The Radiant Faith of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (III)

Rose-Marie Barandiaran: is it not thanks to the “withdrawal of God” that man allows himself to be reached by him? Why, then, do we invoke him in our crises? Why do we separate the worldly from the sacred? Jesus was not a priest. He was simply human. If we take God’s sufferings seriously, if we […]

The Radiant Faith of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (& II)

Rose-Marie-Barandiaran: “God is not beyond the boundaries of this world, but at the centre of this world in life and goodness.” For the German pastor, this centre is Reality itself, in other words, “God is the absolute centre of reality.”  Does this idea resonate with you, José? José Arregi: Absolutely. It is one of Bonhoeffer’s expressions […]

Spirituality and Transcendence: how to live the old age

              (Lecture delivered in the SUMMER COURSES of the UPV-EHU –University of the Basque Country–, in the Course “Meaning and spirituality of life. Taking on new dimensions in the old age paradigms”, in Miramar Palace, Donostia-San Sebastian, September 13, 2021) I start these reflections with two biblical sentences and three introductory observations. “A rich experience […]

Papacy for another century

In 1995, Pope John Paul II in the Encyclical Ut unum sint expressed willingness to seek a new way of exercising the primacy of the Bishop of Rome as a ministry of communion for all the Churches. The proposal sparked interest in all churches, but was quite soon forgotten. In the pages that follow I […]

The Spirit that moans in all beings

 Notes for a liberating eco-spirituality.   Or notes for eco-liberating spirituality. Whichever. An authentic spirituality, whether religious or not, is essentially ecological. An ecological spirituality is necessarily liberating, and a liberating spirituality is necessarily ecological. And only an ecological and liberating life is truly “spiritual” regardless of whether it is or is not coated in […]