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Archive for April, 2012

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“Don’t think money does everything or you are going to end up doing everything for money.” – Voltaire

What Are We Saved From?

The kind of theology we are doing now is called Soteriology, the theory of salvation. There is a distinction between Salvation– the radical improvement of material conditions or people’s ultimate fulfilment, Atonement– the Christian concept of salvation which consists of mankind’s mystical union into the presence, activity and nature of the Divine (also called justification), and Redemption– the Christian concept of the means to atonement whereby God forgives mankind’s sins through the death and resurrection of Christ. (more…)

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“People worry about the parts of the bible they don’t understand, but it’s the parts I do understand that I worry about.” – Mark Twain

Thought for the Week 30/04/2012

From Sabine Schwartz, Catholic Chaplain:

This Sunday, the lectionary presents us with the much loved image Jesus gives of himself as the Good Shepherd who gives his life for his sheep. (John 10:11-18) This image has inspired many works of art, music and poetry, and many Christians throughout the centuries have drawn great joy and comfort from it. For quite a long time, it was one of my favourite images of Christ.

Maybe this is a good opportunity to reflect on what your favourite image of Jesus (or of God) is. Who is Jesus, who is God for you? Is he a friend, a parent, a role model? Or maybe rather a bit like a strict judge? The question matters, because the image we have of God (and of Jesus), hugely influences not only the way we pray and read scripture, but also the way that we relate to ourselves, to others and to the world around us.

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