Ignatius of Loyola: Theology as a Way of Living

‘What Ignatius gives us is not a scholastic or academic theology; it is not a theory, but a theology that is lived and experienced. In this sense, too, our theology becomes a daily action, shaping and making our lives.’ … James Hanvey SJ exposes the theological vision manifested in the Spiritual Exercises and in Ignatius’s life…

And a fine job he does. Read it at the Online Journal of the British Jesuits here.

It can be downloaded in pdf. format here.

HT:  Catholic Tide


Orthodox Christians Observe Forgiveness Sunday

Voice of Russia:

Orthodox Christians observe Forgiveness Sunday, which precedes Lent.

On this day it is customary to ask forgiveness for all grievances and seek reconciliation with foes

The rite of forgiveness was conceived in Egyptian monasteries.

There, the monks would each go off, alone, to spend all 40 days of Lent in the desert.

Since some of them never came back, prior to leaving they would ask each other for forgiveness for all grievances, as one would before death.

Lent culminates with Holy Week and Easter, or the Resurrection of the Lord, marked this time on April 24th day.  


Egypt: 4000 Muslims Attack Christian Homes and Torch Church

Oh Lord, have mercy!


A mob of nearly four thousand Muslims has attacked Coptic homes this evening in the village of Soul, Atfif in Helwan Governorate, 30 kilometers from Cairo, and torched the Church of St. Mina and St. George. There are conflicting reports about the whereabouts of the Church pastor Father Yosha and three deacons who were at church; some say they died in the fire and some say they are being held captive by the Muslims inside the church.

Witnesses report the mob prevented the fire brigade from entering the village. The army, which has been stationed for the last two days in the village of Bromil, 7 kilometers from Soul, initially refused to go into Soul, according to the officer in charge. When the army finally sent three tanks to the village, Muslim elders sent them away, saying that everything was “in order now.”

A curfew has been imposed on the 12,000 Christians in the village.

This incident was triggered by a relationship between 40-year-old Copt Ashraf Iskander and a Muslim woman. Yesterday a “reconciliation” meeting was arranged between the relevant Coptic and Muslim families and together with the Muslim elders it was decided that Ashraf Iskander would have to leave the village because Muslims torched his house.

The father of the Muslim woman was killed by his cousin because he did not kill his daughter to preserve the family’s honor, which led the woman’s brother to avenge the death of his father by killing the cousin. The village Muslims blamed the Christians.

The Muslim mob attacked the church, exploding 5-6 gas cylinders inside the church, pulled down the cross and the domes and burnt everything inside. Activist Ramy Kamel of Katibatibia Coptic advocacy called US-based Coptic Hope Sat TV and sent an SOS on behalf of the Copts in Soul village, as they are presently being attacked by the mob. He also said that no one is able to contact the priest and the deacons inside the burning church and there is no answer from their mobile phones.

Coptic activist Wagih Yacoub reported the mob has broken into Coptic homes and has called on Copts to leave the village. “Terrorized Copts have fled and some hid in homes of Muslim neighbors,” he added.

Witnesses said the mob chanted “Allahu Akbar” and vowed to conduct their morning prayers on the church plot after razing it.

Islam is no religion of peace! This is disgusting.

St Mina and St George, intercede for these helpless people!