Spiritual Journeys

God did not spare his own Son but gave him up to benefit us all [1].  To save the world, the Father allows the Son to suffer and to die. The passion, death and resurrection of Christ bring about our salvation.  In Lent we prepare to remember and to celebrate the paschal mystery.  Already we look forward to the rising from the dead: after he had told the disciples of his coming Death, on the holy mountain he manifested to them his glory, to show, even by the testimony of the law...
He was with the wild beasts. For forty days in the desert Jesus was in the company of the animals. He came to no harm.   Long before, God made an agreement with Noah: I establish my covenant with you and your descendants, also with every living creature to be found with you, birds, cattle and every wild beast with you; everything that came out of the ark, everything that lives on the earth [1].  A harmony is established after earlier upheaval.  Peace comes after long turmoil...
The former leper rushed to inform all the world about Jesus and his astonishing powers.  He had been told not to: sternly [1].   The result of this indiscretion was that the Lord was mobbed everywhere. He ended up having to lurk on the edge of where most people lived.  Curiously enough this was the very place where, before his cure, the leper had been obliged to loiter. It had been prescribed that lepers should live apart, outside the camp [2].  They were obliged to...
Everybody is looking for you[1].   In our different ways, we are all seeking Christ.  The search for beauty, goodness and truth takes people to Jesus.  He is the fulfilment of our best desires.  We who are his friends know that to find him is to have satisfied an insistent longing.   When he reveals himself to us, we are prompted to seek more understanding.  He always gives us his whole self.  However, there is work to be done in receiving and...
FEBRUARY – REPENT OF VIOLENCE TO WOMEN, SAYS POPEFebruary brings us Ash Wednesday and begins our Lenten repentance and renewal. It brings us a new Intention from Pope Francis, a prayer from his own heart that he’d like us to take into our hearts and our own prayer. The Pope encourages us to consider, prayerfully, gender-based violence and, since faith is the daily living-out of prayer, to find ways of supporting and advocating for women who are being harmed. The Intention this month invites us...
What do you want with us Jesus of Nazareth?  Have you come to destroy us? [1]  The unclean spirit put these questions, but they might come from any of us.  Sometimes we wonder resentfully what Jesus wants with us.  Our joy and gratitude that he has come to save us can transform themselves into an indignation at his demands. ‘Life is hard enough,’ we find ourselves thinking, ‘without the additional burden placed on us by the Lord.’  ‘His commands are too hard to obey.’ ‘...
Follow me and I will make you into fishers of men [1].   To follow Christ is to be changed.  He transforms his followers so as to enable them to be what God has always wanted them to be.  That fishermen will be turned into fishers of men suggests that the new person has something in common with the old.   Our re-committing ourselves to Jesus will alter us, but not beyond all recognition.   We do not follow Christ to escape from our responsibilities....
Samuel grew up and the Lord was with him and let no word of his fall to the ground [1].  Living in the sanctuary at Shiloh, guarding the Ark of the Covenant, completely dedicated to God’s service, nothing that Samuel did was without spiritual value.  Just as God’s own word always achieves what it intends [2] so the words and deeds of his servants are purposeful and productive.  When Hannah gives thanks for the birth of Samuel she says that the Lord is the God of knowledge and by...
BEGIN THE YEAR with a PRAYER FOR FULL FELLOWSHIPA greater sense of human solidarity has grown among us, as we ended a dreadful year, yet it wasn’t universal. The longed-for advent of viable vaccines was accompanied by rich nations buying up huge stocks, leaving Majority World nations struggling. Some people appeared to relegate the common good to second place if their own comfort was affected by COVID mitigations. Pope Francis has chosen to highlight human fraternity for the first intention of...
The angel went in and said to her, “Rejoice so highly favoured”[1].  The prayer called the Angelus[2] recalls Gabriel’s visit to Our Lady.  The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary, and she conceived by the Holy Spirit.  The Angelus is a prayer of thanksgiving for the incarnation. In the morning, at midday and in the evening, that the word was made flesh, and dwelt among us [3] can be gratefully remembered.  To repeat the Angelus at various times during the day is an effort...

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