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Baby-sleeping-freedigitalphotosReflection - Preferential Option for the Poor by Scott McDonald
"The previous night, a child was born, four months early. She told how she held that child in the palm of her hand through the night, until the baby...

Thinking Faith by James Hanvey SJ‘Because you give me hope’ Thinking Faith by James Hanvey SJ
Why has Pope Francis chosen to adopt the model of leadership that is already beginning to characterise his papacy? James Hanvey SJ identifies three particular aspects of the Franciscan and Ignatian traditions that seem to be informing the new Pope’s vision of mission.

The Violence of Love by Oscar Romero stock-xchngThe Violence of Love by Oscar Romero
'There is an exchange of property that is understood only in a true spirit of poverty, which makes the rich feel they are close brothers and sisters of the poor, and makes the poor feel they are equal givers and not inferior to the rich.' p. 156.

Changing our national conversation by Sandie Cornish stock-xchngChanging our national conversation by Sandie Cornish
Have you found the meanness, fearfulness and negativity of our national political discourse soul-destroying? I think we need to refocus our national conversation on fostering the common good – which is the purpose of the State.

Weaving Catechesis into social action by Megan McKenna stock-xchngWeaving Catechesis into social action by Megan McKenna
'There is the story told of a man who sat for hours weaving at a loom. Day after day he toiled, throwing the shuttles back and forth ... But he had not been the one to set the loom up, or begin this particular weaving and he had no sense of what it would look like'

Spirituality & Practice: An Interview with Megan McKenna stock-xchngSpirituality & Practice: An Interview with Megan McKenna
'Sharing of food and water and sustenance is the basis of justice and living religiously. It is a mockery of the Eucharist to eat at the table in church and to exclude or ignore and not be shamed by those who go hungry, without water and the basic necessities of life.'

Joseph Cardijn on Young Christian Workers stock-xchngJoseph Cardijn on Young Christian Workers 'The better we get to know the living reality of the lay apostolate, the more we discover the great resources which it opens up for the Church, the better we understand why Pope Pius XI insisted so much on Catholic Action becoming everywhere "the participation of the laity in the apostolate of the hierarchy."'

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