It is becoming a bit of a pattern… It began with the story of Pope Francis bringing his chair (and a sandwich) to a Swiss Guard outside his room. Pope Francis invited Alberto di Tullio (17), who has Down syndrome, to share his popemobile and to the amusement of many, including the Pope, Alberto spun
Fire Starters: Igniting the Holy in the Weekday Homily Richard J. Sklba Liturgical Press (June 17, 2013) 624 pages The Daily Mass readings (Daily Eucharistic Lectionary) must, by far, be the most-read part of the Bible day by day. When I, today, carry round with me the thought that the Spirit helps us in our
The Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) all have a tradition of ritual handwashing before prayer. Jews Christians In the third century there are traces of a custom of washing the hands as a preparation for prayer on the part of all Christians; and from the fourth century onwards it appears to have been usual for
GAFCON 2013 is over, and their Communique and Commitment is out. It may be premature to parse this document, but I will risk some early reflection and possible scenarios. The Anglican Communion has “instruments of communion” binding it together: primarily (and the only one, for example, formally recognised by my province) the Archbishop of Canterbury.
People have been urging me to watch this week’s video by the Archbishop of Canterbury. And to post it. So I went to look for it. And indeed, as you see, it is a lovely video, beautifully edited, with very thoughtful content. And then suddenly, without any warning, in an otherwise exemplary, laudable presentation, there
Filioque The “Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed” (normally referred to as the “Nicene” Creed) has Καὶ εἰς τὸ Πνεῦμα τὸ Ἅγιον, τὸ κύριον, τὸ ζῳοποιόν, τὸ ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς ἐκπορευόμενον (And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, from the Father proceeding) But the Latin text used in the Western Church has the Holy Spirit
If there is a spectrum – from those who treat communion as the reward for good behaviour to those who see it as one of God’s gifts to fix our human sinfulness – then I’m firmly at the latter end of that spectrum. So I pray the rumours are correct, and may Pope Francis work