2012 articles by Chris McDonnell, UK m
26: Letter to The Tablet
"We need to talk about the new translation" 3rd letter here
A proclamation of the Nativity to help us prepare for Christmas.
One who passes by
Thomas Merton OCSO 1915-1968 A tribute for his 44th anniversary
at the Margin
Poem in memory of 44th anniversary of Thomas Merton
cannot be silenced
An invitation to listen to the song written by an American nun in response to the
of the sisters' US leadership group. In our troubled times this song has a simple yet profound message
1: The new translation:
we ever learn?
(A response to this
editorial by Tom Jordan OP)
My argument concerns both process and outcome.
At a time when the age profile of those attending Mass is steadily rising, we are effectively excluding younger generations of English speaking Catholics who will not find archaic phrases supportive of prayer
Four short pieces, one written for each Sunday in Advent, formed in the structure of the Japanese Haiku:
5 syllables, then 7 and then 5
art, poor theology
Teaching the Gospel is achieved through the lived example of each Christian person, through the word of Scripture and through the Liturgy we celebrate together. We have a responsibility to ensure that our all strands of our Christian witness are of the highest possible order, intelligible and sound. That of course is the sadness of our short experience of the New Translation. It clunks.
It is this central problem that is causing so much frustration.
The feeling we perceive that by saying nothing, by not responding,
the clouds will pass over and all will be fine again.
Presidents and Popes
Are we sincerely intending to seek a deepening of faith in the Mission of the Church or are we anxious to accept an ever-tightening control from Rome over the intellectual integrity of our fellow Christians?
Is it Mission or Maintenance?
31: A full and fearless life
The retirement of Hans Kung
of the Nation, State of our Church
Obama and Romny at charity dinner are a lesson for us as we debate
and argue the circumstances of the church 50 years after Vat II
do we make our church
the church of our children?
Exclusive! Chris' own report of "A Call to Action" meeting at which he was one of the four speakers!
This article has links to reports of meeting by other websites
had a dream
We would be failing our grandchildren if we allowed the fruits of Vatican II to fade through our lack of concern. We have a duty to make the case for the Church as it is today and for what it might become.
There is a stillness and solitude in the hour before dawn.
In that darkness there is a time when we can open ourselves to listening to the Lord
step at a time
Lines written for a young nun moving into simple vows, but they can be applied to any of us in different ways
19: A Personal Odyssey
With recommendation of 50 Years Receiving
what can we do?
All of us have a responsibility to take the next steps and if that means raising a critical voice, in charity,
then so be it. But always in charity
place we call home
In our concerns about the Church
let's follow the example of Cardinal Martini and Thomas Merton
Aug 29: Lovely article on four of the world's most famous icons Photo
short a time
Written for friend leaving ministry
Extra of Tablet
Has post by Chris McDonnell - More data needed
Nouwen - an honest pilgrim
Nouwen's constant concern: that there is a necessity to share the suffering of others, not with high flown words, but just by being there, being alongside those in need, the silence of the caring hug, the touch of shared concern
bombs, no. Curiosity, yes
The rapidity of change emphasises our need to live the message of the Vatican Council by looking forward
is where we are,
so what should we do?
More and more we hear voices that seek to solve our present problems with yesterday’s solutions;
that just won’t work. Our enthusiasm for a pilgrim church can only be sustained
by a clear understanding of the society of which we are part
and our ability to communicate with the people of our time.
The Net has offered an opportunity for reflective comment in a manner that is new.
We all need to learn from the events and postings of recent months and appreciate the considered opinion all can make
July 21: Yesterday's Answers Letter to Tablet
July 18: It's all a matter of words "We must find a way to talk"
healing, not division
Language is a groping for clarity and we should make every effort not to get in the way and hinder understandable discourse.
4: Movement for Married Clergy Group's new
- published on Pray Tell same article has 98 comments!
June 20: Morning Prayer Poem
June 13: Another Way
June 6: Call to Action
May 30: Beads of Prayer
May 24: Soon to be published: The notes of Yves Congar
May 23: Shadows and light
February: What if we just took stock?
January: Time for a pause