Saints and Seasons: Reflections on the Spirituality of the Church's Year
In a world of communication overload, if an announcement is to become life-giving and growth producing, we need to make a deliberate choice to 'listen', shifting our focus from hearing words to discerning the message behind them. This is...
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In a world of communication overload, if an announcement is to become life-giving and growth producing, we need to make a deliberate choice to 'listen', shifting our focus from hearing words to discerning the message behind them.
This is the technique underlying the Word of God and exemplified by the parables. By tapping into the life experience of his contemporaries, Jesus drew the attention of his hearers to hearing the words and then to listening to the message. Whether in a desert place, out on the sea, on top of a mountain, fishing on a lake, in temple precincts or sitting by a well in Samaria, Jesus proclaims and reveals the active presence of God at work where people are, in the ordinary unfolding of our ordinary lives; and the location, often unexpected and unwelcomed, gives a heightened strength to the message proclaimed. God is active and present in the ordinary, and God must be found in the ordinary. That is the key assumption underlying these reflections on Saints and Seasons.
Peter Varengo is a Salesian priest with forty years experience in Adult Faith Education and Retreat Ministry in Australia, the Pacific region and South East Asia. He studied theology in Rome and Religious Education in Maynooth (Ireland) and at Boston College (USA); and taught Faith Education ad Human Development at the University of Divinity, Catholic Theological College, (Melbourne) for almost three decades whilst also involved in parish ministry