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Woman walking a tight rope
If the story of the Good Samaritan was the only parable of Jesus, it might seem that Christianity is simply a matter of helping others;  nothing there about private prayer or public worship, nothing about spiritual reading - or even listening to sermons!  And the only mention of religious leaders was not exactly flattering   But when we read the story of Martha and Mary, the opposite impression is given.  Martha is necessarily busy in serving others, while Mary sits close to Jesus, doing...
Image of a smiling boy
Nothing human can escape the delight God takes in it since the Infinite Wisdom designed for Herself a human heart in the birth of the Christchild. God has created man in His own image and, in a sense, has married human nature to the Universe. That is not to say that the Universe belongs to humanity; rather humanity belongs to the universe in Christ who offers it up in himself to his beloved Father.In the glorious urban jungles of humanity, in places like India, for example, a boy is born to...
Pray as you go is pleased to announce the launch of a dedicated mobile app for both Android and iOS devices.  PAYG started eight years ago, and now with 60,000 users per month, in 180 countries for the English language version alone (it is also available in six other languages). Pray as you go is launching this app as a new development of its ministry, allowing smart phone and tablet users easier access to material from the Pray as you go website.The app allows users to go straight to the...
There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others of our friendship with Him.” Pope Benedict XVI's homily at his Mass of Inauguration, St. Peter's Square, April 2005   
Novena of Grace 15.pdfNext Tuesday, 4 March, we will begin our Novena of Grace with St Francis Xavier SJ.  A prayer booklet has been prepared by two alumnae of the chaplaincy at Oxford University, under Fr Simon Bishop SJ, the Director of Spirituality for the Jesuits in Britain. The prayer booklet combines the words and example of Pope Francis and those of St Francis Xavier SJ. “They are of a kindred Spirit and are perfectly matched,” says Fr Simon. “I hope anyone who...
This is the second reflection, commemorating the two hundredthanniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus. A reflectionon the life of Pedro Arrupe.  The St Thomas Music Group sing Mysterium Amoris by Margaret Rizza, froma text by John Main: The meaning of life is the mystery of Love. Just as theroots of trees hold firm in the soil, so it is the roots of love that hold theground of our being together. Pedro Arrupe was born in 1907, and was the first Basque since...
For St Ignatius, the loving God is very active in our lives, seeking to heal us and bring us closer to Him and to one another. He encourages us to enter the Gospel scenes with the help of our imaginations and thus get to know Jesus personally whom we can trust and say anything to. We open up ourselves to Him so that He we can see and hear Him. This enables us to recognise Him more deeply in our everyday lives. Life and prayer become integrated, prayer making more sense of life and life being at...
Prayer is different things to different people:a conversation with Godpaying loving attention to Godreflection on God’s presencea request for help from GodFinding God in all things is at the heart of Ignatian Spirituality. We try to grow in our awareness that God can be found in all people, in all of Creation, actively at work in the world.  Our way of praying helps us to pay more attention to God, and helps us understand and identify His actions in our lives and in the world...

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