“If ever proof was needed that the scriptures are the living word of God that speak as radically to us today as to the people who first listened to them, then the quote used as the title of the Synodal Working Document, is that proof,” writes Grainne Doherty.
In Brazil, women have long served as lectors and catechists in places like the Amazon region, where many are de facto religious leaders in remote communities that suffer from a severe shortage of priests, writes Lise Alves.
“The tragic irony of course is that Pope Francis’ favourite metaphor for the Church is that of a field-hospital. But for me the Church is the very place where the injury of rejection, the wounding of discrimination is taking place, and he is part of it,” writes Soline Humbert.
It’s time to get serious about youth in the Church writes Ger Gallagher, a youth minister.
Matthew explains that, after adoring Jesus, the Magi “returned to their own country by a different way”. The word “way” has several meanings, “a course travelled, a new direction, a possible decision or outcome, a habitual manner, or a mode or pattern of behaving”, writes Sr Jane Wakahiu.
“We can often lose sight of the need to build healthy, loving relationships with those right here in our midst who have viewpoints different from our own about immigrants and refugees, as well as about many other issues,” writes Cambria Tortorelli.