finding God

On Thursday 19th April boys and girls in Rudiments (Year 8) at Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall went to Whalley Abbey for their annual retreat.The theme was 'Finding God in All things'. The day was a wonderful opportunity for the pupils to deepen their relationship with God, to spend time away from their everyday  school environment and to come to know themselves more intimately.The group was joined by Franciscans from Leeds and Bradford: Fr Chris McBride, and Sisters Faustina and Therese. The...
Michelangelo's Pieta
The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines prayer as ‘raising the mind and heart to God’.  For centuries, the Church realised that the arts were one of the best ways of achieving this.  Any list of the greatest artistic achievements of all time will be dominated by religious works: in sculpture, Michelangelo’s Pietà; in painting, Leonardo’s Last Supper; in music, Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus; in architecture, the mediaeval cathedrals.  The best...
Image of Doves with text: Seek His Kingdom First
When we pray the Lord’s Prayer we ask for God’s kingdom to come, God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. But that can sound rather cold and impersonal. When we hear St Paul describing the effects of the Holy Spirit of God as love (charity), joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control, it sounds more encouraging. And St Paul adds elsewhere in his letters humility and forgiveness, everything that is excellent and honourable and worthy of...
A cartoon of a group of people
Christmas marked the fulfilment of the Hebrew scripture with the arrival of the Messiah, the Christ child. The Feast of the Epiphany shows us Christ presented to the world. In the child Jesus, God came to share in our humanity so that we might share in his divinity. When God became human he met us in a real, authentic way. This is still where we find God today, in our common humanity. Our humanity has become God’s home. It follows that our tendency to protect ourselves by making...