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by José Antonio Pagola (English translation by Rebel Girl)
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December 28, 2014
Luke 2:22-40
Simeon is an endearing character. We almost always imagine him as an elderly priest in the temple, but the text says nothing about that. Simeon is a good man of the people who keeps in his heart the hope of one day seeing "the consolation" they so need. "Impelled by the Holy Spirit", he goes up to the temple at the moment when Mary, Joseph, and their boy Jesus, are coming in.
The encounter is moving. Simeon recognizes in the boy, whom that poor couple of pious Jews have brought with them, the Savior he has been waiting for for so many years. The man feels happy. In a bold and maternal gesture, he "takes the boy into his arms" with great love and caring. He blesses God and he blesses the parents. Certainly, the evangelist is presenting him as a model. This is how we are to receive the Savior.
But suddenly he addresses Mary and his face changes. His words bode nothing reassuring: "A sword will pierce your soul." The boy he is holding in his arms will be a "controversial flag" -- a source of conflict and confrontation. Jesus will make "some fall and others rise." Some will accept him and their lives will acquire new dignity -- their existence will be filled with light and hope. Others will reject him and their lives will go to waste -- the rejection of Jesus will be their ruin.
On taking a stand towards Jesus, "the attitude of many hearts will be clear." He will reveal what is deep down in people. The welcoming of this boy calls for a profound change. Jesus doesn't come to bring calm but to generate a painful and conflictive process of radical conversion.
It's always that way. Today too. A Church that takes its conversion to Jesus Christ seriously will never be a place of tranquility but of conflict. A more vital relationship with Jesus isn't possible without taking steps towards higher levels of truth. And this is always painful for everyone.
The closer we get to Jesus, the better we see our inconsistencies and deviations, what's true or false in our Christianity, the sin in our hearts and our structures, in our lives and in our theology.

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You make a difference as you support the Sisters


Thousands ask Pope Francis to remove unjust mandate against U.S. Sisters


Catholics came together in unprecedented fashion to support U.S. women religious. Over 17,500 signed petitions or sent letters to Pope Francis asking him to remove the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's unjust mandate against the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), an organization representing eighty percent of all US Catholic sisters.   

On Friday, Kate McElwee of the NunJustice Project delivered the signatures via the Swiss Guard, along with copies of Sr. Elizabeth Johnson's books (in Spanish) to Pope Francis.  She also delivered the signatures to Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, the curial office. 

Recently, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told L'Osservatore Romano in reference to the Vatican's highly criticized investigation of U.S. nuns, "above all we have to clarify that we are not misogynists, we don't want to gobble up a woman a day!"

"If the Vatican wanted to prove that they are not misogynists, they could start by removing the unjust mandate against the nuns," said Deborah Rose-Milavec, a coalition spokesperson. She continued, "we remain inspired by the sisters courage in engaging church leadership while remaining faithful to the integrity of their calling. We promise our support as they pursue their mission to those on the margins despite attempts at institutional, sexist bullying."

NunJustice representative Kate McElwee personally delivered the petitions to the Vatican on Friday, September 12, 2014, along with Spanish versions of Sr. Elizabeth Johnson's books, "Consider Jesus" and "Quest for the Living God"  "Catholics all over the world support LCWR in their commitment to stay at the table with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and address the unjust mandate it issued in 2012, " said McElwee.

In addition, an estimated 200 private prayer services were also held during LCWR's August 12-15 annual assembly. The campaign supporting LCWR and Sr. Elizabeth Johnson was sponsored by the NunJustice Project, a coalition of 15 U.S Catholic reform organizations. Johnson is the recipient of LCWR's 2014 Annual Leadership Award.

In 2012 the CDF issued a statement accusing LCWR of promoting "radical feminist themes" and "corporate dissent" and detailed its intent to control speakers at the sisters' annual assembly and to whom LCWR can present its annual leadership award. This past April Cardinal Gerhard Mueller harshly criticized LCWR and Sr. Elizabeth Johnson, singling her out for her scholarship

"At the close of their 2014 Assembly, LCWR sent a clear message: they are standing strong," said Ryan Hoffman, another coalition spokesperson. "We are especially inspired by Dr. Johnson's comments upon receiving LCWR's 2014 Outstanding Leadership Award:

"When the moral authority of the hierarchy is hemorrhaging due to financial scandals and many bishops who ... cover up sexual abuse of children, a cover up that continues in some quarters to this day, and thousands are drifting away from the church ... the waste of time on this investigation is unconscionable."  


"Elizabeth Johnson is right, said Rose-Milavec, "These committed, faithful women are serving the most disenfranchised among us. Women are making the radical dream of Jesus real in today's world. It is outrageous that their work and ministry are even being called into question. "


The Nun Justice Project is a grassroots movement supported by the following organizations: American Catholic Council, Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church, Call To Action, Catholics for Choice, CORPUS, DignityUSA, FutureChurch, New Ways Ministry, Quixote Center, RAPPORT (Renewing a Priestly People, Ordination Reconsidered Today), Voice of the Faithful, WATER: Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual, Women's Ordination Conference.

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6 septembre 2014 6 06 /09 /septembre /2014 16:36

Si vous ne connaissez pas ce blog et que vous lisez l’anglais, je vous le recommande :


Voici un article qui vient de paraitre :


He is among us by José Antonio Pagola (English translation by Rebel Girl) Buenas Noticias: Blog de Jose Antonio Pagola

Matthew 18:15-20
Although Jesus' words, recorded by Matthew, are very important for the life of the Christian communities, they rarely draw the attention of commentators and preachers. This is Jesus' promise: "Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." Jesus isn't thinking about massive celebrations like those in St. Peter's Square in Rome. Even though there are only two or three, there he is in their midst. It's not necessary for the hierarchy to be present; those who are gathered don't need to be many.

What's important is that "they are gathered," not dispersed or in confrontation -- that they aren't disparaging one another. The crucial thing is that they are gathering "in his name" -- that they are listening to his call, that they are identified with his plan for the kingdom of God. That Jesus is the center of their little group.

This real and living presence of Jesus is what must animate, guide and sustain the small communities of his followers. Jesus is the one who must inspire their prayers, their celebrations, projects and activities. That presence is the "secret" of every lively Christian community.

We Christians can't gather in our groups and communities today any which way -- out of habit, out of inertia, or to fulfill some religious obligation. We may be many or, perhaps, few. But what's important is that we gather in his name, drawn by him and his plan to make a more humane world.

We must reawaken awareness that we are Jesus' communities. We gather to hear his Gospel, to keep his memory alive, to be infected by his Spirit, to receive his joy and his peace within us, to proclaim his Good News.

The future of the Christian faith will depend in large part on what we Christians do in our specific communities in the coming decades. What Pope Francis can do in the Vatican isn't enough. Nor can we put our hope in the handful of priests who might be ordained in the coming years. Our only hope is Jesus Christ.

We are the ones who are to center our Christian communities on Jesus as the only force capable of regenerating our routine and worn out faith. The only one able to attract the men and women of today. The only one capable of engendering new faith in these times of unbelief. The renewal of the central bodies of the Church is urgent. The reform decrees, necessary. But nothing is as crucial as coming back radically to Jesus.



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To write à blog is a great adventure with some happy surprises. Here is one. I received a mail from a Maltese seminarist, a reader of my blog. He was interested by one of my articles and asked me if he could translate it into English for the news of his Seminar. Here is his translation and the introduction he wrote for it.


Faire un blog est une belle aventure avec d’heureuses surprises. En voici une. J’ai reçu un mail d’un séminariste maltais lecteur de mon blog ! Il avait été particulièrement intéressé par un des mes articles et m’a demandé s’il pouvait le traduire en anglais pour le journal de son Séminaire. Voici donc sa traduction et l’introduction qu’il a écrite.

Commence ainsi une nouvelle rubrique : let us read in English !


Praying with the Newspaper

Sr Michèle Jeunet rc

Is it possible to pray using an article or a page from the newspaper? Sr Michèle Jeunet, a Sister from the religious

Order of the Cenacle, shares her reflections on the subject in a fresh yet simple way. The article is adapted from her

blog, http://aubonheurdedieu-soeurmichele.over-blog.com/ where she also shares excerpts from her Masters Dissertation

on Mulieris dignitatem, among other interesting articles and reflections.



To pray using current affairs as the starting point is primarily a form of intercessory prayer. It entails entering the project of God, he who wants us to experience joy and life in all its fullness. Through our intercession, God fights against the forces of destruction. Prayers of intercession can therefore be seen as a fight against evil.

He or she who prays, is never alone, but rather prays together with others. Most important of all however, he or she fights under the banner of Christ, the unique intercessor, he who is the winner over evil. I find it interesting to understand intercession as a

wrestle fought next to Christ, together with him, understanding

that our intercessory prayer participates in his struggle and victory.

Therefore, as far as current affairs are concerned, there is usually enough prayer material (quite regretfully!) since the press is often more interested in what is going wrong in the world rather than what is good and positive.

If you read a newspaper which does not limit itself to giving an account of the noise of forest fires but also turns one’s attention to the silence of trees growing in the wilderness, then there is also enough material for prayer of thanksgiving.

In this respect, certain newspapers (such as La Croix), can be very useful, since they often carry articles about persons and initiatives working in the spirit of Christ (whether they are believers or not). Hence another point – giving thanks for all efforts leading towards the beautiful, the true, the good, which some newspapers give account of.

The relevance of praying using the newspaper

Praying using the newspaper is relevant for main three reasons:

It makes us reach out of ourselves, displaces us from the centre, and make us live a grace which St Therese Couderc (1805-1885, co-founder of the Sisters of the Cenacle) can share with us, she who often said, “My heart is as big as the world.”

 It can introduce us into real contemplation. Reading the newspaper, as would praying while crossing a busy road, during a stroll in the countryside, can lead us towards a contemplation of the works of God. It brings to my attention the life of this world, in the wide sense of the word, to admire its beauty and its pains, listening intently to its joys and hopes, thus rendering me attentive to God who is creator and saviour of this world. In other words, I become interested in what interests God. The best way to praise an artist is, in fact, to take interest in his work.

 It is an act of faith, which helps develops within us four


An attitude of astonishment before the world, about which St

Augustine says that it is the first Bible. God is the author, he

communicates with us through his creation and speaks of himself through it. Therefore to pray using current affairs is to allow oneself to be astonished that the World exists, rather than nothing. It is to recognise that God is the source and foundation of all existence, not simply a creator of the past, but from the beginning until ever, the source of being as it he is also today.

An outlook of faith which sees, in this world, a world in the pains of childbirth: that of salvation, a world saved once and for all by the incarnation, death and resurrection of Christ. It is also to see salvation like a seed sown into the earth, yeast in the dough. It is standing before the world, like a hopeful person who keeps watch during the night, who is able to observe that which is born, that which is transformed, in the direction of the Kingdom of God.

A contemplative outlook which is able to recognise the mysteries

of Christ: to see in the life of this world annunciations, births, arrests, trials and condemnations, insults and abuses, deaths, resurrections, ascensions, pentecosts, assumptions and glorious crownings. To be able to discern this is to be able to just about draw out the consequences of incarnation.

Following the Incarnation, we now know that nothing of what is human is foreign to God: all that is human is a face of God.

A stronger desire for apostolate to make Jesus Christ known

and loved, so that his Kingdom may come in this world, so

beautiful and yet, often, so wounded.


Traduit  par Carlo Calleja Mercieca

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