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Sun breaking through the clouds
One of the reasons why we struggle with faith at times is that God’s presence in us and in our world is rarely dramatic, something impossible to ignore. God doesn’t work like that. Rather God’s presence, much to our frustration and impatience at times, is something quiet and seemingly helpless inside us, rarely making waves. Because we are not sufficiently aware of this, we tend to misunderstand the dynamics of faith and find ourselves habitually trying to ground our faith precisely something...
Jesuits a fun look at different points of view
My nine months in London have flown by quickly and have been a very positive experience. It took me a while to get accustomed to the length of time it takes to travel around and to the busy streets and tube stations, but in the end, I’ve become just another guy running to catch the train before the doors close. The centre is a very international one with Jesuit scholastics coming not only from Europe, but from across India, Africa and even South America (like me).  We are about 40...
Pope Francis yesterday welcomed the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to the Vatican for an evening of prayers for peace in the region. The occasion came just weeks after the last round of US-sponsored negotiations collapsed and following the Holy Father’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land last month at which he invited the two men to his 'home' for what has been termed a Prayer Encounter.Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas embraced in the...
Today’s prayer encounter with the Presidents of Israel and Palestine at the Vatican will provide space for people to stand back from the Middle East conflict and “recreate a desire for change”, according to the Franciscan Custos of the Holy Land, Fr Pierbattista Pizzaballa”. He was speaking at a press conference on Friday, at which he and the head of the Holy See’s press office, Fr Federico Lombardi SJ, announced details of the encounter between Pope Francis,...
The Presidents of Israel and Palestine will travel to the Vatican this Sunday, 8 June to pray for peace with Pope Francis. Leaders Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas accepted the Pope's invitation to pray together at 'his home' after he issued it during his Apostolic Journey to the Holy Land last month.It was after celebrating Mass in Manger Square, Bethlehem and reciting the Regina Coeli that Pope Francis addressed the two leaders: “In...
I was born in Liverpool and started at the Jesuit College there at the age of 8. My dominant memory of my 10 and a half years at St Francis Xavier's was of friendly Jesuits, particularly the young Jesuits doing there regency, who took us for hikes and supervised sports. From there, I went to Liverpool University to find one of my teachers there as Chaplain, Fr Vincent Wilkin SJ. At first, the chaplaincy was not my dominant interest but then they put on a play and I was given a minor part...
Man praying
Christ invites us to love each other as he loves us.   He doesn't say, love each other according to the spontaneous movements of our heart; nor, love each other as society defines love, but rather; ‘Love each other as I have loved you’ (John 15.12).  How well have we done that over the centuries?  How well do we do it today? Loving like Christ means loving our enemies, turning the other cheek, reaching out to embrace those who hate us, praying for those who oppose us.   Have we forgiven those...
Fr Simon Bishop SJ will be leading a retreat-cum-holiday for young adults in July, with Sister MaryAnne Francalanza fcJ. Fr Bishop, who was Chaplain at the University of Oxford and is now Director of Spirituality for the Jesuits in Britain, says it will be a wonderful opportunity for young adults (18-30) who wish to take stock of their lives to enjoy a time of rest, while exploring ways of praying and of finding God more deeply in their lives. Sr MaryAnne was born in Malta and gained an MSc in...
Man praying with icon of the Trinity
The first half of our journey through life, according to Ronald Rolheiser OMI,  is a struggle with the untamed energies of youth - restlessness, sexuality, the ache for intimacy, the push for achievement,  the search for a moral cause, the hunger for roots, and the longing for a companionship and a place that feels like home.  The second half is more a struggle with God. It's not easy, he says, especially when we're young, to make peace with the fires inside us. We need to establish our own...

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