An Exemplar for these days: The Man Born Blind
Keenan , Newsletter / 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…

Corona and the Crown of Thorns (I part)
Kennedy / 30 Aprile 2020

    As a seventy-seven- year old I am at high-risk from the Corona virus.  I would like to share some scattered reflections from my pastoral experience as a priest-moral theologian. Epidemics since antiquity have always spread along trade routes with even more swiftly and dramatically in an age of globalization.  Despite the devastation, humanity has learned to overcome and not to succumb.  When the Black Death stuck in 1349 it took nearly half of Sienna’s population, leaving the walls of its new cathedral standing ‘in mid-air”.  Today, still unfinished, they have been absorbed as part of the cathedral’s history.  Since the Spanish flu just after World War I four great influenza epidemics have swept the world.   By the 1970ies scientists had vaccines for many extremely contagious diseases and predicted that epidemics might be consigned to the past.  They were quickly disillusioned by the arrival of AIDS, Ebola, Saas and now the Corona virus.  In fact, specialists kept warning that a tremendous outbreak was not just possible but highly likely and that we were medically and psychologically unprepared. A remarkable fact emerged from the Ebola epidemic in North Africa in the 1990ies.  Cultural anthropologists discovered that a tribe had escaped…

Quando l’economia diventa profezia
Salutati / 21 Aprile 2020

      In questi giorni difficili di pandemia, di crisi economica, di radicali cambiamenti del nostro modo di vivere e lavorare, di dati allarmanti sulla recessione globale (Standard&Poor’s, Morgan Stanley), potrebbe essere grandemente utile rileggere Keynes. Non perché non ci siano autorevoli voci contemporanee che da tempo insistono sulla necessità di legare sviluppo economico e migliori equilibri sociali (Sen, Nussbaum, Stiglitz, Krugman, Fitoussi, Judt, Collier), ma per andare alla radice del miglior pensiero economico che ha guidato una delle più brillanti ed equilibrate stagioni di crescita economica e sociale, nel Novecento. Un suo saggio del 1926, La fine del Laissez Faire, indicava con straordinaria chiarezza la strada che avrebbe portato al Welfare State, alla forte ondata di investimenti pubblici nell’economia europea (con i fondi Usa del Piano Marshall) per fare ripartire l’Europa e dunque anche gli Usa creditori dopo i disastri della Seconda Guerra Mondiale, le strategie macro-economiche verso il Mercato Comune Europeo e i provvedimenti per migliorare salari, diritti dei lavoratori, sicurezza, consumi, qualità della vita e del lavoro. Un pensiero liberale e democratico, una economia mista, una costante ricerca di equilibrio tra intervento pubblico nell’economia, mercato, dinamismo dell’intraprendenza privata. Keynes ragiona in modo realistico e scientifico sulle…