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About Christine Wood

Christine E. Wood teaches Biblical and Systematic Theology at John Paul the Great Catholic University, San Diego, and spends a number of months each year in Sydney teaching courses for the St. John Centre for Biblical Studies. Meet Christine

‘Christians in the Public Square,’ by Dr. Christine E. Wood

"Sir Thomas More" by Hans Holbein, the Younger (1527) Christians are being persecuted increasingly in different ways in Western society. Recently, ISIS-motivated extremists murdered Fr Jacques Hamel, a French Catholic priest, during Mass in his church. Christians in many Western countries are forced, sometimes under threat of imprisonment, to accept the redefinition of marriage to [...]

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‘The Spirituality of the Catechist,’ by Dr. Christine E. Wood

"Baptism of St Augustine" by Benozzo Gozzoli (1464-65) The spirituality of the catechist springs from the vocation and mission of the catechist. As with every member of the faithful, catechists are called to holiness and mission. First, catechists’ spirituality is marked by an openness to God’s Word, to the Church and to the world. Since [...]

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‘The Role of the Catechist (Part II),’ by Dr. Christine E. Wood

Pope John Paul II (1980) In a previous article, I wrote about the Role of the Catechist in transmitting the Christian faith. Essentially, the catechist’s place is within the process of evangelising people, i.e. in bringing people to a personal faith in Jesus Christ, and inserting them into the whole life of the Church. The [...]

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‘The Role of the Catechist (Part I),’ by Dr. Christine E. Wood

St. John Bosco (1887), Patron of Catechists All Christians are called to spread the joy of the Gospel. Pope Francis says we are to be “missionary disciples” in the world, telling people about Jesus Christ and his message of salvation, and bringing them into union with Christ in his Church. The catechist plays an important [...]

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‘Proclaiming Jesus Christ as the Centre of the Universe and of History,’ by Dr. Christine E. Wood

“The Redeemer of man, Jesus Christ, is the centre of the universe and of history.”[1] Pope John Paul II penned these words at the beginning of his first encyclical, Redemptor hominis, in 1979. As Catholics we are called to reawaken within us the awareness of the fundamental truth of our Christian faith, which St. John [...]

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‘Contemplating the Face of Christ and Interpreting Scripture,’ By Dr. Christine E. Wood

Our witness of Christ to the world is hopelessly inadequate if we fail to contemplate his face.[1] We must, therefore, meditate frequently on the Scriptures, which are permeated by the mystery of Christ. Christ is present in the Old Testament in a veiled manner; he is fully revealed in the New Testament. St Paul speaks [...]

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‘Authentic Human Development as a Response to Openness to Christ,’ by Dr. Christine E. Wood

“Brothers and sisters, do not be afraid to welcome Christ and accept his power….Do not be afraid. Open wide the doors for Christ. To his saving power open the boundaries of States, economic and political systems, the vast fields of culture, civilisation and development. Do not be afraid. Christ knows ‘what is in man.’ He [...]

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‘Eternal Life and Love in Christ,’ by Dr. Christine E. Wood

Have you ever wondered what eternal life would be like? Freddie Mercury of the rock band Queen in singing “who wants to live for ever?” associates eternal life with love, while U2 sings about everlasting love and relates it among other things to strength, faithfulness, and enduring light. Christina Perri’s wedding song for the Twilight [...]

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‘Resurrection of the Dead’ by Dr. Christine E. Wood

“How can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?” St. Paul confronts the Corinthian community with this question which is germane for us even today (1 Cor 15:12). Although Christians have believed in the resurrection of the dead from the time of Christ’s Resurrection (CCC, 991), many people today consider [...]

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‘Christ is risen from the dead!’ by Dr. Christine E. Wood

The Resurrection of Jesus is the crowning truth of the Christian faith in Christ. As an historical event that is verified by the empty tomb and testimony of so many witnesses—the risen Christ appeared to five hundred people at one time (1 Cor 15:6)!—the Christian faith in the bodily Resurrection of Jesus gives us real [...]

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‘Christian Discipleship & Evangelisation,’ by Dr. Christine E. Wood

Pope Francis wrote, “In virtue of their baptism, all the members of the People of God have become missionary disciples. All the baptised, whatever their position in the Church or their level of instruction in the faith, are agents of evangelisation.”[1] What does it mean to be an “agent of evangelisation” and “missionary disciple”? Many fall [...]

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‘Evangelisation as the Divine Romance,’ by Dr. Christine E. Wood

The term evangelisation comes from the Greek word, evangelion, meaning good news or Gospel. The word occurs as far back as the writings of Homer where it is used as the announcement of the joy, goodness, and happiness of victory. The prophet Isaiah uses the word to announce joy from God of the imminent release [...]

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‘The Finality of Death is No More!’ by Dr. Christine E. Wood

The well-known aphorism, “there are two things certain in life: death and taxes,” is generally taken as a swipe at our onerous tax burdens. But how often do we reflect on the other inevitability? Most of us tend to avoid the uncomfortable thought of our last moment and what will come next. But isn’t it [...]

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‘How do I inherit Eternal Life?’ by Dr. Christine E. Wood

In the Scripture readings for the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time (Year C), we hear Moses’ words to Israel before the people crossed over the Jordan River into the Promised Land. Moses exhorts the people to obey God’s commandments, saying: “return to the LORD, your God, with all your heart and all your soul.” Moses [...]

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‘Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit,’ by Dr Christine E. Wood

The Vatican has approved the Revised Missal Third Typical Edition of the Order of Confirmation—the liturgical rite used for administering the Sacrament of Confirmation—which is now in use throughout Australia. The revised translation of the Order of Confirmation includes a return to the traditional, and more biblically-based names for the seven gifts of the Holy [...]

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