April 2003
 

CONTENTS

April 2003

‘In him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell’
EDITORIAL

The experience of the resurrection
John Hemer MHM

The temptation is always to fit the resurrection of Christ into our comfortable thought-world. John Hemer, who lectures in Scripture at the Missionary Institute in London, reminds us that ‘The whole point of Christianity is allowing ourselves to be drawn into his world.’

Ruth Burrows O Carm

We may think that the real Easter experience of prayer is that of the resurrection. Ruth Burrows (Sr Rachel of the Quidenham Carmel), author of many books on prayer, shows how the dying part is equally important: ‘The dying and the rising are simultaneous in this life.’

RCIA as an Easter experience
Mark Vickers

Mark Vickers was recently ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Westminister. Here he describes how he helped to guide a group of candidates through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults in a London parish. ‘All of us were united in recognising the absolutely crucial element of living through the liturgy of Holy Week and the Triduum.’

Seeing the risen Christ
John Baggley

Great art can help us enter into the experience of Easter. John Baggley is parish priest of Corpus Christi, Headington, Oxford, and author of several books on icons. Here he describes the beautiful Anastasis fresco in the Church of the Saviour in Chora, Constantinople, and then offers ‘some suggestions for contemplative reflection’ .

An Eastern Church celebrates!
Robin Gibbons

‘Christ is risen!’ ‘He is risen indeed’ – this is the greeting given to each other by members of the Greek-Catholic Melkite tradition at Easter. Robin Gibbons, who is a senior lecturer in theology at St Mary’s College, Twickenham, and also assistant parish priest for the Melkite Greek-Catholic parish of St John Chrysostom in London, describes the celebration of Holy Pascha in this little-known form of Catholicism.

The paschal mystery in our lives
Michael Liston CSSp

Michael Liston is an Irish Spiritan who has worked for the past 17 years among the Marwari Bhils in South Punjab, Pakistan, close to the Indian border. Here he reflects on the sacrifical nature both of Christ’s death on the cross, and of the mission of the Christian. ‘We sense that in Jesus, God does not necessarily save us from suffering, but in and through suffering.’

Preaching and teaching the Word
Tony Philpot

Tony Philpot is Spiritual Director at the English College in Rome. Here he offers some reflections on the lectionary readings for the Sundays and solemnities in May.

PASTORALIA - Praying the new mysteries of light
Greg Crowhurst

Last year Pope John Paul II introduced a new set of mysteries in the traditional prayer of the rosary. While widely welcomed, they have not yet embedded themselves in the community’s prayer life. Here Greg Crowhurst, a nurse from Norfolk, shares his reflections on the new mysteries of light as a way of encouraging their more widespread use.


Books

   REVIEWED BY SEAN CONNOLLY
Awesome God: creation, commitment and joy
Sara Maitland
SPCK, £9.99
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   REVIEWED BY SEAN CONNOLLY
The Mystery of Reason
Paul Haffner
Gracewing, £14.99
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   REVIEWED BY SEAN CONNOLLY
Crossing: reclaiming the landscape of our lives
Mark Barrett
Darton, Longman and Todd, £8.95
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   REVIEWED BY GEORGE GIACINTO GIARCHI
The New Dictionary of Pastoral Studies
edited by W. Carr, D. Capps, A. Obholzer, R. Page, D. van Deusen Hunsinger & R. Williams
SPCK, £35
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   REVIEWED BY NICHOLAS PETER HARVEY
Blood on the Esmeralda: the life and death of Fr Michael Woodward
Edward Crouzet
Downside Abbey Books, £10
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