THE BEAUTY OF THE CROSS

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Published Date : 2022-07-12
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Peace is a Narrow Path

By: La Civiltà Cattolica

Every war is a defeat of peace. Every war is pain, suffering and death. In every war, peace is a complex journey of reconstruction. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has awakened from their torpor European countries accustomed to the idea that war was someone else’s problem. The world is, in fact, troubled by numerous conflicts, mostly in Africa and Asia, but virtually all continents are affected (see The armed conflict location and event data project, in https://acleddata.com). The map shows the...

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God, the Artist and the Creative Spirit

By: Georg Maria Roers, SJ

Whoever opens the Bible at the beginning is immediately confronted with primordial creation: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen 1:1). The creator of all things not only made the earth, but even thought of the entire cosmos. Before the world came into being, there was “madness and chaos,” according to Martin Buber’s translation of the Hebrew expression tohu wa-bohu. One would think, therefore, that everything that came afterward could well be well-ordered and understandable. Whoever...

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Llegaron de noche, “They Came at Night”

By: Cristiano Laino, SJ

Llegaron de noche tells the story of Lucia, played by an extraordinary Juana Acosta. Directed by Hispanic-Salvadoran Imanol Uribe, the movie was released in March 2022. The year is 1989. Lucia works as a cleaner at Universidad Centroamericana, the Jesuit university in El Salvador. It was a time of civil war, death squads, with the military in conflict with rebels and terrorists. Lucia asks the fathers for refuge. War is gripping the capital, and the country is not safe. One...

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The Heart of Christ in the Liturgy

By: Enrico Cattaneo, SJ

The new edition of the Roman Missal, has been adopted by all the Italian dioceses, with the exception of  Milan, which follows its own rite.[1] It contains numerous prayer texts on the theme of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Above all is the Mass for the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Friday after the Second Sunday after Pentecost.[2] Then there is the Votive Mass of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, and finally there are three...

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Meditations for Lute

By: Claudio Zonta SJ

Meditations. Les quatre saisons du luth, the latest recording of lutenist Simone Vallerotonda, is a complex album consisting of four suites, each associated with a different tonality and season. The suites are associated with the four moods of the spirit, each of which is united with the four essential elements of the humors and seasons: winter – melancholic (earth) in A minor; summer – choleric (fire) in G minor; autumn – phlegmatic (water) in D minor; spring – sanguine (air)...

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The Beauty Of The Cross

By: Andrea Dall'Asta, SJ

The cross: archetypal symbol The cross[1] is a simple geometric figure, made of two perpendicular lines at right angles. This shape, known to different civilizations, is an archetypal symbol that has always been interpreted as a “passage,” a mediation between Earth and sky, the finite and the infinite, contingent and eternal. The intersection of the two axes, the fifth “point” of the cross is considered at the same time the center of the circle and the center of the square,...

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