In this issue of Theologika Digest, our focus is on moving toward God freely and knowledgeably in order to have “life to the full” as Jesus promised. Psychology – the study of the soul – has many techniques and insights to help us on our journey. We combine insights from psychology with those of St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556), a great master of spiritual psychology, who has given us a form of prayer and psychological searching, the Examen, to help us along the way.
In this issue of Theologika Digest, we are offering some thoughts and ideas to expand your sense of liturgy. The focus of this issue is The Liturgy of Life, by Fr. Ricky Manalo, CSP. Many times we get lost in the minutia of planning liturgies, without having the realization that liturgy is getting caught up in God’s embrace, whether that happens in a church building, in our lives, or as we are silenced by the sunrise.
Rising in Christ focuses on the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults – RCIA. Discover the ancient way in which people entered the faith and its renewal today. Find out why baptized persons don’t need to go through the RCIA to enter the church. Take a look at people coming to new life in Christ. Enjoy the spirituality, poetry, and images of the RCIA and find valuable information and resources for teaching others.
In Mercy: God’s Many Faceted Gift, we look at examples of mercy and forgiveness: in the lives of real people, in the historical context of development of today’s understanding of mercy, and through reflection on what mercy tells us about God and our everyday relationships and lives.
Family is ideally the cradle of divine love into which we are born as humans. The challenges of living in faith as family, as domestic church, and practical ways in which we live and grow together in love are addressed in this issue of Theologika Digest. Following closely on the closing of the 2015 Synod on the Family and just before the start of the Holy Year of Mercy, we report on the statements and recommendations produced by the Synod and look forward with hope to the Holy Year. The role of the family in safeguarding the environment is also featured, with practical suggestions and activities.
Social Justice: Creating a Just Society draws from historical as well as contemporary sources of reflection on the question of Social Justice. Catholic Social Teaching includes care for the environment, care for the poor, reform of structural barriers to equal opportunity, and insistence on the central position of human beings and protection of human dignity in all considerations of justice.
Theologika Digest’s June 2015 issue takes the Sacred Heart of Jesus as its theme. Features include art by Joseph Fanelli and David Clayton, meditations by Sr. Laurel O’Neal, Er. Dio. and Dr. Susan Mahan, historical background of the development of the devotion, summaries of Pope Francis’ 2015 homily for the Feast of the Sacred Heart (in English and Spanish), introduction to Laudato Si’, and much more.
This issue of Theologika Digest takes as its theme Mary’s song of praise, the Magnificat. We respond to God’s gift of care for the lowly through practical outreach in service, music, art, liturgy, and celebrations. Articles include reflections on the place of Mary in salvation history and in our lives, an introduction to the work of Connie Fortunato and Music Camp International, information about the Mozarabic rite liturgy celebrated recently at the Vatican, a link to Jesse Manibusan’s newest work, and much, much more.
Easter Dawns is the theme of this issue of Theologika Digest. Offerings include reflections on the Resurrection, creation as the overflowing of divine love, Easter as a past, present and future reality, Eucharist as proclaiming the death of the Lord, Pope Francis’ reflection on the example of the women who were Jesus’ disciples, as well as art, music, crafts, an Easter puzzle, and a new icon.
Metanoia – our March 2015 issue – offers insights on ways in which we are called to turn our lives around, creating places of rest and growth, growing into adult faith, and savor relationships and activities. The issue includes music, videos, and other materials to enhance the experience of of turning around towards God in our lives today.
Gifted and Giving, our January 2015 issue, includes news of Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines, including his encounter with a child who asked a pointed question and his response to her that challenges us to listen and act. Additionally, we have included a theological reflection on “gift” as the foundation of all reality. news of the coming canonization of Bl. Junipero Serra, activities for families, and consideration of many of the gifts we have received: inquiry, holy discontent, our own selves, music, and community.
Entering into the Mystery of Incarnation is the theme of our December 2014 issue of Theologika Digest. What does incarnation mean? Why does the incarnation matter? How do we celebrate this reality? What are ways we can respond to incarnate love?
Gratitude as the Year Draws to a Close is the theme of the November 2014 issue of Theologika Digest. Poetry, music, activities, and news from Rome are featured.
Called to Be Holy is the theme of the October 2014 issue of Theologika Digest. Dr. Barbara Winston and her work with spiritual direction in the English-speaking and Spanish-speaking communities is profiled. Articles include reflections on “The Little Way” of St. Therese of Lisieux, what it means to be holy, praying with the Church through the Liturgy of the Hours, Pope Francis’ thoughts on the call to holiness (en español también), a Find-the-Saints word search puzzle, and a recipe for Soul Cakes to celebrate All Saints Day and/or All Souls Day.