Spiritual Journeys

You must be the only person staying in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have been happening there these last few days [1]. The stranger on the road to Emmaus seems out of touch to Cleopas and his fellow-disciple.  He does not know all about Jesus of Nazareth [2].  Yet it turns out that this ‘stranger’ who is walking by their side [3] is Jesus.  Something prevented them from recognising him [4].   What is it that impedes disciples, familiar with Christ...
Saint Augustine speculated that in heaven the glorified bodies of the martyrs might bear some traces of their sufferings. ‘Such scars will not be blemishes’ he wrote, ‘but, rather, marks of honour. Although corporeal they will shine out with a truly spiritual beauty.[1]’  This speculation reminds us of something important about the wounds on the body of the risen Christ.  The marks of his suffering do not detract from his glory but, instead, are part of it.   He showed them...
I have risen and I am with you still [1].   Jesus Christ has risen from the dead and is with us.  He continues his mission to bring us to the Father.  The resurrection leads us to God.   The stone was rolled away and the way, the truth and the life emerged.  The grave-clothes were abandoned and there was a clothing in glory.  Jesus, glorified, is present to us, guiding us towards the eternal life which he has inaugurated. His triumph over sin and death he...
Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow [1].Who are those who pass by the passion of Christ?  Matthew tells us about people who are involved, not about passers-by.  Our attention is drawn to the central figures and to those who have their moment of significance: Jesus, Peter, the faithful women, Judas, the high priest, Pilate, the thieves, the centurion and his soldiers, Joseph of Arimathaea and others.  His friends left Jesus...
We pray with the Pope each month, sharing his specific Intention for the challenges that face humanity and the church’s mission.  The pandemic that is sweeping the world at the moment is one of the greatest challenges that humanity has faced. It is, as this piece is being written, already causing numerous events and publications to be out-of-date and this Monthly Reflection, also prepared in advance, is likely to be somewhat redundant by the time you’re reading it in your diocesan...
The sisters sent this message to Jesus, ‘Lord, the man you love is ill.’ On receiving the message, Jesus said, ‘This sickness will not end in death but in God’s glory, and through it the Son of God will be glorified.’ [1] The world is sick.  As we pray during this trouble, we remember the creator’s love for us and for all that he has made. With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption [2]. Jesus reassures us that this sickness will not end in death.  Whatever happens,...
In a special edition of “The Pope Video“, the Holy Father asks us to pray for the sick and the suffering, while thanking all those who, united and regardless of their religious tradition or convictions, pray for those affected.(Vatican City, 24 March 2020) – The Holy Father Pope Francis wanted to share a particular prayer message in a special edition of The Pope Video, in an initiative of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. In a context marked by the global pandemic of the COVID-19...
I thirst [1], cried out Jesus just before he died.  Give me a drink [2].  The Lord asks for the help of those whom he has come to help.  It was about the sixth hour [3].  From the heart of his passion comes the cry I thirst.  Jesus thirsts for the salvation of the world.  If you only knew what God is offering, and who it is that is saying to you: Give me a drink [4].  We are slow to recognise our saviour on the cross and elsewhere. I wonder if he is the Christ...
When they raised their eyes they saw no one but only Jesus [1].   Lent focuses our attention on Christ.  We prepare to commemorate his passion, death and resurrection.  Others help us to see him properly.  He himself directs us to the service of others.  In the end, however, everyone else is unified in him.    He is in everyone who is served, even the least of his brothers and sisters [2].   Those who teach us and help us in our faith are...
This reflection is by Fr David Stewart SJ, National Director of the Pope's Global Prayer NetworkMarch’s Intention of the Holy Father, offered to the whole church and all people of good will through his own worldwide prayer-group, coincides with the 40th anniversary this month of the assassination of Saint Oscar Romero. It comes also as we suffer with the people of China, devastated by the outbreak of the Corona virus; innocent lives shattered, so many lives lost. The Pope asks us to pray this...

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