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Educating Ourselves

One of the great Biblical metaphors of the human/divine relationship comes from John's Gospel. Jesus says, "I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, and I in him, will bear much fruit." (John 15:5) Our relationship with our Lord is a living, growing thing. Only with care and attention, just as with vine and branches, will it flourish. Jesus calls us to ongoing mutual relationship. We need the elements of prayer, learning and reflection to nourish this life giving and constantly changing relationship.

VOTF hopes to provide opportunities to learn and increase our understanding of our faith, ourselves, and one another through reading, reflection, dialogue, and prayer. Questions are part of our faith journey. There are many pilgrims on this journey, and their thoughts will be shared here.

The articles, speeches, and essays that will be offered here represent their authors' thoughts and reflections, rather than VOTF policy. Please note that previously on this Web site, Dr. Massimini's and Prof. Appleby's papers were described as "Highly Recommended Reading." Although we have reorganized our site, VOTF still highly recommends these papers. Based on people's response to the papers, we believe them to be important works in and of themselves - as well as valuable stimuli to the dialogue that our Church so greatly lacks and so urgently needs. Not everyone in or outside of VOTF will agree with the ideas of these and other papers; however, VOTF is committed to free exchange, thoughtful consideration, and respectful dialogue. We welcome all views.

The Rights of Priests, James F. Keenan, S.J.

TOWARD VOTF'S GOAL # 3: THE NEED TO KEEP EDUCATING OURSELVES AND TO KEEP GROWING SPIRITUALLY
By Anthony Massimini

TOWARD A HEALED AND RENEWED CATHOLIC CHURCH
Expectations and Requirements for The New Archbishop of Boston, and For All Bishops and Pastors
by Anthony T. Massimini

"The Church at Risk: Remarks to the U.S.C.C.B.,"
by Scott Appleby

"Discerning the Spirit: A Guide for Renewing and Restructuring the Catholic Church,"
by Anthony T. Massimini

"Rebuilding in Boston" by James Keenan, SJ

 

"Some people worry when they have questions about their faith, or when they begin to realize that the old explanations, good enough before, no longer seem to offer coherent meaning. This worry is misplaced. To believe means to want to understand, and to want to understand means to be asking questions Faith is precisely the opening of one's mind, one's understanding to God revealing himself. But what God reveals to us is not apparent instantaneously, once and forever in all its implications."
—Monica K. Hellwig, Understanding Catholicism

 

 

 

 

 

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