Religious Life

After the crowds have dispersed: St Peter's Basilica
Fr Jim Crampsey SJ attended the events in the Vatican to mark the end of the Year of Consecrated Life.  There is a passage which appears in the Synoptic Gospels in the context of the first sending out of the disciples which begins 'take no bag'. It is also a key scriptural passage in the Formula of the Institute of the Society of Jesus. Nevertheless the first task in the days for the closing of the Year of Consecrated Life was to collect a bag full of goodies. Tickets for this came with a...
Man praying
Well known for his insightful writing on spiritual matters, Ron Rolheiser generously shares his experience of being helped towards self-understanding by five people. Although he grew up in a loving, safe, and nurturing family and community, he says, one of the dominant memories of his childhood and teenage years is that of being restless and somehow discontented. “My life always seemed too small, too confined, a life away from what was important in the world. I was forever longing to be...
Dominican Friar praying the Rosary
Chastity and celibacy are often confused. Celibacy means single either by choice or circumstance. Chastity for the married means faithfulness; for celibates it means abstaining.One of the main goals of chastity is to love as many people as pos­sible as deeply as possible. That may seem strange to those used to defining chastity negatively - that is, as not having sex. But this has long been the tradition of the Church. Chastity is another way to love and, as such, has a great deal to teach...
Image of a flame by Wendy at flickr.com
‘The lusts of the flesh reveal the loneliness of the soul’ said Dag Hammarskjold, the former Secretary General of the United Nations. And this insight was more than just a theoretical one for Hammarskjold. He knew loneliness and unfulfilled desire. As more of his journals are being published in English, we are becoming more aware that Dag Hammarskjold was both a man of extraordinary moral integrity and extraordinary spiritual depth.  However, Rolheiser notes that not everything was whole in his...