June 2002
 

CONTENTS

June 2002

'A close sharing between friends'
The Editor

Donald Goergen OP

Why is the contemplative dimension so important in Christianity? Donald Goergen, an American Dominican theologian and author of many books, describes how he felt the need after many years of active ministry to set up an ashram to give priority to contemplation. Everyone is called to contemplation. In our Western frenzied way of life contemplation ‘is giving the human spirit a chance to breathe’.

The contemplative parish
Laurence Freeman OSB

Laurence Freeman is a Benedictine monk of the monastery of Christ the King, Cockfosters, London, and the Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation. here he stresses the key role contemplation can play in regerating parishes, so that the contemplative parish might become 'an alluring sign of spiritual vigour and courage'. His most recent book is Jesus: The Teacher Within.

Seeing is believing
Gemma Simonds IBVM

Paintings, rather than words, can often help us to recognise God's presence in our lives. Gemma Simmonds, who is a member of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and now doing doctoral research at cambridge, shows how the work of the German artist, Sieger Köder, 'faces us ith the fundamental truths of the human heart and its response to God'.

An archdiocese called to prayer
Eileen Rogan

We may talk a lot about prayer, but how do we educate the Church to pra? Eileen Rogan, who is head teacher of St Thomas Aquinas Primary School in Stoke-on-Trent, describes how the Archdiocese of Birmingham planned a programme of prayer entitled 'Walk with Me' for all its people and then how it worked out in her own school. As a child commented, 'I loved the prayer you made. I think it will have changed the way our diocese looks at God.'

Learning from Taizé
Michael Evans

How can young people be offered an experience of prayer? Michael Evans, parish priest of St Augustine's, Turnbridge Wells, describes the appeal of the ecumenical community of Taizé for young people. But he warns that if you encourage them to go 'many will come back enthused in a way which we may find challenging for our own parishes, chaplaincies and schools'.

Preaching and teaching the Word
Sean Connoly

Sean Connoly is a priest of The Diocese of East Anglia, currently doing postgraduate studies in Oxford. here he offers his reflections on the lectionary readings for the Sundays of July.

PASTORALIA - Forming a house of prayer
Agatha McEvoy OSF

The story of the founding of the House of Prayer in the Brenwood Diocese is told by Sr Agatha, a Franciscan sister whose vision it was. She also shares her hopes for the future of the House and of a new lay community which one day may be formed to take it forward.


Books

   REVIEWED BY CHRISTOPHER JAMISON OSB
Information Technology and Cyberspace: extra-connected living
David Pullinger
Darton, Longman and Todd, £8.95
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   REVIEWED BY MARK A. O'BRIEN OP
The Comedy of Revelation: paradise lost and paradise regained in biblical narrative
Francesca Aran Murphy
T & T Clark, £29.95
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   REVIEWED BY MARGARET HARRIS
Diocesan Dispositions and Parish Voices in the Roman Catholic Church
edited by Noel Timms
Matthew James Publishing, £10.95
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   REVIEWED BY DAN TIPP
The Spirituality of the Celtic Saints
Richard J. Woods OP
Orbis Books, £16.00
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