Theophilus: The Student Journal of Catholic Theological Union 2017-08-02T09:28:17-05:00 Andrew Nicholas Cirillo Open Journal Systems <p><em>Theophilus</em> is a student managed, reviewed, and edited Catholic journal of theology and pastoral ministry. It publishes peer-reviewed articles written by students of Catholic Theological Union. <em>Theophilus</em> is an online, open-access journal published by Catholic Theological Union through its Paul Bechtold Library.</p> Cover Image 2017-05-04T14:28:10-05:00 Andrew Nicholas Cirillo Jason D. Graves, O.F.M. Cap. 2017-05-02T00:00:00-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## About the Journal 2017-05-04T14:27:46-05:00 Andrew Nicholas Cirillo Jason D. Graves, O.F.M. Cap. 2017-05-02T00:00:00-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Editorial 2017-05-04T15:03:57-05:00 Andrew Nicholas Cirillo Jason D. Graves, O.F.M. Cap. 2017-05-02T00:00:00-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Matthew's Fifth Antithesis and Domestic Violence 2017-05-04T15:14:51-05:00 Michael J. Brennan, O.Praem. <p>Our country is strained by the violent rhetoric of political divisiveness and the shooting deaths of men and women on our city streets.&nbsp; And these are just a sampling of the incidents that attract major headlines; much of the violence that occurs does not ever enter into the public consciousness.&nbsp; One of the types of violence that lurks below the surface is violence that occurs within the home.&nbsp; It is to this world of yesteryear and today, a world soaked in violence that Jesus addresses his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).&nbsp; In this article, I offer a socio-rhetorical analysis of Jesus’ fifth antithesis (5:38-42), which seeks to break cycles of violence and can be read as an exhortation to church leaders of today to understand and speak out against domestic violence.&nbsp;</p> 2017-05-02T00:00:00-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Kenotic and Trinitarian Theology in Interreligious Dialogue 2017-05-04T14:25:56-05:00 Mary Jo Curtsinger, C.S.J. <p>The Catholic Church has made great progress in interreligious theology and affairs since the Second Vatican Council.&nbsp; &nbsp;Yet Catholic theologian Peter Phan has asserted that most post-Conciliar theologies of religion continue to reflect fulfillment theory, i.e., of the understanding that other religions are ultimately fulfilled in Christianity.&nbsp; This paper explores how the theology of interreligious dialogue of Jacques Dupuis, S.J. aligns with Phan’s tracing of a <em>kenotic</em> <em>theology</em> <em>of</em> <em>religions</em> which is genuinely Christian without relying on fulfillment theory. &nbsp;&nbsp;It is proposed that the contours of Phan’s vision of a kenotic way of being in relationship interreligiously has been heroically fleshed out in the lives of two communities of Catholic Christians, cultures apart:&nbsp; the Cistercian community of Our Lady of Atlas in Tibhirine, Algeria, led by Dom Christian de Chergé, OCSO (d. 1996) and the pastoral teams of the Diocese of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, led by Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia (d. 2011.)&nbsp;&nbsp; These lives have served as signs of an ultimate Christian perspective of eschatological hope.</p> 2017-05-02T00:00:00-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Understanding Mary in Muslim-Christian Dialogue in Relation to Muslim Missionary Instruction and Christian Proclamation 2017-05-04T14:26:18-05:00 Donald H. J. Hermann <p>This article will consider the proper place of Mary in Muslim-Christian dialogue.&nbsp; Theological dialogue is identified as one of the major forms of interreligious interaction.&nbsp; However, it is asserted that dialogue is most useful when it is constrained by the commitment to mission by the members of the respective faiths that are in dialogue.&nbsp; In Muslim-Christian dialogue constraints are imposed by the Islamic obligation of da-wa or missionary instruction and the Christian mission of proclamation.</p> <p>Much of Muslim-Christian dialogue on Mary has focused on commonalities of biographical accounts of Mary in the Bible and the Qur’an.&nbsp; However, because of differences in fundamental theological convictions, such dialogue fails to produce significant insight and can lead to mere acceptance of oppositional belief.&nbsp; Instead, dialogue which focuses on basic religious problems such as the role of humans in divine revelation can lead to shared insights.&nbsp; One example views Mary as the means to a virgin or divine birth, and Muhammad as the means of transmitting the word of God directly into the Arabic Qur’an.&nbsp; Another views Mary and Muhammad as the bearers of “God’s word.”&nbsp; These examples of authentic Christian-Muslim dialogue establish the possibility of authentic theological dialogue undertaken consistently within the Christian mission of proclamation and the Islamic direction of <em>da’wa</em>.</p> 2017-05-02T00:00:00-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Moved from His Inward Parts: Jesus’s Human and Divine Compassion in the Gospel of Luke 2017-05-04T14:26:34-05:00 Gerald E. Nora <p>In the Raising of the Widow’s Son at Nain (Lk 7:11-17), the Evangelist describes Jesus as moved by compassion when he sees a widow mourning the loss of her only son.&nbsp; This is an unusual description of Jesus’s emotions in Luke’s Gospel.&nbsp; Of the twenty-one signs and miracles in Luke’s Gospel, it is the only instance when we are told Jesus’s feelings.&nbsp; This article proposes that the Evangelist intended Jesus’s emotion at Nain to signal an important prophetic fulfillment as well as to introduce an important literary motif for Luke’s theology of love.&nbsp; A story that is rarely included in the Church’s Sunday readings, the miracle at Nain was written to unite three prominent liturgical readings from Luke’s Gospel: the Benedictus, the Good Samaritan, and the Prodigal Son. &nbsp;&nbsp;If its meaning and context are recovered, Jesus’s compassion at Nain will amplify our understanding of these prominent passages and enable a more effective evangelization from Luke’s Gospel.</p> 2017-05-02T00:00:00-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## The Comfort and Challenge of Julian of Norwich’s Showings for Contemporary Catholic Spirituality 2017-08-02T09:28:17-05:00 Esther Sanborn <p>This paper attempts to reclaim a spiritual classic, Julian of Norwich’s <em>Showings</em>, for a contemporary Catholic audience.&nbsp; I begin by introducing <em>Showings </em>and reviewing Julian’s use of maternal imagery for the divine.&nbsp; Next I engage contemporary scholarship in a theological and historical-critical analysis of the text.&nbsp; Then I suggest how Julian’s imagery of divine motherhood offers both comfort and challenge to contemporary Catholics.&nbsp; I conclude that Julian’s Christ-centered Trinitarian theology has enduring value for Catholic spirituality.</p> 2017-05-02T00:00:00-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Power Speaking Truth to Power: The Role of the Church 2017-05-04T14:40:23-05:00 Willie Cobb 2017-05-02T00:00:00-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Political Divisions and the Consistent Ethic: Can Bernardin’s Vision Unify Catholics Toward a Common Mission? 2017-05-04T14:28:46-05:00 Rachelle Kramer 2017-05-02T00:00:00-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##