Retrieving Origins and the Claim of Multiculturalism

by Antonio López

2014 - PAPERBACK

This book explores the philosophical, legal, and theological roots of Western multiculturalism, that is, of the relatively peaceful coexistence of different cultures within a liberal society.

This book explores the philosophical, legal, and theological roots of Western multiculturalism, that is, the encounter and coexistence of different cultures within a liberal society. Rather than concerning themselves with the particulars of cultural dialogue, the authors of this volume go deeper and question the very reality of “multiculturalism” itself.

The contributors represent different cultures and faith traditions but are united in friendship and in the conviction that the Christian faith enables an authentic approach to long-standing debates on multiculturalism.

Contributors: Massimo Borghesi, Francesco Botturi, Marta Cartabia, Carmine Di Martino, Pierpaolo Donati, Costantino Esposito, Stanley Hauerwas, Antonio López, Francisco Javier Martínez Fernández, John Milbank, Javier Prades, David L. Schindler, Angelo Cardinal Scola, Lorenza Violini, Joseph H. H. Weiler.

Gift and the Unity of Being

by Antonio López

2013 - Veritas

The mystery of birth fills our existence with joy, hope, and wonder, but it does more than this as well: it calls us to ponder the mystery of the positivity of being.

Starting from both our originary experience of being given to ourselves and Jesus Christ’s archetypal self-donation, Gift and the Unity of Being elucidates the sense in which gift is the form of being’s unity, while unity itself constitutes the permanence of the gift of being. In dialogue with ancient and modern philosophers and theologians, Lopez offers a synthetic, rather than systematic, account of the unity proper to being, the human person, God, and the relations among them. The book shows how contemplation of the triune God of Love through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit allows us to discover the eternal communion that being is and to which finite being is called. It also illustrates the sense in which God’s gratuitousness unexpectedly offers the human person the possibility to recognize and embrace his origin and destiny, and thus he is given to see and taste in God’s light the ever-fruitful, dramatic, and mysterious positivity of being.

Father

by Massimo Camisasca

2012 - Fraternity of St Charles

Will there still be priests in the Church’s future? Has not the time come for us to humbly inquire into the direction change should take?

The author draws on twenty-five years at the head of a young missionary order which he founded, and proposes a road forward out to the quagmire the Catholic Church and its priests find themselves in today.

«Will there still be priests in the Church’s future? Has not the time come for us to humbly inquire into the direction change should take?». So write Mons. Massimo Camisasca. He dedicates nearly half of his book to silence, prayer, liturgy, and the Mass, and the moves on to discuss several commonly underdeveloped themes (study, fatherhood, common life, and friendship). He closes with tree chapters on hot-button issues (virginity, women, mission) which he treats on the basis of the preceding reflections. With a preface by Mons. Bruguès, secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education.

Together oh the Road

by Massimo Camisasca

2010 - Fraternity of St Charles

Liturgy, silence, the experience of gratuity, and study understood as deepening of faith, seem to me to be the fundamental steps in the education of a young seminarian, forming him for the task of guiding the community.

Together on the road offers a fresh vision of Christian community rooted in friendship with one another and with Christ. Its engaging reflections encourage us to reject the widespread isolation, loneliness, and activism that mark contemporary life, and to embrace a renewed sense of belonging to each other in Christ as the most wonderful event of our lives. In particular, Massimo Camisasca invites priests to renew their passion for living and giving themselves in communion with one another. He candidly admits: «Priestly fraternity has helped me discover that friendship is an answer to my deepest desires». Essential for priests, men and women religious, and those committed to community, it also offers all believers a compelling model of lived Christianity, one that celebrates a purposeful, passionate belonging to the Church, and that believes absolutely in its future.

Life Promises Life

by Vincent Nagle

2004 - Fraternity of St Charles

At a certain point she changed from “Why, oh why, God? Oh, stop, stop” into “I offer, I offer, I offer it!”. That’s the way she stayed and that’s the way she died. In the last moments of her life, despair became hope.

Father Vincent Nagle was born in San Francisco, and raised in a small village in the Redwood forest of Northern California. After finishing his degree in Sociology and Classical Studies at the University of San Francisco, Vincent went to work in Morocco for the Ministry of Education as an English teacher. Vincent then worked for a year in Saudi Arabia before earning a master’s degree in Theology in Berkley, California. His encounter with the movement of Communion and Liberation brought him to enter the seminary of the Priestly Fraternity of the Missionaries of St. Charles Borromeo in Rome, Italy in 1987. During his seminary years he earned a degree in Arabic language and religious history at the Pontifical Institute of Islamic Studies. He was ordained a priest in 1992, and shortly thereafter moved back to the United States to work as a hospital chaplain.

The Challenge of Fatherhood

by Massimo Camisasca

2003 - Fraternity of St Charles

The world needs fathers, and Christ wants us to became fathers, an echo as it were of He who gave us existence and the light to live by, He who has saved us from nothingness and has opened the door to the greatest adventure there is: forgiveness.

Mons. Massimo Camisasca, founder of the Fraternity of St. Charles, has educated priests and seminarians for twenty-five years. The first part of this book contains several lessons given to his seminarians during their formation. The second part is articulated around five words: the three “classic” terms (poverty, virginity and obedience) are completed with reflections on fatherhood and fruitfulness.