Monthly Archives: October 2012

“New Evangelization” with a Commitment towards Praxis

In her article “Pastoral Theology or Practical Theology” Kathleen Calahan reminds us that practical theology is not associated with the actions of the Church, “rather it is the determination theologically of the Church’s ‘principles and prescriptions for the Church’s present … Continue reading

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Faithful Citizenship asks us to promote Civil Dialogue

In the introductory note of “Faithful Citizenship” the U.S. Bishops make a point to declare their hope that by offering this document they could “contribute to civil and respectful dialogue.” In another section, they recognize that “unfortunately, politics in our … Continue reading

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Lectionary Reflection for October 28, 2012: “Christ Has No Body… But Yours”

Lectionary Readings: Jeremiah 31: 7-9. Jeremiah announces the return of the northern tribes, exiled in their pitiable condition by the Assyrians. Hebrews 5:1-6. Priests should deal patiently with erring sinners for they themselves are beset by weakness and must make … Continue reading

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A Methodology for Practical Theology

At a graduate course on the “foundations for practical theology” we examined the work of Karl Rahner and explored his contribution in emphasizing the role of “practical theology” within the post Vatican II Catholic Church. In one of the articles … Continue reading

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Lectionary Reflection for October 21, 2012: The Suffering Servant

Lectionary Readings: Isaiah 53:10-11. “Through his suffering my servant shall justify many and their guilt he shall bear.” Hebrews 4:14-16. Jesus, our high priest, is one who is able to sympathize with our weaknesses, as he has experienced all our … Continue reading

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Afterlife Theology: Embracing a New Dimension of Existence

Recently Newsweek Magazine profiled an amazing journey into the afterlife as experienced by Dr. Eben Alexander. This article and experience will be of interest to many either as a curious phenomena or as a journey of faith. Below is the … Continue reading

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Lectionary Reflection for October 14, 2012: The Wisdom of the Gospel

Lectionary Reflection: Wisdom 7:7-11. I pleaded, and the spirit of wisdom came to me, and in her company all good things. Hebrews 4:12-13. God’s word is sharper than any two-edged sword. It judges the thoughts of the heart. Nothing is … Continue reading

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Faithful Citizenship: Not a Single-Issue Platform

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The US Bishops document “Faithful Citizenship” invites us to be advocates on the issues of our Catholic social tradition. Taking part in elections is only one way where we can exert our moral responsibility within the political arena. No matter … Continue reading

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Lectionary Reflection for October 7, 2012: Celebrating One Human Family

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Lectionary Readings: Gen 2:18-24. The creation of man and woman, their vocation to become two in one flesh and to be suitable partners for each other. Heb 2:9-11. Jesus is perfected through suffering and tastes death for all. So, he … Continue reading

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