Reflections

Our San Damiano moment: Archbishop Timothy Costello SDB reflects on... Our San Damiano moment: Archbishop Timothy Costello SDB reflects on...

Our San Damiano moment: Archbishop Timothy Costello SDB reflects on...

Friday 28 August 2020

Communications Office
 
The last six months of the Plenary Council Journey has required many unplanned changes due to COVID-19. What hasn’t changed though, is the heart of the journey – the discernment process. Archbishop Tim Costelloe SDB has written a paper reflecting on the genesis of the Plenary Council, retracing the journey so far and offering insights into the period leading up to the assemblies in 2021 and 2022, as well as the implementation phase beyond.

Victims of violence based on faith or belief

Wednesday 19 August 2020

Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

'Christians should not need to be told about what people have suffered because of their faith,' writes Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ, to mark the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence based on religion or belief on 22 August. 'But when we honour the victims of violence, we are also called to ask why violence happens. The answer lies in the hatred and lack of acceptance of people who are different that leads to violence. Violence roots in prejudice; prejudice in a lack of understanding; a lack of understanding roots in the absence of deep social relationships with people who differ from us. To address it we must walk back through these steps, beginning by reaching out to people who are different.' 

Is your parish culture compatible with a missionary vision?

Wednesday 19 August 2020

Proclaim: Office for Mission Renewal  
 
We must address our parish culture if we want to grow a fruitful missionary parish. Fr James Mallon in Beyond the Parish defines culture as ‘the environment we create by what we allow, celebrate and value’ in the life of our parish. ‘Culture is like an iceberg, 90 percent of which sits below the waterline, invisible to observers. We might not be able to see culture, but it influences everything we do.’ 
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