“Stay awake, praying at all times for the strength to survive all that is going to happen, and to stand with confidence before the Son of Man.” In the Gospel for the first Sunday of Advent we are reminded of the need to pray at all times; to light in our hearts a fire that never goes out.
Paul O’Reilly is a Jesuit priest who is also a GP working with street homeless in Westminster. For this weekend’s Feast of Christ the King he reflects on the humble service which living a Christ-like life entails.
The more we use a prayer formula, the less we attend to the words used: what counts is the thought or intention or just the feeling that happens to go with the formula. Joseph Munitiz SJ considers the "Hail Mary" as an example.
All major religions believe that the first thing we need to affirm about God is that God is ineffable, beyond all human imagination and language. Everything we think and say about God reveals some truth, but, this side of eternity, never the complete truth. No dogma and no religion provides an adequate expression of God.