Published Date : 2020-06-15
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A Time of Leprosy: Contagion and healing in the Bible

By: Pino Stancari, SJ

Falling into impurity Leprosy, like all diseases, marks the partial fall of a sick person into the sphere of impurity. The “impure” is the most elementary form of what Israel perceives as abominable to the Lord, because it contradicts life. While it awaits with hope that God’s “holiness” will finally come to encompass all profane impurity in the glory of God’s presence, Israel fears the threatening pressure of a deep evil that invades the world and penetrates even the innermost...

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Popular Theology and Communication

By: Paul A. Soukup, SJ

Lynn Schofield Clark’s study, From Angels to Aliens, explores how teens seek and explore spiritual and religious identities, often drawing on narratives, images and characters from popular culture, i.e. those artistic expressions of various kinds that have had mass diffusion since the second half of the 20th century.[1] The teenage years, perhaps more than other moments in our lives, mark a time of exploration of identity and a time of finding oneself within peer groups. Clark noted how teens drew...

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China’s Great Catholic Educator, Ma Xiangbo and The Jesuits

By: You Guo Jiang, SJ

The context Ma Xiangbo was born on April 17, 1840, into a wealthy Catholic family in Dantu County, Jiangsu Province. He was baptized when he was one month old and grew up in a strict tradition of the Catholic faith. He was also educated in the Chinese classics in traditional private schools. At the age of 12, Ma visited his married sister in Shanghai and was amazed at the level of development of the city. He asked to stay in...

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The Global Economic Crisis

By: Fernando de la Iglesia Viguiristi SJ

Since last December, a new coronavirus, Covid-19, has been putting our lives at risk. At the same time, it has paralyzed most of our productive systems, whose survival is now under threat. This unprecedented health emergency has triggered a very serious economic crisis, the depth of which will be determined by the duration of the pandemic. A deep and rapid recession Given the non-negotiable priority of human life, it is undeniable that defeating the pandemic comes first. The challenge we...

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Is the Virus a Punishment from God?

By: David Neuhaus, SJ

“'When evening had come' (Mk 4:35). The Gospel passage we have just heard begins like this. For weeks now it has been evening. Thick darkness has gathered over our squares, our streets and our cities; it has taken over our lives, filling everything with a deafening silence and a distressing void, that stops everything as it passes by; we feel it in the air, we notice in people’s gestures, their glances give them away. We find ourselves afraid and lost....

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Revisiting the Common Good in the Digital Age

By: Julio L. Martínez, SJ

The Fourth Industrial Revolution in Full Flow In this epochal change that we characterize as the “digital revolution,” not only digital technologies but also physical and biological technologies all converge. This contributes to a cultural transformation of enormous moment. Our ways of life, work and relationships are changing. The processes underway – let alone their dizzying speed – are probably without parallel in those of other eras. Not that there were fewer problems before, but there were more certainties and...

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