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Fifteen months in, Pope Francis can still surprise us

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I just returned from a family vacation and was looking for some inspiration. I was therefore pleased -- or should I say, filled with the Holy Spirit -- to read the article by Cindy Wooden on the pope's visit with 50,000 charismatic Catholics. Seeing the picture of Pope Francis kneeling to be prayed over by this assembled group was really something extraordinary.

Preview: Intimacy: It's complicated

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Editor's note: This essay by Kerry Cronin is reprinted with permission from "Intimacy and Relationships in Catholic Life," the Spring 2014 issue of C21 Resources, published by the Church in the 21st Century Center at Boston College. The 38-page glossy, magazine-style publication contains 17 essays by various authors examining such topics as "intimacy in the age of Facebook," sexual relationships inside and outside marriage, intimacy in celibacy, theology of the body, intimacy between generations and intimacy with God.

A dynamic spirit

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In 1971, a significant book for the study of the Christian Scriptures appeared. Trajectories Through Early Christianity, by James McConkey Robinson and Helmut Koester, explored the diverse and often contradictory theologies contained in those writings. The authors were convinced our sacred authors presented various ways of understanding the implications of imitating Jesus' death and resurrection in our everyday lives. These inspired writers offer us "trajectories" of diverse theologies, not the straight-line "catechism" theology employed by most Christian churches today.

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