar patterns after independence. In almost every case, the oligarchy that had brought about the break with Spain would split into two: liberals, who were anticlerical and looked to the United States for inspiration (often enough receiving American funding
June 20, 2020
His eyes stare out of the grainy black-and-white photo with an intensity I found frightening when, as a child, I first saw it on a prayer card. Later I began to imagine that perhaps this look was something to do with the romance of the desert. In my mind the nobleman who made the desert
June 20, 2020
Twelfth Sunday of the Year Jeremiah 20: 10-13; Romans 5: 12-15; Matthew 10: 26-33 “Sin entered the world through one man, and through sin death, and thus death has spread through the whole human race because everyone has sinned.” We tend to think of sin as the individual transgressions that betray God’s loving purpose in
June 20, 2020
Pope Francis has approved the inclusion of three additional invocations in the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also called the Litany of Loreto. In a June 20 letter to the presidents of bishops’ conferences, Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for the Divine Liturgy and the Discipline of the Sacraments, said the invocations