Published Date : 2022-12-14
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Jacques Maritain: 50 years after his death

By: Giovanni Cucci, SJ

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the death of philosopher Jacques Maritain. A leading exponent of contemporary French philosophy and neo-Thomism, his existential and intellectual contribution was extremely rich in many respects, as evidenced by his breadth of interests, activities and research in many fields (academic, political, ecclesiastical) and, above all, his extensive publications .[1] Some biographical notes Jacques Maritain was born in Paris on November 18, 1882, and graduated first in philosophy and then in natural sciences. During...

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The Solemn Opening of Vatican II

By: Giancarlo Pani SJ

A recent volume by Alberto Melloni recounts the solemn opening of Vatican II through the two speeches the pope made on that occasion: the first, in the morning, in St. Peter’s Basilica, entitled Gaudet Mater Ecclesia, to the Council assembly and ecumenical observers; the other, in the evening, which has gone down in history as the “Discourse of the Moon,” to the faithful present at the torchlight procession in St. Peter’s Square.[1] Although they are two different speeches – the...

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Women Speaking in the Bible

By: Roland Meynet, SJ

The stories about our origins are sometimes quite shocking. When the Lord God presents man with the woman he has just taken from his side, Adam exclaims, playing on the words, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. / She shall be called ‘woman’ (‘iššâ), for she was taken out of man (‘îš)” (Gen 2:23). The reader shares Adam’s amazement that he has finally found “help to match him.” However, this first reaction cannot sustain...

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One Year of the War in Ukraine

By: Giovanni Sale, SJ

On February 24, 2022, when the so-called “special military operation” to “demilitarize and denazify” Ukraine began, Putin hoped to conquer the “brother” country in 10 days, even attacking the capital, Kyiv. He thought Ukrainians would welcome Russian soldiers, who came from the most disparate regions of the old Empire, as liberators. This was a prediction that soon proved to be completely unfounded: the Ukrainians put up heroic resistance to the Russian invaders, even in regions where Russian speakers were in...

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Embracing the Spirit: Louis Lallemant

By: André Brouillette, SJ

The presence and action of the Spirit has long been a source of hope and suspicion. Prophets, mystics, and charismatics have been hailed as saints or decried as heretics because of the newness, creativity, and inspiration that the Spirit brings. As the sequence Veni Sancte Spiritus reminds us, the Spirit is the one the faithful pray  to “come,” to be present in the hearts of believers  to transform them. The foundational text of Ignatian spirituality, the Spiritual Exercises of St....

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Isaac and Ishmael, two brothers, so close and so distant

By: Vincenzo Anselmo, SJ

God’s promise to Abram The Abram cycle begins with a description of a family of nomads migrating to Mesopotamia a few millennia ago. Terah has three sons: Abram, Nahor, and Haran. We have no details about the relationship between these brothers, but we do know that Haran dies while his father is still alive. In addition, Sarai, Abram’s wife, cannot have children. A few brushstrokes capture the traumas and dramas of a family that emigrates to a new land with...

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