Spiritual Journeys

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....
By turning everything to their good, God cooperates with those who love him, with all those that he has called according to his purpose [1].   Our trust that the providence of God will ensure that everything will work out well in the end is linked to our deep desire to love God.   Let your love come to me and I shall live [2]. Our hope that all will turn out for the good is part of our devotion to God.  He has loved us: we long to love him back. He has created us and...
We are trying to please God.  With his help, we do as he asks.  That which we know is displeasing to him, we try to avoid.  Pleasing our creator is a lifelong task and engages our whole being. There is no god, other than you, who cares for everything [1].  There is sometimes a difficulty in giving proper weight to the Lord’s caring about all that happens.  Our remembrance of the steady divine concern is often quite dim.  However, every once in a while, our urgent...
The word that goes from my mouth does not return to me empty, without carrying out my will and succeeding in what it was sent to do [1]. Are we struck by the efficiency of God?  His word is effective.  The divine will is expressed and it is put into practice.  God commands: his creatures obey.  Guiltily we acknowledge that we, part of his creation, have not been consistently cooperative. We have heard the word and not done it.  Their ears are dull of hearing, and...
I bless you God for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children [1].   Our faith is in accessible truths, which govern our life.  When we believe in God and conduct ourselves on the basis of that belief then everything is different. All’s smitten through with Him [2].   Divine teaching is revealed to us in something like the way in which children apprehend what is important.  Our coming to know, for example, that God...

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