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Tag Archive for ‘culture’

Tuesday 24 June

Birth of St. John the Baptist Isaiah 49: 1-6, Ps.139, Acts 13:22-26, Luke 1: 57-66,80 God in the everyday Lay life should have an everyday prophetic understatement to it, and vowed religious life a visible, prophetic edge. Worshipping God on Sunday in a secular culture is an everyday prophetic act. We are all called by […]

Thursday 8 May

Acts 8:26-40, Ps 66, John 6:44-51 Reach out. It appears that the first foreigner to be baptized in Scripture was an Ethiopian eunuch who was normally excluded from religious practices. Phillip heard the Spirit and then travelled on a strange road to meet a “strange” person. Phillip’s yes to opening scripture with someone from a […]

Opening up to God

“Out of his infinite glory, may he give you the power through his Spirit for your hidden self to grow strong, so that Christ may live in your hearts through faith, and then, planted in love and built on love, you will with all the saints have the strength to grasp the breadth and the […]

Friday 9 August

Deuteronomy 4:32-40, Ps.77, Matthew 16:24-28 “He that seeks not the cross of Christ, seeks not the glory of Christ” (St. John of the Cross) Oh how my ego squirms at: ‘renounce yourself’. Nothing in our self-actualising culture accepts the scandal of the cross. Yet persistently Jesus says there is no other way into glory. The […]

Saturday 20 July

Exodus 12: 37-42, Ps. 136, Matthew 12: 14-21 Gentle background service Here is a picture of someone who is loved and who is gentle with others when meeting their needs. Bringing the truth to victory is a battle in today’s popular culture. Yet it must be done. Allowing the truth room to grow in my […]

Lifting the Veil

by Jane Kamerling, and Fred Gustafson, Members of the Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts  The veil has emerged in the 21st century as an international symbol that holds a variety of meanings. The veil can be understood as merely the customary dress of Arab women, a religious expression, or a political statement. For some women […]

Thursday 7 February

St. Paul Miki and Companions Hebrews 12:18-19, 21-24, Ps.48, Mark 6:7-13 Citizens of Heaven Paul Miki and his companions lived in fourteenth-century Japan, very distant from us in time and space and culture, and brave beyond our imagining. Yet they are our brothers, united with us as ‘first born sons’ and ‘citizens of heaven’. They […]

Liturgy and Expression of Culture and Faith

People sometimes say that we must not disagree over worship and it is unseemly to squabble over the way people celebrate Mass, because it is a holy action of God’s people at worship. This is, of course, complete nonsense. Liturgy is public worship, and if something is precious it is worth fighting for, though never […]