On last Thursday’s Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, the Pope speaks of the three forms of poverty to which the disciple is called: the first is to renounce riches, with a heart detached from money, the second is to accept persecution, large or small, even slander, because of the Gospel, and the third is the poverty of loneliness, to feel alone at the end of life. His reflection begins with the Collect Prayer, which emphasizes that through Saint Luke, the Lord wanted to reveal his predilection for the poor. The Gospel (Lk 10:1-9) then speaks of the sending of the 72 disciples into poverty – “do not carry a purse, bag or sandals” – because the Lord wants the disciple’s path to be a poor one. The disciple attached to money or wealth is not a true disciple.
There is a form of poverty that Jesus promised to Peter himself, telling him: “When you were a boy, you went where you wanted; when you are old, they will take you where you do not want to go. ” The disciple is, therefore, poor, in the sense that he is not attached to riches and this is the first step. He is then poor because “he is patient before small or large persecutions”, and – third step – he is poor because he enters into that state of mind of feeling abandoned at the end of life. In fact, Jesus’ own path ends with that prayer to the Father: “Father, Father, why have you forsaken me?”. The Pope’s concluding invitation is, therefore, to pray for all the disciples, “priests, nuns, bishops, popes, laity”, so that they “may know how to walk the path of poverty as is required by the Lord “.
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The issue of women’s participation in the Catholic Church’s decision-making has been one of the major themes of the Oct. 3-28 bishops synod, which is focusing on how the church can better minister to today’s youth. Many young people have told the Vatican they want women to have greater roles in the church.
Currently, only “synod fathers” can vote on the text, which is then sent to the pope to either approve as an official document of the church or take under consideration for a future teaching document of his own. Church doctrine requires an all-male priesthood, on the grounds that Jesus’ apostles were male. Women frequently complain they have a second-class status in the church.
Pope Francis has called for women to have a greater say in church decision-making, but hasn’t followed through with concrete gestures, though sisters note slow progress in filling mid-level positions in the Vatican with women.
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The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID), in collaboration with Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Monastery, the Association of the Major Superiors of Religious Women in Taiwan, and Dialogue Interreligieux Monastique·Monastic Interreligious Dialogue (DIM·MID) has organized the First International Buddhist-Christian Dialogue for Nuns, which will take place at Fo Guang Shan, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, from October 14-18, 2018. The main theme of the conference is “Contemplative Action and Active Contemplation: Buddhist and Christian Nuns in Dialogue”.
The agenda of the First International Buddhist-Christian Dialogue for Nuns includes the following items: The Origin, Evolution and Present-day Situation of Monastic Religious Life for Women in Buddhism and Christianity; Buddhist and Christian Approaches to Active Contemplation and Contemplative Action (Right Mindfulness and Right Conduct); Buddhist Meditation and Christian Contemplation; The Service of Buddhist and Christian Nuns to Humanity; Religious Women Promoting the ‘Feminine Genius’; Sharing Stories of Buddhist-Christian Solidarity and Envisioning Future Possibilities.
This international dialogue seeks to achieve two main objectives: 1) to promote dialogue of spiritual or religious experience: “The dialogue of religious experience, where persons, rooted in their own religious traditions, share their spiritual riches, for instance with regard to prayer and contemplation, faith and ways of searching for God or the Absolute (Dialogue and Proclamation, n. 42); 2) to create more space for women to participate in interreligious dialogue.
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