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  Vol 48 no 3


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Stephan Rothlin and Bruno S. Frey

The Parable of the Prodigal Son and Modern Motivation Theory

Jesus’ parable of the Prodigal Son still has the power to shock us, with the profligate younger brother being rewarded and the scrupulous older one seemingly penalised. Can contemporary economic theory throw some light on the response of the father to his two sons?

Jean-Michel Laurent

Reflections on Priestly Formation 2: Feelings and the Spiritual Life

Jean-Michel Laurent continues his reflection on the nature of priestly formation, particularly in an African context. Here he considers the role that feelings have in helping a candidate, and those responsible for his formation, come to a responsible assessment of his vocation.

Robert R. Marsh

Imagining Ignatian Spiritual Direction

One way of classifying spiritualites is by the name of the founding figure associated with them. Rob Marsh, who works in the Loyola Hall Spirituality Centre on Merseyside, here asks what it is that is distinctive about ‘Ignatian’ spirituality.

George Tyrrell

Nova et Vetera: Informal Meditations for Times of Spiritual Dryness

To mark the centenary of his death, The Way presents three meditations from a collection by the Jesuit George Tyrrell, who would later be expelled from the order when it was thought that he had gone too far in adapting Christian teaching to contemporary patterns of scientific thought.

Robert E. Doud

Ignatian Spirituality and Whitehead

Alfred North Whitehead was a philosopher and logician writing in the first half of the twentieth century. Robert Doud finds perhaps surprising parallels between his work and Ignatian spirituality by looking at how each approaches the idea of commitment.

Wolfgang Beinert

Road Narrows at the Vatican? Did Christ Die ‘For Many’ or ‘For All’?

A forthcoming revision of the official texts used in Roman Catholic liturgy is provoking intense debate. Wolfgang Beinert shows how the translation of a single phrase can illustrate many of the issues involved in this discussion.

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Alberto Ares Meteos

'Yellow Arrows: The Mentoring Experience of the Two Standards

‘Yellow arrows’ are used to guide walkers along the pilgrim trails to Compostella in Spain. Using this image, Alberto Ares Meteos offers a contemporary reading of the Two Standards meditation in the Spiritual Exercises.

Richard Shortall

Rural Wells in a Dry Land: How an Experience of the Spiritual Exercises Touches Lives in Rural Victoria

For some years now in Europe and North America ‘weeks of guided prayer’ have allowed those unable to visit a spirituality centre to enjoy many of the benefits of a guided retreat. How can this model be adapted to the situation of rural Australia? Richard Shorthall describes one such venture.

Howard Worsley

Growing Up into Childhood: The Franciscan Embrace of the Inner Child

Jesus told his followers that they must become like little children, and Francis of Assisi is one of those who has taken this injunction most literally. Here Howard Worsley uses the psychological theory of the ‘inner child’ to present a Franciscan spirituality for the twenty-first century.

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Jesuit Life & Mission Today: The Decrees & Accompanying Documents of the 31st-35th General Congregations of the Society of Jesus, edited by John W. Padberg SJ

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At a General Congregation Jesuit representatives from all over the world gather to establish principles, set priorities and suggest practices that will assist in carrying out the mission of the Society of Jesus to serve the faith, a constituent part of which is the promotion of justice. This book, Jesuit Life & Mission Today: The Decrees & Accompanying Documents of the 31st-35th General Congregations of the Society of Jesus provides in a single volume all the documentation of the five latest such congregations from 1965 to 2008.

Price: £18.00

ISBN: 978 0 904717 35 8

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