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Tag Archive for ‘conversion’

Thursday 18 April

Holy Thursday Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14; Psalm 116:12-13, 15-18; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-15 Heart-fulness Our conversion to Jesus Christ happens in our heart. There is no room for duplicity, living apparently as Catholic but having our hearts closed in on ourselves. Jesus picks up a basin and towel and kneeling before those he has called, […]

Friday 25 January

THE CONVERSION OF ST PAUL Acts 22:3-16 or Acts 9:1-22; Psalm 116 (117): Mark 16:15-18 Conversion Not all conversions are sudden. Sometimes conversion comes like the dawn, slowly and even imperceptibly. But the grace of conversion does come, and it has an element of wonder and surprise because it is essentially a change of thinking. […]

Sunday 9 December

2nd Sunday of Advent Baruch 5:1-9; Psalm 125 (126); Philippians 1:3-6, 8-11; Luke 3:1-6 Expand the mind As with the birth of Jesus (2:1-3), Luke places the Word of God coming to John the Baptist within the framework of the whole world – the Roman Empire, its local rulers in Palestine and the Jewish leadership. […]

Tuesday 31 July

St Ignatius of Loyola Jeremiah 14:17-22; Psalm 79; Matthew 13:36-43 For the greater glory of God After his conversion from a military life to following the way of the gospels, Ignatius travelled overland on pilgrimage from his native Spain to Jerusalem. He must frequently have prayed Psalm 79 – Lord will you be angry forever? […]

Tuesday 8 May

Acts 16:22-34; Psalm 138; John 16:5-11 Sing God’s praises It would be hard to sing praise just after a severe flogging and being put into stocks! But this is what Paul and Silas did and God was glorified by the conversion of all the prisoners (who had been listening and did not run away to […]

Saturday 10 March

Hosea 5:15-6:6; Psalm 51:3-4, 18-21; Luke 18:9-14 Come, let us return to the Lord The Lenten journey invites and challenges us to face into God’s call to ongoing conversion and repentance. Through his Prophet Hosea God says: “They will search for me in their misery,” so that, one day the people will repent, “Come, let’s […]

A School for Prayer (7)

The Way of the Desert (1) The Four Imperatives By Fr Craig  Larkin sm, 1943 – 2015 The Abbas and prayer The monks went into the Desert in order to find God, to fight the demons and to pray. But the Abbas were very reticent and discrete about their own inner life. There are very […]

Tuesday 17 October

ST IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH Romans 1:16-25; Psalm 19; Luke 11:37-41 Heart-fulness Our conversion to Jesus Christ happens in our heart. There is no room for duplicity, living apparently as Catholic but having our hearts enclosed within ourselves. St Ignatius of Antioch is one of our giants in knowing this, his heart was for Jesus and […]

A School for Prayer (4)

The Way of Beginnings By Fr Craig  Larkin sm, 1943 – 2015 From the Church Fathers The Fathers of the Church have left us some descriptions of how Christians prayed in the first centuries of the Church. St John Chrysostom: all take it for granted that every Christian would pray night and morning Clement of […]

Thursday 27 July

Exodus 19:1–2,9–11,16–20; Dan 3:52-56; Matthew 13:10–17 Speaking in parables To the disciples ‘it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven.’ They have responded to this gift given them by God. Faith is a gift. As yet, the eager crowd are not at that point, explains Jesus, so to them he […]