When we were younger we may have occasionally thought that there were things in our life which ought to be changed, but as we grow up, this desire tends to stall. We're left with the paradox of living the life of the Resurrection now, but also expecting it's fullness at the end of time. The Kingdom of God is already here but not fully; a present reality but in tension. It’s still coming, in its fullness; still to arrive in joyfulness.
St Ignatius was a skilled fundraiser who honoured the donors who enabled the Society of Jesus to grow and thrive so quickly in his lifetime. His only trip to Britain was in search of funds, and he rejoiced to find great generosity here.
Edmund Campion, born in London in 1540, was soon recognised as one of the most talented scholars of his generation. He was a master of Latin and Greek literature and philosophy, and distinguished himself for his oratory while at Oxford.
The Lord’s Prayer is an example for all prayer; 'Let your prayer be frequent and brief'’ say many writers. If we try too soon to spend a long time in prayer, the chances are we'll end up with cramp and lots of distractions. We'll find other things to think of apart from God. But 'frequent and brief does not mean just uttering the odd casual word. 'Frequent' means 'keep at it: make it habitual.' The more frequent the prayer becomes, the more we are caught up in the relationship between God the Son and God the Father.