Vol. 11 No. 4 APRIL 1997
Seeking the face of Christ today
How does Jesus save us?
Luke Timothy Johnson
The Saviour of the world
Dermot A. Lane
'One of the most urgent tasks facing Christian theology is to retreive the experience of Jesus as Saviour in a way that addresses the needs of women and men at the end of the second millennium.' Dermot Lane, President of Mater Dei Institute of Education and Parish Priest of Balally, Dublin, approaches this task by reviewing some of the theologies of salvation of the past and then proposing some new approaches.
Salvation in literature
We can so often hear the word salvation in strictly theological context that its meaning is dulled. Lucy Beckett, who teaches at Ampleforth Abbey and is a writer and poet, examines some literature to discover how salvation is experienced there. 'We should allow the great poems of salvation to help us pray and be grateful sometimes ...that "the book in our hands knows what we are feeling and gives us its support and confirmation".'
Sign, sacrament, salvation
Bruce Harbert, a priest of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton, lectures in patristics and dogmatic theology at St Mary's College, Oscott, and lives in the parish of St Anne, Streetly. In this article he explores salvation, sign and sacrament, inviting us to view the liturgy 'as communication to the Church of God's salvation'.
No instant cures
'Jesus saves', but not instantly. Margaret Fraser who is the Catholic Chaplain at the University of Bristol, reflects upon her pastoral experience working especially among students and concludes that 'We must emphasise the value of the present in our lives and the need to persevere, wherever we find ourselves. Salvation in Christ does not mean an instant cure.'
The general practice of healing
Salvation is healing. How does it work out in the working life of a professional healer? Richard Dreaper was a family doctor in Winchester for forty years apart from a few years spent in a mission hospital in Tanzania. Here he reflects on the interplay of physical and spiritual healing which is involved in salvation.
Preaching and teaching the word
Mgr Paul Hypher, who is parish priest at Our Lady Immaculate and St Etheldreda in Newmarket, Suffolk, offers a commentary on the readings of Sundays and Solemnities for the month of May.
Tribute to Michael Richards
Canon Michael Richards, parish priest, theologian, writer and editor died on 27 February. Michael was editor of the Clergy Review, which became Priests & People, for almost nineteen years. In the last few years I met Michael regularly at Cambridge or Buckden and greatly appreciated our conversations and the articles he continued to write for us. We pray for him now and offer this tribute which begins with one of his editorials from 1978. Then Roderick Strange, who is the chairman of the National Conference of Priests recognises Michael's contribution to this journal and finally we publish for the first time his final review for us. (Ed.)
Postscript: Casual Intercommunion
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