Have Life Abundantly

Have Life Abundantly

Copyright Date: 2013
Published by: ATF (Australia) Ltd.
Pages: 161
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    Have Life Abundantly
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    The world we know has been irrevocably shaped by certain major movements of massive significance: among them, the Enlightenment and Renaissance, the Industrial Revolution, the French Revolution, and the American Revolution—to say nothing of lengthened life, heightened education, and awareness of women’s rights. Largely untouched by the fundamental attitude of much of these changes is the Roman Catholic Church. It is probably the only major global institution where the emphasis on a central monarchy has been steadily growing—the Roman papacy and Episcopal hierarchy. Change will inevitably come to the Church and that change will include the Roman Catholic Church. What is proposed in this book is a flexible shape that opens the way to such change, implemented immediately at grass roots. To express it simply, gatherings of the grass roots folk for clergy-free small-group Eucharist's and more rarely for small group clergy-free celebrations of reconciliation; the equivalent of current priests would focus above all on leadership in faith communities. Very basically, reality needs to be given to the priesthood of the faithful and emphasis given to the importance of leadership in faith communities. The shape that this reality and this emphasis will be given will vary enormously in each culture and society. The need for some basic underlying direction is not difficult to discern.

    eISBN: 978-1-922239-09-9
    Subjects: Religion

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-x)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. xi-xii)
  3. SUMMARY PREVIEW Faith, Cancers, and a Cure
    (pp. 1-4)

    Many people, who may not go to church much, nevertheless believe in God. It is worth while exploring why they bother to believe in God. Modern science has done great things with the origin of our universe and its evolution. It is worth while taking account of the most recent suggestions. We can leave aside the research process that led back to the Big Bang and the picture of our past since the Bang; we can touch lightly on a couple of proposals for the origin of the Bang. Where religious faith is concerned, it helps if we shift the...

  4. Part one Why Some of Us Believe in God
    (pp. 7-62)

    It is important to be well aware of some of the reasons why we believe in God today. It is even more important to be aware of how much some of the major beliefs of Christian faith fall into the category of mystery, mysteries to be embraced—much warmer and more realistic than truths to be held. NOTE: ‘why we believe in God’ is quite different from ‘how we prove the existence of God’. For the latter, perhaps we don’t; proof would be knowledge; that is, it would no longer be belief. For the former (why we believe in God),...

  5. Part two Nourishing Faith
    (pp. 65-144)

    Part Two is vehemently opposed to two cancerous forces destroying the modern Roman Catholic church. These are, first, clericalism, the ever-increasing rift of status within the church between the lay people and the clergy (above all the Roman bureaucracy; what Cardinal Yves Congar referred to as ‘the system’); and second, the absolutism so visible in the monarchical control exercised by the Roman centre, overwhelmingly so in recent years (and most markedly by the papacy itself, but also more locally by some bishops and some priests). Sexual abuse, whether crime or cover-up is absolutely appalling and a cause of great pain...

  6. AFTERWORD: The Task Of Transition
    (pp. 145-148)

    The transition into the future relies on the faith-conviction that people, given the opportunity, are drawn by God to a faith that nourishes life and are not drawn by God to a faith that feeds ego. (These terms are used as symbols for two extremes on the range of human motivation; they do not have psychological precision.)

    The pull toward life and the pull toward ego are both present in all of us. The structures of society tend to favour ego. The spirit of God tends to favour nourishing life. The dominant drive of an ecclesial structure such as the...

    (pp. 149-152)

    Christian faith is remarkably simple and at the same time unbelievably challenging. God exists (‘remarkably simple’) and God has brought our world and us into existence because God valued us and, in Christ, wanted to join us (‘unbelievably challenging’). In Jesus Christ, God lived among us, died for us, and rose from the dead. Beyond that, God longs to be with us for all eternity. The liturgical acclamation of the mystery of faith at one time at the centre of the Mass sums it up: ‘Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.’ If Christ has died a...

    (pp. 153-154)
  9. Bibliography of Works Cited
    (pp. 155-158)
    (pp. 159-162)
  11. Back Matter
    (pp. 163-163)