The land in which Jesus was born, the Roman province of Judaea, was part of the Roman Empire ruled by the emperor Tiberius. It was in this historical setting that the first communities of Christians had to find their way.
The Plenary Council – the Spirit inspires but we must act on this inspiration Nimmi Candappa, a member of the Plenary Council from Melbourne, explores the challenge of discernment of the Spirit explaining that it must be bold and courageous. When I was younger, I appeared to have a knack at finding things and
Catholicism “must grow up”, reform leader tells big Australian audience Catholics want a reformed Church Catholic reform leader, Sr Joan Chittister OSB, has boosted the calls for change in the Australian Catholic church in an inspiring address to a 3,000-strong audience. Sr Joan, an American Benedictine writer and spiritual leader drew an enthusiastic response for
Was her “yes” so unconventional. Betrothed already to Joseph, a family must have been on the agenda. Young. Yes. Unconventional age for betrothal in her time? No. I wonder about the outcome if she or Joseph had said “no”. For me, the first real dangerous, unconventional thing Mary did was to undertake her journey to
Recently I stumbled upon a book by an English researcher, Nicola Slee, who has some great insights into women’s faith/spiritual development. She speaks of ‘faithing’, considering this term more suitable to describe the dynamic and active process of meaning-making which is part of spiritual development. Slee gathered these ideas through interviewing women so it is
We live in a world where truth is frequently distorted and lost; women are especially vulnerable to false perceptions of who they are, how they should act, and what they can do. The narrative of the Samaritan woman (John 4:1-42, NRSV) reveals the importance of truth and revelation in recognising and living out authentic identity.