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Origins and development of Advent

<p align="center"><strong>ORIGINS AND DEVELOPMENT OF ADVENT</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>Vincent Ryan OSB</strong></p> <p>When the feast of the nativity of the Lord was introduced to Rome in the early years of the fourth century, it was celebrated as a simple memorial and was not preceded by a period of preparation. It was not until about the [...]
2009.10.29.

We are Pentecostal people

<p>Kevin Seasoltz OSB sees Gods gift of his Spirit as a continuous transformation of the world. The Spirit is woven into the fabric of human life; and, even though the anguish of life may remain, the Spirit always provides the possibility of healing and renewal.</p>
1999.11.30.

No earthly estate: God and Patrick Kavanagh: an anthology

<p>Tom Stack introduces a selection of Kavanagh&#8217;s poems, highlighting their mystical dimension. He alerts us to how we too, like Kavanagh himself, can experience poetry as &#8220;a hole in heaven&#8217;s gable&#8221;. </p>
1999.11.30.

The liturgical year

<p>How can the liturgical year help us grow in holiness? This talk given by Clifford Howell in the 1950s explains how in some beautiful analogies from nature and biology. </p>
1999.11.30.

Celebrating the season of Advent

<p>Eltin Griffin OCarm has collected a number of essays on different aspects of the season of Advent for preachers, teachers, liturgy planners, parish leaders and general readers. A wide variety of articles in an easily readable style.</p></p>
1999.11.30.

Creed of love: reflections on the Apostles Creed

<p>Billy Swan&#8217;s &#8220;Creed of Love&#8221; is an exploration of the gift of faith and examines among other issues the importance of the Apostles&#8217; Creed to our lives today, the connection between the Church and faith in a post-modern society and the questions asked by believers in the wake of scandals [...]
1999.11.30.

Lón Anama

<p>Díolaim de dhánta, de liricí agus de rainn thraidisiúnta na Gaeilge ar théamaí spioradálta a léiríonn oidhreacht na Gaeilge sa réimse seo. Ciarán Mac Murchaidh a chuir in eagar. Aistriúcháin go Béarla ar na téacsanna san áireamh.</p>
1999.11.30.

Sunday thoughts.com

<p>Martin Tierney has gathered together personal reflections based on the Sunday and feastday readings for the three year Liturgical cycle. They are both inspirational and a good resource for people preparing Sunday Liturgies. </p>
1999.11.30.

Newman&#8217;s University Church: 150 years

<p>Dr Eileen Kane was formerly a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History of Art in University College Dublin. She has published extensively on French, Italian and Irish art both in Ireland and abroad. Her most recent publication is <em>The Church of San Silvestro in Capite in Rome</em>, (Rome 2005), [...]
1999.11.30.

Scandalous saints and spirited sinners

<p>Bernard Cotter OP gives us very brief accounts of some of our favourite saints. Saints give us hope. Theyve known raw fear and terrible worry. Some have done bad things and been hard to live with. This book will amuse and encourage you. </p>
1999.11.30.

Blessed among all women

<p>Robert Ellsberg&#8217;s book is a collection of women saints whose lives and spiritual gifts down through the ages are recounted with respect and with depth. By briefly looking at their lives, it makes a serious contribution to the newly emerging consciousness of the full equality of women in the Church, [...]
1999.11.30.

The Rosary

<p>Garry Wills believes that the Rosary, all twenty mysteries, is a form of devotion ideally suited to the modern world, when so many are seeking a form of contemplation, spiritual renewal and calm. It contains reflective meditations and lavish illustrations by Tintoretto </p>
1999.11.30.

And thats the Gospel truth

<p>Jack Mc Ardle outlines the Gospel readings for Year C, offers reflections, personal parables on the various themes, outlines the teachings, suggests practical responses and reinforces them all with life stories. It is particularly suited for the interested layperson. </p>
1999.11.30.

Origins and development of Advent

<p>This article treats of the history and spirituality of Advent as it developed in both the Western and Eastern traditions. The author, Vincent Ryan OSB, also assesses the contribution to Advent spirituality of popular piety in such customs as the Advent Wreath. Finally, he gives an appreciation of the riches [...]
1999.11.30.

The Holy Spirit

<p>John-Paul Sheridan gives an excellent summary of what the Scriptures and Church teaching tell us about the Holy Spirit, especially as a guide to parents whose children are following the programme in preparation for confirmation. It is the second chapter of his helpful Veritas publication <em>Promises to keep: parents and [...]
1999.11.30.

Why bother with theology?

<p>Alex Wright, Director of SCM Press, calls for theologians and churches to dialogue seriously with contemporary culture in a world where religion and faith are becoming ever more marginal. </p>
1999.11.30.

The life of Mary

<p>In this little book for children edited by Inos Biffi and illustrated by Franco Vignazia the stories of Mary&#8217;s life are told in pictures. They are like the stained glass windows in a Church that hold our gaze, requiring us to stop and contemplate each one. </p>
1999.11.30.

Rooted in detachment: living the transfiguration

<p>Drawing on his own transfiguring life experiences, including a bout of leukemia, as well as from Eastern Christian iconography, the Fathers of the Church and other theologians, Kenneth Stevenson shares his own moving &#8220;lectio divina&#8221; on the Transfiguration.</p></p>
1999.11.30.

Seeds for the soul: Sunday homilies for cycle A

<p>Brendan McGuire was born in Bray, Co Wicklow. He worked in IT in the USA before being ordained in 2000 and is now pastor in San Jose, California. Here he shares his Sunday homilies for the year when Matthew&#8217;s gospel is read. We have chosen his homelies for the six [...]
1999.11.30.

Adult initiation

<p>Dermot Nestor guides us through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and what effect this process can have on an entire Christian community. </p>
1999.11.30.

Jerusalem 1532

<p>Brian Grogan SJ points out that Ignatius&#8217;s visit to Jerusalem in September 1523 was a high point in his life. Ever after he was able to recall in imagination the scenes where the mysteries of Jesus&#8217; life were acted out. This became a technique of prayer that he taught to [...]
1999.11.30.