(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis addressed Heads of State and Heads of Government of European Union countries on Friday afternoon, the eve of the 60° anniversary of the signing of the treaties creating the European Economic Community and the European Atomic Energy Community – the first major structural steps toward creating the European Union.
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Please find below my selection of excerpts, and my emphases, from this address.
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The Bible, with its rich historical narratives, can teach us a basic lesson. We cannot understand our own times apart from the past, seen not as an assemblage of distant facts, but as the lymph that gives life to the present. Without such an awareness, reality loses its unity, history loses its logical thread, and humanity loses a sense of the meaning of its activity and its progress towards the future.
25 March 1957 was a day full of hope and expectation, enthusiasm and apprehension. Only an event of exceptional significance and historical consequences could make it unique in history. The memory of that day is linked to today’s hopes and the expectations of the people of Europe, who call for discernment in the present, so that the journey that has begun can continue with renewed enthusiasm and confidence.Read More »
Source: Common Prayer
Blessed Oscar Romero was assasinated 37 years ago. May his memory last forever!
Source: 7 Must-Haves to Survive a Long Flight » Brittany from Boston
Here is some good advice on long haul air travel from seasoned traveller Brittany.
Source: The Record meets with acclaimed academic Mark Noll – The Wheaton Record – The Wheaton Record
A very good interview. Here is a small quote on evangelicalism:
‘If when people hear “evangelical” they think of something political first, then the serious meaning of the word is gone. ‘
And another one, on the Reformation:
‘I myself, I don’t think it’s appropriate either to be completely celebratory about the Reformation or completely negative about the breakup of western Christianity. But there were critical issues having to do with religious authority, location of the nature of divine revelation, the means by which God reconciles people to himself, critical issues having to do with the nature of religion in society, the authority of temporal rulers over spiritual rulers. All of those really important matters were adjusted, shaken up, reformed and revised in about a forty year period. So whether people realize it or not, certainly the Christian churches in the West — and to some extent where the churches have spread in the world — were the heirs of what happened then.
Source: prețul unui ochi și prețul unui dinte | JURNAℓ SCOȚIAN
Pr. Florescu, din nou, absolut superb:
‘Crucea ta o să fie când ai să duci de bunăvoie necazul altuia, nu necazul tău. Crucea nu este să fii tu olog, ci să porți după tine un olog. Crucea nu este să fii bolnav, ci să îngrijești cu dragoste un bolnav. Crucea este atunci când rabzi pentru altul, nu pentru tine. Când nu le mai cauți pe ale tale, ci pe ale celuilalt.’
We are pleased to announce the launch of Jubilee Centre’s campaign to crowdsource a set of new theses marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, called ’95 ways to change the world’.
The initiative at www.Reformation2017.org is aimed especially at Christians aged 33 or under (Martin Luther’s age in 1517), although anyone may suggest a new thesis. A £500 prize will be awarded for the best new thesis, and training will be offered to those who want to turn their vision for change into an actual project.
While other organisations are publishing their own lists of 95 theses in 2017, this is unique in inviting Christians from around the world to share their vision and ideas for promoting ‘true human flourishing’.Read More »
Source: 5 Things You’re Reading, When You’re Reading The Bible
I continue to believe that the doctrine of Scripture and hermeneutics are the batttle grounds for the future of the soul of evangelicalism (if that battle is not already lost for good; which I am still not sure). It seems Benjamin Corey agrees.
Source: suflet de bancher și socoteli meschine | JURNAℓ SCOȚIAN
Pr Florescu se enerveaaza din nou, a cita oara, si pe buna dreptate, de timpeniile pe care le spun romanii cu vaza.
Source: The Problem of Goodness – Freelance Christianity
Goodness is perpetuated by individuals while evil, more often than not, is perpetrated by groups.
Source: How Patriarchy Silences Women (Rachel Elizabeth Asproth)
Scot McKnight shares today this post on patriarchy by Rachel Elizabeth Asproth. Here is a summary:
1. Patriarchal History Questions the Importance of Women’s Existence
2. Patriarchal History Minimizes Women’s Contributions
3. Patriarchal History Pigeon-Holes Women
4. Patriarchal History Is Hyper-Focused on Female Sexuality