What happened to sin

Like a Bridge

One Light One World

A Handbook of Spiritual Ecumenism

A Guide to Morning, Evening and Night Prayer

What happened to sin? by Sean Fagan SM.

Pub: Columba press. Dublin. ISBN 978-1-85607-633-3

Sean Fagan is an Irish Marist living in Dublin. He has more than fifty years experience teaching, counselling and writing. For many years he was a frequent speaker on radio and television and was Secretary General of the Society of Mary from 1983 - 1995.

This book not only discusses in detail the specific question of contraception and responsible parenthood, but also outlines an atractive and convincing theology of sex to counterbalance the church's 'appalling treatment of it down through the centuries'. The book is basically a summary of fundamental moral theology and Sean Fagan reflects on the latest development in theology, scripture studies and the human sciences. It is written with a lightness of touch that makes it an absorbing read.



Like a Bridge: eds. Laurence Duffy & Charles Girard

It may be that like me you are tempted to skim Introducione and Forewords of books in order to get to Chapter 1 and the meat of it, but in the case of "Like a Bridge" that would be a big mistake, since Laurence Duffy and Charles Girard lay out the plan so succinctly in three sections: the Society of Mary origins; the spirit of their patron  Mary entitled "Being Marist"; and then the mission of Mary entitled "Doing the Work of Mary".

    The editors seem to have trouble with a definition of 'laity', and in other writings Charles Girard, along with Jan Snijders, has met this problem before, but it would seem to me that the laity in this volume are embraced in the reference to them as the 'People of God' not solemnly  vowed Marists, and that would be sufficient to allow their different roles to be pointed up. And the editors do need to point up their differences, mainly because of the perceived obligation of professed Marists to form and inform the Marist family, in order for them to grow in the spirit of Mary, fitting them to carry out their mission of "making the whole world Marist" as envisaged by Father Founder Jean-Claude Colin.

    Marists have come to recognise the Marian attitude as a kind of role reversal of the present prevalent tradition that regards the laity as helpmates to the clergy in their programmes of evangelisation, a view still held strongly by many diocesan priests. The idea that the laity are to be the main instruments of mission is also in the vision of Father Founder, for he says, "the priests are not numerous enough to accomplish this work on their own".

    So, lay Marists are to be 'like a bridge', supported and upheld by the rest of the Marist Communities, that reach out to the world as it is and where they experience it  making a crossing place for those of whatever persuasion to pass over to the Kingdom of God. This small volume expresses all of these ideas by the witness and action of its contributors; a book that provokes serious thought on evangelisation. It is highly recommended reading.       CHJ

Obtainable through the Marist Way see Contacts



one light: one world   unity and the scriptures

       Provides scriptural texts giving the mandate for the Church's search for unity. 

       Produced by the Bible Society to mark the Centenary of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

        Recommended to all ecumaniacs for personal reflection and prayer, for use in discussion groups and Churches Together meetings to stimulate the search for unity.

         An electronic version can be downloaded free of charge from Churches Together in England 'Resources' section



 A Handbook of Spiritual Ecumenism 

 By Cardinal Walter Kasper

This is a remarkably interesting and authoratative book. It contains 96 pages, divided into three main sections: Deepening Christian Faith, Prayer and Worship, "Diakonia" and Witness. There is a short introduction to the concept of Spiritual Ecumenisn showing how it is firmly grounded in the prayer of Jesus "that they may all be one " (Jn17:21) and finds its expression in the documents of the Church, for example the Decree on Ecumenism and Ut Unum Sint.

The book's stated aim is to "offer practical suggestions aimed at implementing and strengthening that spiritual ecumenism which is the heart of all efforts to bring divided Christians together again in unity" . And offering practical suggestions is what it does, over 20 pages of bulleted points " Together Christians can.....", Mixed Marriage Families can....", "Together Local Communities and their Leaders Can.....", "Together young Christians can....". There are also many ideas  for  ecumenical activities proposed  for use at various times throughout the Liturgical Year and ideas as to what can  legitimately be done together in the Sacramental Sphere.

At the end of the book there is a useful bibliography of ecumenical documents resulting from conversations with other Christian Churches - Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, World Council of Churches, Pentecostal Churches.

Very readable and Highly Recommended: Costs around 6 in the UK



A Guide to Morning, Evening and Night Prayer

By Robert Taylerson  CTS 1.95

This is a short tutorial on how to pray the morning, evening and night Prayers of the Church. "It can be used as a self guide or as a work book for a small group". There are six chapters including an introduction to the Office, an explanation of the Office Book with it's various sections and markers; where to start for evening prayer, morning and night prayer. Lesson 5 is an explanation of the printed Psalter page itself with notes on the psalm numbering and on the mysterious stars, daggers, accents and braces that adorn the texts and which are not explained in the Office book itself. The last chapter contains  suggestions on ways enhancing your prayer.

All in all this is a good little book, well worth the small outlay. One new to the Office will definitely find it helpful and those who have been praying the Office for years may well find a few titbits they didn't know about.

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