Dose of Faith sponsored this month by Franciscan Mission Associates.
“Peace be with you,” Jesus says in the Gospel reading for Pentecost Sunday (Jn 20:19). Peace — as in harmony, or even as in a lack of noise — is not exactly plentiful these days. Certainly not in an election year, when cacophony seems to be the (dis)order of the day. In fact, the barrage of political rhetoric presents an ironic contrast to the first Scripture reading from Pentecost Sunday, from the Acts of the Apostles.Read More.
Commemorating the centenary of the birth of St. John Paul II, a number of key commentators used the occasion to do more than just remember and praise the late pope’s rich legacy. Many used it as an opportunity to appeal for a rediscovery of his faith, teachings and life in order to make them a part of today’s conversations and plans of action for now and the future. This year’s May 18 commemoration was, in essence, a call for the release of a JP2, 2.0. Pope Francis led the way by writing that his predecessor’s 84 years of life and 27-year-long pontificate left a “living legacy” to the church.Read More.
As the global number of refugees is at an all-time high of more than 70 million, the world has become a less welcoming place for many of them, said Jesuit Father David Hollenbach during a May 19 launch of his book “Humanity in Crisis: How Ethics and Religion Shape Policy Responses to Refugees” via Zoom video. But faith-based communities, including many Catholic organizations, have set an example in how to respond, with compassion and justice, to the crisis, said Father Hollenbach, a professor at Georgetown University.Read More.
Some Scripture scholars have pointed out what you see as a conflict between the infancy narratives of Matthew and Luke. (The late renowned New Testament expert Father Raymond Brown once declared that the two accounts “are contrary to each other.”) Other biblical authorities, however, have no problem with reconciling the two narratives. The key, they explain, is to understand that the four Gospel authors wrote for different audiences, and thus each of them did not feel compelled to detail every aspect of the life of Jesus.Read More.