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April 2014 Vol 53 No 2
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Glimpses of Heaven

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Teresa White

‘Glimpses of Heaven upon Earth’

To be a Christian is to believe that the Spirit of God is at work just as much in the repetitive chores of everyday life as in peak moments of mystical prayer. Madeleine Delbrêl was a twentieth-century French mystic who committed herself to living among and working for the poor of a run-down Parisian suburb. Teresa White describes some of the ways in which she encountered God in that setting.

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Richard Boileau

Falling in Love with God

Falling in love can be understood as one of the deepest of human experiences, or as nothing more than a fleeting and superficial romantic attachment. Richard Boileau argues that, far from being shallow, the idea of falling in love with God can powerfully capture the essence of what it truly means to speak of God being merciful.

John Stroyan

The Shakespeare Sermon

The Right Reverend John Stroyan has been the Anglican bishop of Warwick since 2005. This homily, preached in Stratford-upon-Avon as part of last year’s celebrations to mark the birthday of William Shakespeare, employs ideas taken from Shakespeare’s plays to deepen an understanding of the image of the wheat grain found in chapter 12 of John’s Gospel.

Bonnie Thurston

‘Like an Island I Had Not Rowed to’: God-Talk In The Poetry Of Anne Sexton

Poets who wish to write on religious themes can choose either simply to draw on traditional language and imagery, or attempt the more difficult task of reshaping this to reflect their own experience more accurately. Anne Sexton was a poet who took the second of these paths, and Bonnie Thurston assesses how successfully she achieved her goal.

Ruth Agnes Evans

Outcast, Stripped, Pierced: A Personal Look at the Spiritual Journey of St Francis and his Relationship with Society

Ruth Agnes Evans began her religious life as a Poor Clare Sister, following a Franciscan rule. Here she explores what an early biography of St Francis of Assisi, the Legend of the Three Companions, tells us about the saint’s struggles to understand what God was calling him to, and his subsequent attempts to shape his life in accordance with that understanding.

Nicholas King

Questions of Translation

Nicholas King, a Jesuit who teaches theology at the University of Oxford, has recently completed and published a new translation of the Old and New Testaments. Here he explains why he thought the work involved in producing such a translation was worthwhile, and outlines some of the issues that the task led him to consider.

Liz Budd Ellmann

Seeking God Everywhere and Always: Ten Trends in Global Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Directors International is an organization that exists to support the work of spiritual accompaniment around the world, and Liz Budd Ellman is its executive director. Here she draws on her experience in that role to present ten areas of current growth and development within this ministry as it is practised across the globe.

Thomas W. Jodziewicz

Reflections on Evangelii nuntiandi

This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the Synod of Bishops called by Pope Paul VI to discuss the evangelisation of the modern world. The document he wrote after this Synod, Evangelii nuntiandi, is as relevant today as it was when first published. Thomas W. Jodziewicz looks at the methods it proposes for a contemporary dissemination of the gospel message.

Timothy Daaleman

Modern Family

Timothy Daaleman is a medical practitioner who specialises in family medicine. An encounter with a sculpture in a Washington shrine showing the Holy Family resting on the flight into Egypt led him to reflect on his own experience of married and family life. Seeing his parents reflected in the statues of Joseph and Mary offers him a deeper appreciation of his own call to fatherhood.

Patrick W. Collins

Thomas Merton and the Future Of Liturgical Renewal

The US Cistercian monk and noted spiritual writer, Thomas Merton, died in 1968, just as the reform of the Roman Catholic liturgy sanctioned by the Second Vatican Council was getting under way.Liturgical reform had been a matter of great interest to Merton, and here Patrick Collins offers a personal view of what an ongoing reform influenced by Merton’s perspective could look like.

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New titles:

The Bible: A Study Bible Freshly Translated by Nicholas King
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For the first time under one cover, we are delighted to present Nicholas King’s complete translation of his Study Bible. The translation is from the original Greek and includes the texts often referred to as the Apocrypha. Nicholas King’s aim has been to keep as close to the original Greek as possible, frequently incorporating idiomatic or grammatical peculiarities.The result is a translation which is exceptionally stimulating and sometimes startling. Readers will find that it shakes off the dust which often settles on passages that have become tired from over familiarity or frequent quotation.

Price: £49.99

ISBN: 978 1 84867 667 1

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