So You Can't Forgive...? Moving Towards Freedom

So you can't Forgive? Moving Towards Freedom What happens when you cannot forgive - indeed, when you feel that to do so would serve to minimise, excuse or even justify the wrong that has been done?

In So You Can't Forgive...? Brian Lennon SJ asks what real forgiving is. He examines the many myths and misunderstandings regarding forgiving and tries to be both compassionate and challenging in looking at ways in which people can move towards freedom.

He tries to be both compassionate and challenging in looking at ways in which people can move towards freedom. He discusses the danger that the reaction to suffering may foster a sense of 'victimhood' rather than enable people to become survivors. And he asks: how can we respond to the challenges of the Scriptures in a way that is a help and not a burden?

 

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Jesus: Social Revolutionary?

Jesus: Social Revolutionary?By Fr. Peter McVerry SJ

This book may seriously damage what is not infrequently considered to be Christian faith, lead you to a new sense of freedom, an increasing interest and wonder at the world around you, reveal to you a personal wealth that surpasses your wildest dreams, a wealth that no one can take from you, from which everyone can benefit, and which increases in value the more it is shared.’
Gerard W. Hughes SJ

In the context of an Ireland that has become unbelievably rich, but where many feel uncomfortable at the levels of homelessness and poverty that continue to exist, Jesus: Social Revolutionary? is an attempt to open a debate about the meaning of our faith and the obligations that belonging to the Christian community imposes on us.

Published by Veritas, it is available on their website.

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Women in the Church: An Issue of Solidarity (1995)

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Written by Brian Lennon SJ, Gerry O'Hanlon SJ, Bill Toner SJ, Frank Sammon SJ

Women are alienated from the Roman Catholic Church. Not all women. Not everywhere. But a significant number of women in Ireland see the institutional Church as something alien to them. Over four years, four male priests engaged in a dialogue with a group of women from both lower and middle classes. In this paper they present some of the points put to them by these women and give an initial response to them.

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Windows on Social Spirituality (2003)

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Written by The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice

Christian Spirituality is social - it is about how we live our life in society and has implications for our relationships and for our actions in the personal, social, political, and religious spheres. Within the framework of a Christian understanding, the contributors to this book consider social dimensions of spirituality as part of the response to the search for a more just world. The authors are all practitioners in the field and their experience and commitment are transparent in what they write: how a Christian understanding of the world can motivate, nourish and sustain our efforts to bring about a more just world.

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A Policy Paper: The Irish Health Service, Vision, Values, Reality (2007)

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Written by The Adelaide Hospital Society & The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice

"The Irish Health System, Vision, Values and Reality" is a new publication prepared jointly by The Adelaide Hospital Society and the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice.

This new publication - uniquely the product of Protestant and Catholic organisations working together challenges the current direction of Irish health service reforms. In a detailed overview of the Irish health system, it challenges the growing privatisation of health care and states that this is contrary to the values which ought to govern the provision of health care.

 

 

 

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Why Care? Education Guide

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Why Care? is an on online education resource produced by the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, accessible at: www.whycare.ie. This educational initiative has been designed to introduce students and young people to contemporary social justice issues. This website helps to propel complex concepts of social justice from the abstract into the practical. These concepts are broken down into digestible chunks that are then explained in the modern Irish context. Focusing on social justice in general, then housing and homelessness, and crime and prison, the website provides a step-by-step introduction to understanding the many dimensions of these issues. It is hoped that the site will encourage informed debate among young people and will underline the importance of acting for social justice.

Click here to download the educator's guide.

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