Godtalk

Part of our saying ‘yes’ to God, our doing his will, is our penitent acknowledgement that we have often said and done the opposite. We first said ‘no’. Only later did we begin to do and say ‘yes’. Deeds are more important than words.  All the better, however, to achieve coherence between what we say and what we do.  We desire to do what God wants and do so wholeheartedly, even joyfully.  Our seeking God’s will extends to endeavouring not only to obeying his commands but also to...
Why have you been standing here idle all day?[1]We are most of us slow to learn to love God.  Examining our life, we realise that we have focused on many other things before trying to give the central place to God.   Late have I loved thee [2] prayed Augustine, expressing a regret about this tardiness.   The landowner’s phrase, standing here idle all day, could seem less apt.  We have been busy with other things, some of them important.  Yes, we have come late...
Were you not bound, then, to have pity on your fellow servant just as I had pity on you? [1]The parable shares with us no reply from the unforgiving servant.  Silent, he is handed over to the torturers [2].   What could he say?  Forgiven a great deal himself, he refused forgiveness to one who owed him a comparative trifle.  Decency, justice and sweet reason seemed to mean nothing to him.   He had asked for mercy and received it abundantly but could not show it...
Where two or three meet in my name, I shall be there with them[1]. Christ’s presence in our life is indispensable.  We always need him and he is always close to us.   We acknowledge this presence by prayer as often as we can.  Sometimes a substantial amount of time can be devoted to this acknowledgement.  At other moments, the prayer, which honours his presence, is a brief connecting to the One who is most important to us.  Our wanting to pray and our doing so...
In September, as the whole of humanity continues to grapple with the COVID pandemic, Pope Francis maintains his constant call to us all for a “globalisation of compassion”.The Pope continues to urge us through his worldwide prayer network, an apostleship of prayer that everyone can join, to take into our prayer these and all the challenges that face humanity and the church’s mission. In September, the particular form that takes is a prayer for our common home, our planet – we are invited to...
Jesus gives us life.  I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full [1]. The fullness of life, the chief gift of Christ, is conferred on those who believe in him and put their faith into practice.  Membership of the Body of Christ enables the best kind of life.   The Lord, who has risen from the dead and ascended, shares with his friends the divine way of being.  This gift transforms their present existence and equips them for eternity. He will...
But you, he said, who do you say I am? [1].  There is no more important question.  Who is Jesus Christ?  The question presses all of us. Do we know him? Is he truly our lord?  Are we genuinely his disciples?  Do we take account of his active presence, every day, in our life?  Are we in communication with him?  Then Simon Peter spoke up.  You are the Christ, he said, the Son of the living God [2].  Jesus honours the right answer, which has been...
Today the Virgin Mother of God was assumed into heaven as the beginning and image of your Church’s coming to perfection and a sign of sure hope and comfort to your pilgrim people [1]. The Assumption encourages us in our trust that the journey on which we have embarked will bring us one day into the eternal presence of God.  As we honour Our Lady carried up incorrupt to heaven we renew out faith that we ourselves, as parts of the Body of Christ, are on the road to happiness with God...
PRAYING WITH THE POPE IN AUGUST – FOR THOSE AT SEA.This most extraordinary year of pain and suffering continues into the late summer, in this hemisphere, extraordinary in many ways but not least that its global pandemic is affecting, almost certainly, every single human on the face of the earth. It makes you think of that powerful contemplation of St.Ignatius Loyola, in the Spiritual Exercises, in which he invites you to imagine how the Blessed Trinity gazes timelessly down on the whole globe,...
There is no need for them to go [1].  With these words the Lord responds to the suggestion of the disciples: send the people away [2]. Forgetful of the power of Christ, his followers are tempted to think that there is no way of truly helping those who are seeking the sustenance which only he can give. Sending such seekers away seems prudent and modest.  Let them fend for themselves, while there is still time. Foraging alone they will not be in competition with everyone else....

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