Lent

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Peter Gallagher SJ considers how Jesus's oblique speaking and silent writing in the sand effectively communicate with us.      The effective ‘if’Jesus wrote in the sand while the scribes talked to him. We would treasure anything he wrote. They, however, must have sensed that he was ignoring them. We long for our Saviour’s communications: we want thoroughly to understand his teaching. The scribes approached Jesus hoping to trap him. We come near the Lord with love...
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          It was blazing but it was not being burnt. God spoke to Moses from the intensity of a fire which burns brightly but does not consume. God made himself present in a conflagration which was not a destruction.On the Third Sunday of Lent we meditate on God’s presence in our life, on what he is saying to us. We pray to the Lord who purifies us without destroying us. God loves us all intensely. He speaks to us sometimes amid what we might...
Transfiguration of Jesus Credit Armando Alemdar Ara
Peter Gallagher SJ reflects on how the glory of God can give energy to our Lenten journey.         Peter and his companions were heavy with sleep.  We know this feeling.  We are sometimes very tired.  Our weariness affects our view of Lent.  We would like to live the best possible Lent but energy can be lacking. At the same time, we are not so torpid or so short of spiritual ambition that we would not like Lent to go well. Weary...
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           My father was a wandering Aramaean said Moses, taking stock.  He was grateful to have arrived in a land of milk and honey and now looked back to see how the goodness and generosity of God had placed him in this excellent situation, conscious of how far he had come. My father went down into Egypt, to take refuge there, insignificant, but there became great, mighty and strong, despite harsh treatment. We all have...
St Paul's Bookshop in High Street Kensington was packed last Monday, for the launch of Sr Gemma Simmonds CJ's new book: 'The Way of Ignatius - A Prayerful Journey Through Lent', published by SPCK.An audio adaptation of the text will be heard throughout Lent on the online prayer app and website Pray As You Go, a production by Jesuit Media Initiatives in which Sr Gemma is regularly involved. Born as a collaboration with Sacred Space, the 2019 Lent retreat will follow the book in its exploration...
Walking together with Jesus
For Lent, the Jesuits in Britain invite you to share a spiritual journey with others. Building on the success of the Ignatian Spirituality Centre in Glasgow's Lent Retreat in 2018, the 2019 retreat ‘Walking together with Jesus’ will explore different ways of praying, modelled on Ignatian Spirituality. There will be the choice of three different pathways to live in this time of preparation, encouraging, in particular, a fruitful shared experience.The first option is to join a face to face weekly...
Dr Michael D. Hurley
G. M. Hopkins, A. Conan Doyle, J.R.R. Tolkien.A Tablet event in conjunction with Stonyhurst College (part of the Stonyhurst 425 Lenten lectures series)Join us at Farm Street for an evening with Dr Michael D. Hurley as he explores the subject of Weird Science and the Search for God.Followed by Q&As – Drinks and canapés – Book sales and signingsDr Michael D. Hurley teaches English Literature at the University of Cambridge, he has been a Visiting Scholar in the English Department at Harvard,...
St Ignatius parish in Stamford Hill was open throughout the night on Friday, as it hosted "24 hours for the Lord". This annual initiative which began in the year of mercy is an invitation to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation in the context of Eucharistic adoration.This year, inspired by the words of Psalm 130:4, “With you is forgiveness,” Pope Francis invited the worldwide church to take part from Friday 9th March to Saturday 10th March, opening their doors for 24 consecutive hours.The...
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“The man who lives by the truth comes out into the light,so that it may be plainly seen that what he does is done in God.”When I was a novice, I used to work in a parish where – because they were giving me all the bad jobs - they put me on what we used to call “drinkers’ duty”. Every morning, from about 7 o’clock onwards, about 20-30 men and women would come up to the church and they would stop in and tell me how much alcohol they had drunk the previous day. And my job was to write it down –...
As we continue through Lent towards Holy Week, Good Friday and Holy Saturday we are asked not to rush, not to start preparations for the resurrection, but to wait, to understand our own powerlessness. On International Women’s Day, we begin to listen to the voices of women who, on Holy Saturday, are doing just that. They are women of God, who have been present in Jesus’s life; women whose stories are often told but not always heard; strong women, loving women who, even though they do not fully...

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