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Ibn Arabi

Ibn Arabi (Murcia 1165 – Damascus 1240) was a wise man from Al Andalus (Spain), Sufi Muslim, philosopher and poet. Who speaks as he does, transcends every religion. As he may result suspected of heresy, and in order to avoid convictions, he went into exile successively in Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Anatolia and Damascus. There was […]

Martin Mendizabal. Obituary

There was hardly any thanksgiving before a meal in the dining-room or a prayer in Mass that before the final Amen Martin would not make a comment: “what nonsense do we say about God!” “But, Martin –I would tell him every time- why do you pay such careful attention when we say those prayers? Think […]

Moderation

Moderation is a fundamental virtue of life. And when I say “virtue” I am not referring to its moral, ascetic and religious meaning, but to its etymological sense: force. Moderation means calm life force, serene and invincible energy. It comprises sanity, restraint, temperance. Sanity: the sound judgement of cordiality. Restraint: the wisdom inspired by the […]

Arcadi Oliveres, tireless conscience agitator. Obituary

On April 7th, a day after the theologian Hans Küng, Arcadi Oliveres (Barcelona), died at 76 of pancreatic cancer. Professor of Economics at the University, but above all street activist, scourge of injustice, accomplished fighter against big oligopolies and their executive directors, he favoured social movements rather than political parties. His program: anticapitalism, civil disobedience, […]

I choose to believe in God

I have no scientific proof that God exists, nor of what there may be after death. By now, when I am into my 80s, my faith is riddled with doubts. I’m bubbling with questions as I face the structural cruelties of the powerful, the suffering of the innocent, the poverty of so many people, natural […]

What did we rise to life to?

Did you rise to life from isolation? Did you rise to life from money? Did you rise to life from sadness? Did you rise to life from the plaintive complaint? Do I still smell dead or did I rise to life? Did I return to walk through justice paths? Do I continue the same or […]

Life, death and resurrection of sexual morality

In the 30th year of the common era, better known in the “western world” as “A.D.”, when the first full moon of spring illuminated the night of Palestine, a young and free prophet called Jesus of Nazareth was arrested, summarily tried and sentenced by the Roman procurator to die on a cross at the request, […]

Loreto, a bright life

Loreto Rey Arnáiz has left an indelible memory in many people. Her task has been a permanent call to live joyfully in favour of others, particularly those who suffer the most in our world. She belonged to the Workers’ Vanguard Christian Community from its start, and suffered a multitude of searches by Franco’s police in […]

‘TO LIVE LIKE THAT’ in Arantzazu

I doubt there is a more appropriate building than the Arantzazu Basilica to offer and enjoy the concert “Horrela Bizitzeko” (To live like that). But much courage was needed to organize that concert there, because certain things are still too hard on the ears of the Church. A lot of courage was needed, and the […]

Bird confidences

Faithful alarm clock and echo of so many human conversations that tell us what we do not sing: silent loves, exciting proposals, indecent reconciliations,fiery love, quieter struggles one step away from throwing in the towel. (Toño Martinez. This morning listening to a bird on my balcony) Translated from Spanish by Andrea González Tamayo