Latest edition of 'The Way' now available

Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ at prayer
Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ at prayer

The January 2016 edition of The Way has just been published, with a particular focus on prayer and those who pray.

Among the articles in this edition, James Menkhaus asks what lessons can be drawn from Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ’s experience, seven decades after Hiroshima was destroyed. Arrupe was Superior General of the Jesuits in the turbulent years immediately after the Second Vatican Council. Earlier in his Jesuit life, he had been novice master in Hiroshima when the first atomic bomb was dropped on that city in August 1945.

Finding time and space to pray can sometimes prove difficult; so The Way has turned to Matt Kappadakunel, a busy investment manager living in Los Angeles, to learn how he achieves it. His New Year reflection is the latest in the occasional Spirituality and Living strand. And the January edition of The Way also delves into the distant past by seeking some medieval advice.  Anne Mouron describes a late medieval text, The Desert of Religion, which offered the monks for whom it was originally intended a series of meditative illustrations alongside its poetic text, noting that, of the three Abrahamic faiths, Christianity has been most consistently content to use images as an aid to prayer. Her article suggests ways of incorporating such images into prayer in a way that has lost none of its relevance in the intervening centuries.

Elsewhere in this international journal of contemporary Christian spirituality, published by the Jesuits in Britain, Robert E. Doud considers Saints, the Church and Personal Prayer; Ambrose Mong argues that an Advaitic Approach to Religion can represent an important element in the relationship between Indian Christians and their Hindu neighbours; and Peter Wilcox draws on his work as a psychotherapist over the last three decades to explore how the experience of sorrow can help us live a more positive and fruitful life.

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