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30th Sunday of Ordinary Time 2018 Newsletter

 

All Souls Day

Historically, the Western tradition identifies the general custom of praying for the dead dating as far back as 2 Maccabees 12:42-46. The custom of setting apart a special day for intercession for certain of the faithful on November 2 was first established by St. Odilo of Cluny (d. 1048) at his abbey of Cluny in 998.[2]From Cluny the custom spread to the other houses of the Cluniac order, which became the largest and most extensive network of monasteries in Europe. The celebration was soon adopted in several dioceses in France, and spread throughout the Western Church. It was accepted in Rome only in the fourteenth century. While 2 November remained the liturgical celebration, in time the entire month of November became associated in the Western Catholic tradition with prayer for the departed; lists of names of those to be remembered being placed in the proximity of the altar on which the sacrifice of the mass is offered.

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The Path of Knowing and Following Jesus

Former Catholics and nonbelievers of every stripe who are disdainful of Christianity often know very little about Jesus, and the little they think they know can be wrong.  So they can be completely unprepared for the surprise of meeting him. The threshold of curiosity is a perfect time to explore the possibility that a personal God exists and that you can have a personal relationship with that God.   It is essential that we help people wrestle with this first, most crucial issue of a personal God.  Those who don’t believe in a personal God and the possibility of a relationship with that God will never be able to move beyond the threshold of curiosity.

 

There are three basic stages of curiosity:

1. Awareness: This is the moment when people become aware that there are more possibilities in life than they had imagined or experienced.  One such possibility could be “I can have a personal relationship with a God who loves me.”

2. Engagement:  This is when the curious person takes steps on his own to pursue his curiosity by, say, making friends with a Christian, reading about Jesus, and so on.

3. Exchange: the convert begins to experience intense curiosity.  He moves from merely listening and semi-covert examination of Christians and their faith to actively asking questions and exchanging ideas.

 

 

 

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21st Sunday of Ordinary Time 2018 Newsletter

 

Among all the things that Pope Francis says, what are those that most characterize his action, according to you?

I have no doubt that it is his continual reaffirmation of Jesus’ name.  This is the epicentre that he continually returns to.  More than the name of Christ, which is a title, he talks aboutJesus, which is the name that indicates the concrete person of the God-man. It is revealing that the pope asked the faithful who were gathered in St Peter’s Square not to cry out, “Francis, Francis!” but to cry out, “Jesus, Jesus!”  This is what every Christian should do. This pope has a personal relationship with Jesus, a fruit of the Spirit, and it shows.  Everyone can perceive it.  It is most certainly the fruit of a long labour, as we can see then Francis makes reference to his own conversion in the course of his life.  It is a road with some aspects that make me think of the road Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero, a man and a pastor who learned and embraced a certain style of Gospel radicalness because of the circumstances he was living in.

Raniero Cantalamessa

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