South Africa needs a process to find healing and forgiveness, to be transformed by one another, and together find solutions to the deep problems of our beloved country. I’m not really sure how we...
Category: Sarah-Leah Pimentel
The Ascension represents our hope. Where Jesus has gone, we hope to follow. This is what our Catholic tradition tells us. But on a personal level, I struggle to identify with the Ascension and its promise of heaven.
Last month, 300 youth representatives from around the world gathered in Rome to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing young people today. Their conversations were summarised in a document that will guide the bishops when they meet in October for the Synod on Youth.
Often we want to return to God. We want to return to the heart of love. We want to return to forgiveness and redemption. We want to return to a life of hope. Yet, something holds us back. Fear…
The Prayer of Stopping calls us to be present in each moment and slow the pace of our daily living. Who knows what generosity we may find in friends and strangers; what beauty we may discover in our ordinary, everyday surroundings?
Even in mid-January we still stand on the threshold of a new year and what it holds is as yet unknown. Of course, we have hopes and expectations for this year: the birth of a child, cure for an illness, new beginnings after completing school at a tertiary institution, a first job, the adventure of travel. However, none of these things are a given.
This has been a long year. It’s been a year where were bombarded by bad news at every turn. But there’s hope.
To pay our taxes is to give counter-witness to the corruption of our political leaders, argues Sarah-Leah Pimentel.
I read an article from an Irish Catholic newspaper in which the columnist stated that “there is no such thing as a vocation to the single life” because it is “not part of God’s plan for people”. Sarah-Leah Pimentel has been called to the single life – as a vocation.
The Reformation deeply divided Christianity. We still live with the scars of that Church division today, but we need to place the events that led to the rise of Protestantism into their historical context.
A few weeks ago in our RCIA group, someone asked: “Do Catholics tithe?” This is a topic that generates some controversy. “Give generously,” I answered. “But generosity is very subjective,” the adult convert commented. “How can you be sure that everyone gives equitably to the Church?”
I’ve never found it harder to be Catholic than in the last year. In a Church that preaches mercy and compassion, I have encountered harsh judgment and vitriolic condemnation, simply because I voiced my...