By Fr. Ángel Mª Rojas, SJ
Edgar Lobel, an expert in papyrology from the University of Oxford, has dedicated his life to the study of papyri found in Egypt. The extremely dry climate in the greater part of Egypt has led to the conservation of a multitude of fragments of very ancient papyri, including texts from millennia ago, in Greek and Coptic. In many cases, the papyri help to confirm the dates of texts that had been conserved through successive copies o translations.
Spain is known for its many martyrs, especially the many who lost their lives during the religious persecution that broke out in the 1930s. Over 1,870 martyrs from this time period have already been officially recognized by the Catholic Church and many more are on their way to canonization.
Barbastro (Huesca, Spain) was the diocese that suffered most during the persecution. 80% of the clergy, the highest figure in all of Spain, were killed. A total of 18 Benedictines, 9 Piarists, 51 Claretians, 13 canons of the Cathedral, 114 diocesan priests, 5 seminarians, and a bishop were martyred.
By Sr. Beatriz Liaño, SHM
John’s Gospel practically comes to a close with the well-known question that the Lord asks Peter: “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” (Jn 21:16). Peter, confused, confesses that yes, he does love Him, although his love is very poor. The Lord then announces to him with veiled words the violent death that he would endure for love of Him. Indeed, it is he, Peter, the same one that once denied Him three times, swearing that he did not even know Him. He, the fisherman from Galilee, would die one day on the cross for love of his crucified teacher. The Lord ends the conversation by saying, “Follow me.”
By Sr. Ana Mª Cabezuelo, S.H.M.
Holiness knows no age, nor is it measured in physical dimensions of height, weight, etc, but by the degree to which we allow Christ to transform us from within. Proof of this is the host of young men and women whose heroic lives have become an example of what it means to be Christian.
Albert Cortina is a lawyer and urban planner. He promotes advanced humanism for a society in which emerging biotechnologies are at the service of humanity. Although he dedicated 25 years of his life to territorial planning and wilderness preservation, he currently directs his attention to the preservation of the human condition in the face of transhumanism.
Cortina is author of the book Advanced Humanism for a Biotechnological Society (pub. Teconté). Together with neuroscientist Miguel Angel Serra, he also wrote a trilogy on the same subject: Human or Posthuman? Technological Uniqueness and Human Improvement (pub. Fragmenta); Humanity ∞ . Ethical Challenges of Emerging and Unique Technologies (pub. Eiunsa); Ethics of Emerging Technologies in People with Functional Diversity (pub.Eiunsa).
By Sr. Estela Morales, S.H.M.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Encyclical Humanae Vitae. Today, discordant voices seem to rise up once again against this prophetic document, whose author refused to give in to the demands of the sexual revolution and the contraception market originated in the United States.
By Sr. Conchi García del Pino, S.H.M.
On Good Friday, March 30, 2018, my mother passed away and on Holy Saturday, we buried her. They were days of painful and yet very intense graces. We experienced the closeness of the Lord and Our Lady, as well as of my mother. I truly feel that she is alive and very close to Them. I think my siblings and father experienced the same thing. At given moments, it seemed like we were at a festive celebration rather than a funeral and burial. We said good-bye to my mother between hymns to the Lord and Our Lady about Heaven. It was beautiful!
By Sr. Miriam Loveliand, SHM
Man is a unique being in the universe. In the Creed, we profess that God is Creator of everything “visible and invisible.” In a way, man appears as a synthesis of these two dimensions: he is composed of a spiritual soul and a material body.
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