Before formulating a missionary strategy and before recruiting others to help them in their ministry, the Eleven first prayed.
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.
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.
Global Sisters Report: Sr. Carol Perry's weekly Sunday morning Bible class is standing-room-only. Not bad for a woman who didn't read the Bible growing up.
Commentary: Despite 20 years of discrimination of women and denial of women's basic human rights as spiritual equals before God, women are serving in priestly ministry.
The prayer of surrender reconciles, brings rest: It stops us from shuffling guilt and fear and anger thoughts in our mind like a stacked deck of cards.
Some members of the class of 2014 are eschewing grad school or the workforce straight after college, choosing instead to help others.
Spiritual Reflections: This Sunday's readings are marked by dysfunctional community, used and rejected building materials, and near-paralyzed leadership. Not the characteristics of a flourishing enterprise.
Essay: I'm not sure how much your education has prepared the class of 2014 for the question of faith. So here's some advice.
Satanists are all over the news. But are they, along with Wiccans and pagans, all together in one non-Abrahamic lump? Not at all, experts say.