Eternal Life

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Peter Gallagher SJ helps us to focus not just on the dark entrance, but also on the light and wide space we will be able to enjoy once gone through the narrow door of Jesus’s way of life.Some Norman churches were built with a dark porch so that when people entered the inner door into the main church it was like going from darkness into spaciousness and light. The Lord says Try your best to enter by the narrow door, because I tell you many will try to enter and will not succeed (Luke 13.24). The...
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Eternal life, the rich fool, and vanity: Peter Gallagher SJ guides us through the Scripture readings of this first Sunday of August. The life you have is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3.3). Jesus is preparing us for eternal life. He is shaping everything we do and everything that happens to us to make us fit for heaven. Let your thoughts be on heavenly things not on the things that are on earth (Colossians 3.2). The hidden work of the Lord in us bears fruit in the lives we lead, in...
Divine Office - 7 times a day I praise thee
    In one of his conferences St Thomas Aquinas spoke of the pleasures of life everlasting with God. “It is fitting that the last article of faith in the creed should give expression to that which is the end of all our desires, namely eternal life, in the words, ‘Life everlasting, Amen.’" The first thing to be noted is that in eternal life we are united to God, since God himself is our reward and the end of all our labours: 'I am your shield and your very great reward...
Sunrise - Copyright Graham Loveland and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons.
Death is a stark reality of our existence.  No one  escapes its clutches.  Faced with this there is, understandably, a tendency even among Christians, to fear it and avoid the subject.  Yet the question stares us in the face:  what us the meaning of life and death?The answer is in what we  celebrate at Easter, because One death changed the meaning of all deaths.  The death of Christ on Calvary reversed the meaning of life.  Whereas the world sees death as...
Jesus transfigured in front of his disciples
The Transfiguration was a unique experience in the life of Jesus and the three disciples who witnessed it. Jesus' ''face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light". (Matt. 17:1-9)Moses and Elijah also appeared and talked with Jesus. Moses had been dead for about 1,500 years and Elijah for almost 1,000, yet there they were.A third phenomenon was the overshadowing cloud and the audible voice of God saying: "This is my son, the beloved; he enjoys my...