January - March 2023 - no 18 2023/1
and disturbs us,
and sometimes hurts us.
If we embrace it
with humility, however,
it can be of enormous service to us:
it breaks the sense of self-absorption and opens us up
to what lies
The young community of Corinth was in conflict due to factions, opposing viewpoints and a diversity of tasks and charisms that clashed with one another. Scripture scholar, Gérard Rossé, discusses the challenges faced by the early community. Rather than imposing his authority, the apostle Paul guided the community toward responsibility as modeled by the Crucified and Risen One, and thus towards love-agape.
The Xaverian International Theologate School of Manila (Philippines) tried a new way of conducting their annual spiritual exercises in the light of communion among charisms. They chose the permanent Mariapolis of the Focolare Movement in Tagaytay, Cittadella Pace, for their retreat. Xaverian Father Matteo Rebecchi, Giuseppina Signorini, and Mario Suerte (two focolarini) speak about the experience.
The author spent many years in a rural parish in south west Cameroon, an area which is currently experiencing civil war.
He writes about reconnecting with people affected by the conflict and his relationship with them.
He is one of the editors of Ekklesía Online, the national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Scotland and a parish priest.