Il saggio effettua una sistematica indagine sulla ’ndrangheta, grazie a un approccio oggettivo e analitico, che consente di entrare – con chiara immediatezza e rigorosa scientificità – nel dibattito della sua complessa e attuale pervasività in Calabria. La pianificazione e lo svolgimento adeguati delle attività di studio e ricerca hanno tenuto conto della raccolta, dell’organizzazione e dell’elaborazione di ampia e differenziata documentazione, che ha tra l’altro permesso di definire la ricostruzione del contesto storico e socio-antropologico in cui il fenomeno è nato e si è diffusamente sviluppato. L’autore, pone una serie di critici interrogativi ed esortanti provocazioni, sull’urgenza di avviare un autentico processo di risolutiva consapevolizzazione all’interno del tessuto ecclesiale e sociale della realtà calabrese. L’urgenza di riconoscere la definitiva rottura con il potere di questa potente organizzazione criminale, parte dall’inequivocabile opera compiuta da Papa Francesco con la sua venuta in Calabria nel 2014. La novità e la forza di alcune proposte – di natura teologica e pastorale – intendono offrire alle chiese e alla società civile la possibilità di fronteggiare il fenomeno, non perdendo mai di vista le prevalenti ragioni insite nel “rischio della speranza”. Nello sfondo dell’intera opera, si incoraggia a raccogliere una sfida, d’intraprendere inediti percorsi di prassica e decisiva liberazione, ai quali sono invitati innanzitutto i più giovani, che l’autore non esita a definire il “germoglio di risveglio e profezia di riscatto della Calabria”.
Un Papa che divide?
Author: Gian Franco Svidercoschi
Publisher: Rubbettino Editore
In occasione della chiusura dell'anno della fede e a un anno dal Sinodo dei vescovi sulla nuova evangelizzazione, papa Francesco ha consegnato la sua prima esortazione apostolica. Un documento rigoroso e "programmatico" in cui Bergoglio illustra il cammino della Chiesa e le linee guida del suo pontificato, invitando i fedeli a partecipare, attraverso la fede e l'annuncio del Vangelo, alle trasformazioni e alle sfide che il mondo di oggi sta affrontando.
Open Mind, Faithful Heart
Author: Pope Francis, Jorge Mario Bergoglio
Now in paperback in the new Pope's own words, this definitive volume gathers his most probing thoughts on spirituality and the mission of Jesus These challenging meditations on the scriptures provide valuable insight into how Pope Francis understands the person of Jesus and the Christian calling. Anticipating his retirement as archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio gathered together his most probing reflections on the meaning of Christian discipleship. In these profound texts Cardinal Bergoglio draws on the Gospels and the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius to explain how all Christians are called to follow Jesus in the struggle to make God's reign a reality on earth.
The Joy of the Gospel
Author: Carlo Maria Martini, James McGrath
Publisher: Liturgical Press
Cardinal Martini infuses the joy of the gospel in these reflections that urge young people (and all Christians) to turn to sacred reading (lectio divina) and to devotion to Mary as a means to follow Christ. This volume contains two collections of meditations on the Word of God. The first consists of spiritual exercises developed around the Cana wedding story, with Mary as our instructor in discipleship. The stories of crisis and conversion from the Gospel of St. Mark form the basis of the second collection and mirror our lives as followers of Christ. The young people of Milan know Cardinal Martini, their archbishop, as an understanding, comforting, and challenging witness to the gospel. With each word Cardinal Martini draws all young people who partake of these reflections nearer to the "joy" of the cross, our salvation.
On Consulting the Faithful in Matters of Doctrine was first published in July, 1859, as an article in the Rambler. It was the immediate cause of great controversy both in Rome and in England. Newman did not withdraw his views, but the article was not reprinted or published in England since that time, and appeared only once in an American journal, Cross Currents. Scholars without access to Rambler archives have had to resort to a German translation, and the ordinary reader has had to rely on brief quotation and heresy. This edition of Newman's essay is the first in any language to contain a collated version of the text published in the Rambler for July, 1859, and the abbreviated and amended version of 1871. The book also contains an extract from The Arians of the Fourth Century, which bears on the same subject and amplifies Newman's views.
Who Is a Christian?
Author: Hans Urs von Balthasar
Publisher: Ignatius Press
The title of this book is a short question. In its longer form, the question would be: "In the changed circumstances after the 2ndVatican Council-with its theme of aggiornamento or Ôupdating', especially in the areas of the Bible, the Liturgy, Ecumenism, and openness to the modern world-what does it really mean to be a Christian today?" Balthasar begins by acknowledging the confusion of many in the post-Conciliar period. He then describes the valuable contributions of the Council in those four areas. But he also describes their "shadows": what could go wrong and often did go wrong. Finally he points out the path to genuine renewal in the personal life of the Christian and in the Christian's service of the world. Among the key topics and issues Balthasar discusses that are important for the authentic renewal of the Christian life include: The Primacy of Contemplation, Who Is a ÔÔMature Christian''?, Love, The Form of the Christian Life, How Should a Christian Serve the World-and How Not?, Despite Everything, a Single Commitment , and Prayer, Hope, and the Profane. "We must therefore resolve to turn around and approach what seemed to be behind us as something before us. To have the question before us, ÔWho is a Christian?', together with our effort to answer it, is the right approach, for the answer will necessarily come to us from the source from which our Christian life itself is given, namely, God's living Word . . . We rightly find God in the sign of Word and Sacrament, but only in order to seek him ever more passionately where he is not and where we must bring him. Or, rather where he already dwells unseen, and where we must discover him." -Hans Urs von Balthasar Ê
The Great Reformer
Author: Austen Ivereigh
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
A biography of Pope Francis that describes how this revolutionary thinker will use the power of his position to challenge and redirect one of the world's most formidable religions An expansive and deeply contextual work, at its heart The Great Reformer is about the intersection of faith and politics--the tension between the pope's innovative vision for the Church and the obstacles he faces in an institution still strongly defined by its conservative past. Based on extensive interviews in Argentina and years of study of the Catholic Church, Ivereigh tells the story not only of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the remarkable man whose background and total commitment to the discernment of God's will transformed him into Pope Francis--but the story of why the Catholic Church chose him as their leader. With the Francis Revolution just beginning, this biography will provide never-before-explained context on how one man's ambitious program began--and how it will likely end--through an investigation of Francis's youth growing up in Buenos Aires and the dramatic events during the Perón era that shaped his beliefs; his ongoing conflicts and disillusionment with the ensuing doctrines of an authoritarian and militaristic government in the 1970s; how his Jesuit training in Argentina and Chile gave him a unique understanding and advocacy for a "Church of the Poor"; and his rise from Cardinal to the papacy.
The Eyes of Faith
Author: Pierre Rousselot
Publisher: Fordham Univ Press
Pierre Rousselot was a young Jesuit when his article The Eyes of Faith was published in the French theological journal Recherches de Science Religieus in 1910. Though widely acknowledged today as one of the most penetrating and influential analyses of the act of faith in modern Catholic theology, it was perceived by the Neo-Scholastic theologians of the day as a major assault on their own method and doctrine, which they regarded as faithful to St. Thomas and the Thomistic tradition. The most serious critiques were written by the Abbe Hippolyte Ligeard, a specialist in the history of the treatises on faith and apologetics in the Middle Ages, and by Stephane Harent, Rousselot's former professor in the Jesuit scholasticate at Hastings, who published their criticism, respectively, in Recherches de Science Religieuse and in the Dictionnaire de theologie catholique. Rousselot, defending his thesis, published his Answer to Two Attacks soon afterward. The present volume contains the first English translation of The Eyes of Faith, preceded by a substantial introduction placing Rousselot in the intellectual climate of the day and examining some of the presuppositions of the essay. A translation of Rousselot's Answer to Two Attacks is also included, as is an introduction that outlines Abbe Ligeard's and Professor Harent's main criticisms of The Eyes of Faith. Taken as a whole, the book offers a unique way of viewing the development of a significant aspect of modernCatholic theology.
Archbishop Angelo Roncali (later Pope John XXIII) read True and False Reform during his years as papal nuncio in France and asked, A reform of the church 'is such a thing really possible?" A decade later as pope, he opened the Second Vatican Council by describing its goals in terms that reflected Congar's description of authentic reform: reform that penetrates to the heart of doctrine as a message of salvation for the whole of humanity, that retrieves the meaning of prophecy in a living church, and that is deeply rooted in history rather than superficially related to the apostolic tradition. Pope John called the council not to reform heresy or to denounce errors but to update the church's capacity to explain itself to the world and to revitalize ecclesial life in al its unique local manifestations. Congar's masterpiece fills in the blanks of what we have been missing in our reception of the council and its call to "true reform." Yves Congar, OP, a French Dominican who died in 1995, was the most important ecclesiologist in modern times. His writings and his active participation in Vatican II had an immense influence upon the council documents. With a few other contemporaries, Congar pioneered a new style of theological research and writing that linked the great tradition of Scripture and the Fathers to contemporary pastoral questions with lucidity and passion. His key concerns were the unity of the church, lay apostolic life, and a revival of the church's theology of the Holy Spirit. He was named a cardinal by Pope John Paul II in recognition of his profound contributions to the Second Vatican Council. Pal Philibert, OP, has taught pastoral theology in the United States and abroad. He is a Dominican friar of the Southern Province. His translation of a collection of Congar's essays on the liturgy has recently been published by Liturgical Press under the title At the Heart of Christian Worship. His book The Priesthood of the Faithful: Key to a living Church (Liturgical Press, 2005) reflects the ecclesiology of Yves Congar and his Vision of the apostolic life of the faithful. "
Il bambino che portava acqua
Author: Cantalamessa Raniero, Valli Aldo Maria
Publisher: Àncora Editrice
Nato nel luglio 1934, padre Raniero Cantalamessa è giunto alla soglia fatidica degli «ottanta», ma non cessa di girare per il mondo a predicare la Parola di Dio, ascoltato e apprezzato in tutti i continenti.In questo libro-intervista padre Cantalamessa dipana, grazie alle domande di un cronista di razza come Aldo Maria Valli, il racconto della sua vita, intessuto con il filo rosso della chiamata a essere «il portatore dell’acqua viva». Nella vicenda biografica di padre Cantalamessa rileggiamo un periodo intenso e straordinario nella storia della Chiesa, caratterizzato dalla «svolta» impressa dal Concilio Vaticano II, di cui il religioso cappuccino è stato protagonista con la sua sensibilità ecumenica, l’attenzione ai segni dello Spirito e il servizio della Parola.Noto volto televisivo, grazie a molti anni di presenza sul piccolo schermo come commentatore delle letture domenicali, padre Cantalamessa ricopre dal 1980 l’incarico di “predicatore dal Papa”, svolto sotto tre pontificati, da Giovanni Paolo II a Benedetto XVI a Francesco, di cui padre Raniero dice: «Una cosa è certa: qualunque sarà la durata del suo papato, non sarà faci- le tornare indietro. E io aggiungo: per fortuna!».«Durante l’estate, quando ero bambino, ero incaricato di portare acqua ai mietitori. Al vedermi, tutti raddrizzavano le loro schiene, si asciugavano il sudore della fronte e tracannavano d’un fiato intere caraffe d’acqua. In una delle mie prime prediche in presenza di Giovanni Paolo II, ho ricordato come in realtà io abbia continuato a fare per tutta la vita l’umile mestiere che facevo da bambino: portare acqua ai mietitori. Sono cambiati solo i mietitori, che ora sono gli operai nella vigna del Signore, e l’acqua che porto, che ora è la Parola di Dio»
La Messa Tridentina privilegia un linguaggio, fatto di simboli e soprattutto di parole in una lingua (il latino) riservata a Dio, che coinvolge tutti i sensi dell’uomo, capace di trasmettere la bellezza e la potenza del Sacro. Proprio attraverso una rinnovata cultura della lingua latina, come invocato dal Motu proprio Summorum Pontificum di Benedetto XVI, sarà possibile una nuova evangelizzazione, quella “Chiesa in uscita” invocata da Papa Francesco che investe i piani dottrinale, spirituale e pastorale.
The Book of Pastoral Rule
Author: Pope Gregory I, George E. Demacopoulos
Publisher: St Vladimir's Seminary Press
"Recognized as the most thorough pastoral treatise of the patristic era, this sixth-century work by St Gregory the Great carefully details the duties and obligations of the clergy concerning the spiritual formation of their flock."--BOOK JACKET.