COMBONIANUM – Spiritualità e Missione

–– Sito di FORMAZIONE PERMANENTE MISSIONARIA –– Uno sguardo missionario sulla Vita, il Mondo e la Chiesa A missionary look on the life of the world and the church –– VIDA y MISIÓN – VIE et MISSION – VIDA e MISSÃO ––

Archivi categoria: Faith and Spirituality

Eve, source of the world’s misfortunes?

Is Eve, the one who let herself be seduced by the snake, who picked the fruit of the tree of knowledge and gave to Adam, the reason for all the misfortunes of the world?

20/11/2019 · Lascia un commento

Our Need to Share Our Riches With The Poor

We need to give away some of our own possessions in order to be healthy. Wealth that is hoarded always corrupts those who possess it. Any gift that is not shared turns sour. If we are not generous with our gifts we will be bitterly envied and will eventually turn bitter and envious ourselves.

16/11/2019 · Lascia un commento

Feeding off Life’s Sacred Fire

A healthy spirituality needs to be predicated on a proper understanding of God, ourselves, the world, and the energies that drive our world. These are the non-negotiable Christian principles within which we need to understand ourselves, the world, and the use of our energies.

15/11/2019 · Lascia un commento

Fear Masking Itself as Piety

It is easy to mistake piety for the genuine response that God wants of us, that is, to enter into a relationship of intimacy with Him and then try to help others have that same experience.

13/11/2019 · Lascia un commento

Always in a Hurry

Haste is our enemy. It puts us under stress, raises our blood pressure, makes us impatient, renders us more vulnerable to accidents and, most seriously of all, blinds us to the needs of others. Haste is normally not a virtue, irrespective of the goodness of the thing towards which we are hurrying.

11/11/2019 · Lascia un commento

Death Washes Things Clean

When I was a child, our family prayed for and I spontaneously associated “a happy death” with dying cradled in the loving arms of family and church, fully at peace with God and everyone around you.

03/11/2019 · Lascia un commento

The Heart of a Child

Unless you change and become like little children you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
(Reflections by Ron Rolheiser)

27/10/2019 · Lascia un commento

The Eucharist as Sacrifice

A sacrifice is any act of selflessness, of self-denial, which helps someone else. Ron Rolheiser, OMI THE EUCHARIST AS SACRIFICE As Christians, we believe that Jesus sacrificed his life for … Continua a leggere

20/10/2019 · Lascia un commento

A Primal Understanding of the Eucharist

In instituting the Eucharist at Last Supper, Jesus didn’t ask his disciples to understand what they were doing, he only asked them to faithfully celebrate it until he returned.

13/10/2019 · Lascia un commento

The saint whose life was ‘a history of failures’

John Henry Newman’s life can well be described as one of continual failures, if only because that was how he saw it. “All through life things happen to me which do not happen to others – I am the scapegoat,” he wrote.

12/10/2019 · Lascia un commento

An English Catholic hero: a very short biography of John Henry Newman

We celebrate the canonisation of one of the great theologians of the modern age this Sunday.
Theologian, scholar, educationalist, poet, novelist, convert, cardinal and blessed are some of the outstanding titles of John Henry Newman we can celebrate on the occasion of his canonisation in Rome next Sunday (October 13th).

10/10/2019 · Lascia un commento

African Witnesses: Blessed Pierre Claverie

He was assassinated on August 1, 1996, along with a Muslim friend, Mohamed Bouchikhi, who had made the choice to stay with him despite the risks. His death shocked not only Christians but also many Muslim Algerians who, at his funeral, said they had come to weep over a man who was also “their” bishop.

01/10/2019 · Lascia un commento

Pope Francis and Santa Teresita

Pope Francis has spoken on several occasions of his strong devotion to St. Thérèse of Lisieux — the Little Flower — as well as his habit of asking her for favors: favors, his former press secretary says, which have often come in the form little miracles.

01/10/2019 · Lascia un commento

Prayer as Seeking God’s Guidance

In Scripture, we see many examples of people who seek out God’s guidance in prayer, especially so when they are alone and afraid as they stand before some major upheaval or impending suffering in their lives.

29/09/2019 · Lascia un commento

Moral Progress and Regression

Christianity and the cross (which lies at its center) can be compared to a time-released moral-capsule that is dissolving slowly in history.

26/09/2019 · Lascia un commento

A Crisis of Imagination

Imagine yourself lying in bed some night having just had a very good time of prayer. You are flooded with strong, clear feelings and images about God. On that particular evening you have no faith doubts – you can feel the existence of God.

24/09/2019 · Lascia un commento

In Our Full Humanity

Daniel Berrigan once said: “Don’t travel with anyone who expects you to be interesting all the time!”

22/09/2019 · Lascia un commento

African Witnesses: Vivian Uchechi Ogu

The striking heroism in the story of Vivian is in the remarkable way in which she expressed her Christian faith, having extraordinary influence on the lives of others from the tender age of nine and the courage with which she put into practice what she had been preaching when the opportunity came at the age of fourteen, opting to be killed rather than to be defiled.

21/09/2019 · Lascia un commento

From Maintenance to Missionary

We need to become more deliberately, reflectively, and programmatically missionary within our own culture, to our own children. We need to send missionaries into secularity in the very same way as we once sent them off to faraway countries. The church in the secularized world needs a new kind of missionary.

20/09/2019 · Lascia un commento

African Witnesses: Uganda – Lukwiya Matthew

“I am ready for anything but, God willing, I should like to be the last one to die of Ebola”.

13/09/2019 · Lascia un commento

Affective Prayer

“You must try to pray so that, in your prayer, you open yourself in such a way that sometime – perhaps not today, but sometime – you are able to hear God say to you: ‘I love you!’…

08/09/2019 · Lascia un commento

African Witness: Bishop Ireneo Wien Dud

As a young priest, Bishop Dud had always been a kind hearted person, used to spending hours in prayer interceding for the people and reaching out to anyone calling on him. He lived the whole of his life loving people and struggling to keep the various pastoral agents together

07/09/2019 · Lascia un commento

How Stalin’s daughter became a Catholic

Her father ruled over a Communist Party and government that did its best to minimize religion’s role in people’s lives—or use it to advance communist ideology. In the long run, however, that temporal power was not stronger than the example of Stalin’s Georgian mother—Svetlana’s paternal grandmother.

06/09/2019 · Lascia un commento

RD.Congo: Beatification of twenty martyr missionaries on track

Fifty-seven years after their tragic deaths, the Roman Catholic Church of Congo has started the process of beatification of the twenty missionaries assassinated by government soldiers on the 1 January 1962.

05/09/2019 · Lascia un commento

Finding God in Community

“God is love,” Scripture says, “and whoever abides in love abides in God and God abides in him or her.” Reflections by Ron Rolheiser, OMI FINDING GOD IN COMMUNITY Too … Continua a leggere

01/09/2019 · Lascia un commento

Working too Hard

It is hard not to be over-busy and consumed by work, particularly during our generative years when the duties of raising children, paying mortgages, and running our churches and civic organizations falls more squarely on our shoulders…

20/08/2019 · Lascia un commento

African Witness: South Africa – Archbishop Denis Hurley

As Chairperson of the Southern African Bishops Conference, he denounced the Apartheid system as “intrinsically evil”.

18/08/2019 · Lascia un commento

How to… Understand the Assumption

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary has always been a teaching within the tradition of the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church, which refers to it as the Dormition.

12/08/2019 · Lascia un commento

Half of US Catholics think the Eucharist is only symbolic. How did this happen?

A great divide has opened between those who believe in a revealed religion, and those who believe it is all a symbol.

11/08/2019 · Lascia un commento

Searching for God among many voices

God’s voice is inside of many things that are not explicitly connected to faith and religion, just as God’s voice is also not in everything that masquerades as religious.

06/08/2019 · Lascia un commento

African Witnesses: Simon Mpecke

He was born in 1906 in Log Batombé, in Cameroon. In 1914, at age 8, Mpecke attended the elementary school of the Catholic mission in Édéa. It was a mission opened by the Pallottine order during the period German colonisation.

29/07/2019 · Lascia un commento

Our Deepest Insecurity

Why don’t we live happier lives? Why are we forever caught up in frustrations, tensions, angers, and resentments?
Reflections by Ron Rolheiser, OMI

23/07/2019 · Lascia un commento

Longing, Desire and the Face of God

“Like a deer yearns for flowing streams, so my soul yearns for you my God.” “My soul keeps vigil for you in the night.” Reflections by Ron Rolheiser, OMI LONGING, … Continua a leggere

17/07/2019 · Lascia un commento

African Witnesses: Lucien Botovasoa

Lucien Botovasoa was born in 1908 in Vohipeno, a small village in the Diocese of Farafangana, on the south-eastern coast of Madagascar, more than one thousand kilometres from the nation’s capital. His parents were poor farmers, like many others in this region, always struggling with weather-related risks.

15/07/2019 · Lascia un commento

Laughter as Faith

During my seminary studies, I read a book by Peter Berger entitled, A Rumor of Angels, in which he tries to point to various places within our everyday experience where, he submits, we have intimations of the divine, rumors of angels, hints that ordinary experience contains more than just the ordinary, that God is there.

14/07/2019 · Lascia un commento

African Witness. Blessed Cyprian Michael Tansi

Forty years ago, Father Tansi concluded his pilgrimage here on earth. The legacy of this outstanding Nigerian priest and monk challenges the Church to be ever more faithful to its identity and mission.

12/07/2019 · Lascia un commento

Struggling with Being Blessed

Deep down, all of us know we’re special, that we’re not just accidental, meaningless little chips of energy falling off the conveyor belt of cosmic evolution, indistinguishable from billions of others.

07/07/2019 · Lascia un commento

African Witness: Blessed Benedict Daswa

Pope Francis, in his decree of beatification, described Benedict as a “diligent catechist, a thoughtful teacher, a witness of the Gospel to the point of shedding his own blood.”

30/06/2019 · Lascia un commento

African Witnesses: St. Josephine Bakhita

Nine-year-old Bakhita (c. 1869-1947), playing in the fields near her home in Sudan, was captured by slave traders. She had been warned by her parents to be careful, since her older sister earlier had been captured and enslaved.

28/06/2019 · Lascia un commento

Witnesses of Africa: Isidore Bakanja – A life without compromises

Isidore Bakanja, a young man from Congo, died as a martyr at the hands of a hate-filled atheist colonialist. The testimonies of many of his compatriots make it clear that he died for being a Christian. Although he knew that his boss resented Christians, Bakanja insisted on wearing a scapular and saying the rosary in his free time.

23/06/2019 · Lascia un commento

The Eucharist as a Call to Justice

When the famous historian Christopher Dawson decided to become a Roman Catholic, his aristocratic mother was distressed, not because she had any aversion to Catholic dogma, but because now her son would, in her words, have to “worship with the help”.

18/06/2019 · Lascia un commento

Introverts and Extroverts and the Spiritual Journey

The Christian spiritual tradition has always emphasized both silence and community are important, though rarely at the same time.

14/06/2019 · Lascia un commento

Pentecost: a need for our lives

Pentecost in not an abstract mystery. We are asked to accept the spirit of our actual lives. When we do this, then we no longer belittle our own lives but know that even with all our inferiorities and frustrations, we are something.

08/06/2019 · Lascia un commento

God’nature – exuberance or the cross?

If you want to know that God is like, look at the natural exuberance of children, look at the exuberance of a young puppy, or look at the robust, playful energy of young people. And to see God’s prodigal character, we might look at billions and billions of stars that surround us… Then what about the Cross?

05/06/2019 · Lascia un commento

To live in the light

What does it mean to live in the light? To live in the light means to live in honesty, pure and simple, to be transparent, to not have part of us hidden as a dark secret.

02/06/2019 · Lascia un commento

Being present to God and life

Augustine had been searching for love and God and he eventually found them in the most unexpected of all places, inside of himself. God and love had been inside of … Continua a leggere

21/05/2019 · Lascia un commento

OGF 5/2019 (2) A eucharistic prayer over an awakening world

On the Feast of the Transfiguration in 1923, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin found himself alone at sunrise in the Ordos desert in China, watching the sun spread its orange and red light across the horizon.  He was deeply moved, humanly and religiously. What he most wanted to do in response was to celebrate mass, to somehow consecrate the whole world to God.

18/05/2019 · Lascia un commento

OGF 5/2019 (1) There are three different kinds of spirituality. We need them all

Where should we be casting our eyes? Upward, downward, or just on the road that we’re walking? Well, there are different kinds of spiritualities: spiritualities of the Ascent, Spiritualities of the Descent and Spiritualities of Maintenance, and each is important.

18/05/2019 · Lascia un commento

The Monastery of Debre Libanos

From its very foundation, Debre Libanos grew in prestige and power until it surpassed all the other monasteries, thanks in the first place to the personality of its founder, Tekle Haimanot, but also to the permanent support of political power. It is still today at the head of the monastic life in Ethiopia.

28/04/2019 · Lascia un commento

Wednesday, Meditation III: Betrayal

Here then is Judas, the balancer of the books, the “hander over” of Christ to his Passion, the tragic man of despair. Look on him. For this is Judas’s night. And so it is also our night, the night of misplaced desire for control, the night of misguided despair of mercy, which only God’s Son can cure and heal. 

15/04/2019 · Lascia un commento

  • 342.059 visite
Follow COMBONIANUM – Spiritualità e Missione on WordPress.com

Inserisci il tuo indirizzo email per seguire questo blog e ricevere notifiche di nuovi messaggi via e-mail.

Segui assieme ad altri 749 follower

San Daniele Comboni (1831-1881)

COMBONIANUM

Combonianum è stata una pubblicazione interna nata tra gli studenti comboniani nel 1935. Ho voluto far rivivere questo titolo, ricco di storia e di patrimonio carismatico.
Sono un comboniano affetto da Sla. Ho aperto e continuo a curare questo blog (tramite il puntatore oculare), animato dal desiderio di rimanere in contatto con la vita del mondo e della Chiesa, e di proseguire così il mio piccolo servizio alla missione.
Pereira Manuel João (MJ)
combonianum@gmail.com

Disclaimer

Questo blog non rappresenta una testata giornalistica. Immagini, foto e testi sono spesso scaricati da Internet, pertanto chi si ritenesse leso nel diritto d’autore potrà contattare il curatore del blog, che provvederà all’immediata rimozione del materiale oggetto di controversia. Grazie.

Categorie