Matteo Ricci: 4th centenary of death

Matteo RicciWe’re observing the anniversary of death of the famed Jesuit, Matteo Ricci. Benedict XVI wrote to Bishop Claudio Giuliodori of Macerata-Tolentino-Recanati-Cingoli-Treia, Italy on the occasion of a Jubilee Year commemorating the fourth centenary of the death of the Jesuit Father Matteo Ricci, who died in Beijing, China on 11 May 1610. In part the Pope said:

In considering his intense academic and spiritual activity, we cannot but remain favourably impressed by the innovative and

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Growing Christ requires openness to all reality

Jesuit Fathers Campbell and McMahon write in their book, Becoming a Person in the Whole Christ:

The essential foundation of our ability to become a person
lies in our ability to transcend isolation and to share ourselves as free gift
with another.

This capacity for openness to all of reality, the hallmark
of every spiritual being, is the essence of man as person, providing him with
potentialities for human growth that are

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Pope asks priests to focus on Christ in prayer in order to serve

This paragraph from the Pope’s homily for the May 3rd
priesthood ordinations is a good example of the Pope’s holy agenda for priests,
indeed, for all who are called to serve the Lord and His Church. As the Pope
says, this is dear to his heart…

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What does it mean to be a teacher?

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What does it mean
to be a teacher in today’s educational climate? Can an adult be in an educative
relationship with a young person without risk? To be a teacher implies the
offer of a proposal that reaches the heart of the student, but this is only
possible if it is communicated by an energy that

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About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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