a conversation between faith, culture, and the church

kazuend cherry blossoms

Whenever a community receives the message of salvation, the Holy Spirit enriches its culture with the transforming power of the Gospel. …In the Christian customs of an evangelized people, the Holy Spirit adorns the Church, showing her new aspects of revelation and giving her a new face.

—Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 116


Image: detail of a photo by Kazuend

he dwells among us—if today you hear his voice, harden not your heart

NamphuongVan winterview

The new Jerusalem, the holy city (cf. Rev 21:2-4), is the goal towards which all of humanity is moving. It is curious that God’s revelation tells us that the fullness of humanity and of history is realized in a city.

We need to look at our cities with a contemplative gaze, a gaze of faith which sees God dwelling in their homes, in their streets and squares. God’s presence accompanies the sincere efforts of individuals and groups to find encouragement and meaning in their lives. He dwells among them, fostering solidarity, fraternity, and the desire for goodness, truth and justice. This presence must not be contrived but found, uncovered.

God does not hide himself from those who seek him with a sincere heart, even though they do so tentatively, in a vague and haphazard manner.

—Pope Francis, Joy of the Gospel, 71

Photo credit: Namphuong Van

dialogue

Drew Patrick Miller Guggenheim

Dialogue is only possible starting from true identity.

I cannot pretend to have a different identity in order to dialogue. No, it isn’t possible to dialogue in this way. This is my identity and I dialogue because I’m a person, because I’m a man or a woman; and man and woman have the opportunity to dialogue without negotiating their identity.

The world suffocates without dialogue: for this you also make your contribution, in order to promote friendship among religions.

Pope Francis

Photo credit: Drew Patrick Miller