Del Espíritu Santo en la teología a la teología del Espíritu Santo. Hacia una teología en y con el Espíritu Santo
Fidalgo / 29 Maggio 2020

      La experiencia de vivir según el espíritu de familia, de una época, de un grupo o comunidad es significativa y, en gran parte, determinante para nuestras existencias. Vivir dentro de ese hálito fundamental nos da sentido de pertenencia y nos ofrece ciertas seguridades. Sentirse parte de una cultura, dejar que su espíritu llene nuestras acciones y comportamientos, gustos, poesías y canciones, elecciones cotidianas que les dan sabor y sentido al diario vivir, eso sí que es respirar y dejarse llevar por algo más que una mera programación o impulso instintivo. Así pues, hacemos la experiencia de realizarnos en y con ese elemento, que no es fácilmente conceptulizable, pues es algo que sin más se le percibe, se lo vive, se siente su presencia y atracción, se disfruta su gusto, se valora su fuerza y se celebra su carga identitaria. Podríamos darle miles de nombres, con lo cual explicaríamos mucho, si bien sería mucho más lo que se nos escaparía de tales clasificaciones, porque la experiencia es más desbordante que la precisión de los conceptos. Algo así ha ocurrido con el Espíritu Santo, ese gran olvidado/desconocido, que sin embrago nunca ha estado ciertamente ausente. Lo que ha sucedido…

An Exemplar for these days: The Man Born Blind
Keenan / 22 Maggio 2020

    The Gospel reading of the Man born blind is easily my favorite Scriptural text (John 9. 1-41). Notice how it starts without the man asking for anything.  Instead, while his disciples are wondering why the man is born blind, Jesus puts mud on the poor man’s eyes, and tells him to wash. The man returns cured. But that’s just the beginning of the story. In the meantime, Jesus exits. The leaders want to know how did this man get cured.  Here’s where things get dicey for the man. By the end of the story, his frightened parents distance themselves from him and the temple leaders expel him.  He’s off on his own. Throughout the text, he’s incredibly impressive, testifying on his own, on each occasion, with greater confidence about who Jesus is and what Jesus has done for him.  By the end he has grown in such courage, wisdom, and faith that he turns the tables and begins to question those questioning him.  It’s a tour-de-force for the man born blind. But he gets thrown out of the Temple. Finally Jesus returns, having learned that the man born blind has been expelled.  He finds the man and reveals…

IL DIO VIRUS!?
Donato / 15 Maggio 2020

    Forte originale: In cammino con san Gerardo, Il mensile della Famiglia Redentorista, maggio 2020 IL DIO VIRUS!?   «Io sono Covid-19!», qualche giorno fa tra le tantissime notifiche e messaggi divertenti, dissacranti e a volte preoccupanti che continuano ad animare il cellulare, sono emersi anche alcuni video nei quali il noto (purtroppo) coronavirus “prende” addirittura la “parola”. Al microrganismo, bisognoso di attaccarsi ad una cellula per poter vivere e riprodursi, è data “voce” e “identità”… il “potere” d’imporsi come un vendicatore nelle nostre vite, di poterle giudicare, e di ergersi a maestro sino a minacciare un possibile e apocalittico suo ritorno nel momento in cui l’umanità solo provasse a dimenticare ciò che a suo dire è venuto ad insegnare! Da credente mi viene alquanto difficile dare tanto potere a “qualcosa” sapendo di aver incontrato “Qualcuno” che quotidianamente si rende presente con la sua vita da Risorto nella mia vita chiamata a realizzarsi nella libertà (cf. ChV, 113; 122). Quello di Dio «è un amore “che non si impone e non schiaccia, un amore che non emargina e non mette a tacere e non tace, un amore che non umilia e non soggioga». È un amore «discreto e rispettoso,…

Corona and the Crown of Thorns (II part)
Kennedy / 8 Maggio 2020

      God is always with his People and accompanies and consoles them in every crisis.  Here in Australia Catholic hospitals have rightly joined the government’s effort for the whole health system, government and non-government, to confront the menace.  Some thousands more beds are available for patients. Bishops as Chief Priests have to be at the head of the flock at this time.  The virus took society by surprise and Church leaders did not have the chance to elaborate policy beforehand and to call parish communities together to prepare for the difficulties ahead.   Like society at large Church activities have largely shifted to the net.   Thus prayer, meditation and educational programs can transfer well to social media.  Charity and help for the most vulnerable can be organised efficiently on the net so that no one is abandoned or goes without. For Archbishop Peter Comensoli of Melbourne this crisis is a call for us to commit ourselves more deeply to the Church’s mission to evangelise.  For years the Church had sought ways to reach out to families.   Now parents are cast into the front line in the education and instruction of their children.  Modern communication media are a golden opportunity…