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"Spirit matters": Change is good

In this guest post, regular "Spirit Matters" columnist Melinda R. Heppe proposes that guardians of traditions need to balance the need for preservation with the need for change -- and that they should put love above all.

A couple of months ago, my sister left me a message: “So, Hana isn’t going to her prom, and Yang is going to a formal?”

I laughed. "Yup, that’s right." But Hana is the fashionista. 

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Pope Benedict XVI's 1990 address to U.S. seminarians

In 1990, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
was the keynote speaker at a conference on priestly formation held at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. His remarks were published in a collection by Ignatius Press, The Catholic Priest as Moral Teacher and Guide.

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Doubting Thomas, doubting Peter

The roots of doubt run deep in the Christian story. Thomas is the most renowned doubter in Christian history, touching the wounds of Christ to prove (to himself) the truth of the resurrection. But Peter nearly drowned from his own doubt when walking on water with Jesus.   Doubt is rooted in reason, emotion, and our deepest spiritual yearnings. It can cause confusion, embarrassment, shame, pride, and resistance. Doubt emerges across all aspects of our lives, whether we admit it or not.   In our theological schools, we experience doubt on many levels. We question the strategic  directions of our organizations; our interpretations of the marketplaces in which our schools operate; and the abilities of our staff, faculty, administration, and board. And when we second-guess certain aspects of our corporate life, we often act like either Thomas or Peter.   Doubting like Thomas. In many cases, we try to alleviate our doubt by ...

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