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Pondering the Word: An Introduction to the Scriptures of Other FaithsAbout the eventFollowing last year's series on general Conversations in Faith, this year's series will focus on the Scriptures of world faith traditions.  Each session will provide an opportunity to learn about the Scriptures of the faith in question, to hear what meaning they have for believers, to ponder a text in a silent and prayerful atmosphere, and to reflect on connections.The coordinator of this series is Sr...
‘My thoughts are not your thoughts, my ways are not your ways’ says the Lord. Isaiah 55.8  That seems an appropriate way to begin any reflection on how faith works. Some days you walk on water, other days you sink like a stone. You live with a deep secret, that sometimes you know, and then not, and then know again. Sometimes you feel the real presence, other times you feel just absence.Like love, faith is a journey, with constant ups and downs, with alternating periods of...
Detail from a 19th-century carved mother-of-pearl shell which is used in baptisms.
In the baptised we expect to see both an openness to human need and a corresponding openness to the Holy Spirit, a constant recovering, re-enacting of the Father’s embrace of Jesus in the Holy Spirit. The baptised person is not only in the middle of human suffering and muddle but in the middle of the love and delight of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. That surely is one of the extraordinary mysteries of being Christian.We are in the middle of two things that seem quite contradictory: in...
Video of hJ7W5ldFqFM Five Tips for Catholic FreshersThe first weeks of Uni will probably be the most exciting times you’ll ever experience. They can also be some of the most stressful. This is true especially for those who’ve been observing their Catholic faith before coming to Uni. You might feel anxious that you will be pressured to move away from your faith. If you feel you want to continue to be a Catholic when you begin at University, or maybe to explore your...
In a culture that can seem obsessed with celebrity, that even grades them A-List, B-List etc. – the church celebrated on Sunday 29th June two of our foremost saints.  Saints Peter and Paul have been called the indispensable men of the early church: Peter who has the unique authority that Jesus conferred to him, who is given the keys to heaven, Petrus the Rock on which Jesus says "I will build my Church".  And Paul, the great missionary, who first takes the news of the...