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Tag Archive for ‘life’

Tuesday 20 April

Acts 7:51-8:1; Psalm 31; John 6:30-35 The bread of life Jesus is the bread of life. In the Eucharist, he gives us his body and blood in a Sacrament of love. In the teachings and stories of the Gospels, he shapes our lives and nourishes our souls. In our relationship with him, he provides energy […]

Tuesday 23 March

Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 102; John 8:21-30 Death or life The nursing department classroom had two images on the wall: the medical symbol of a snake around a standard, and a crucifix. In today’s first reading the Israelites acknowledge that they are dying because they have sinned. God grants life to those who look at the […]

Dust in the universe

We begin the Lenten Season by receiving ashes. The dust sprinkled on our heads brings us back to earth. It reminds us that we are dust and to dust we shall return (Genesis 3:19). We are weak, frail and mortal. Centuries and millennia pass and we come and go. Before the immensity of galaxies and […]

Tuesday 10 November

Pope St Leo the Great (M) Titus 2:1-8, 11-14; Psalm 37; Luke 17:7-10 Littleness in daily life Much of discipleship is dutiful. We carry out daily life as best we can. It is not easy loving our ordinariness into holiness. From the Eucharist we receive the strength to serve others in ways that are not […]

Gratitude

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. Aesop, 6th Century BC, Androcles If the only prayer you ever said in your entire life was ‘Thank you’, that would suffice. Meister Eckhardt, 14th century priest, mystic, and theologian Gratitude in my life started out as an expression of good manners. Ever since I was a young […]

Laudato Si’ Week 16 – 24 May

The material in this article is drawn mostly from https://laudatosiweek.org/ Laudato Si’:On Care for Our Common Home Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change and ecology was signed on 24 May 2015, the Solemnity of Pentecost. Its title means Praise be to You in the Umbrian dialect spoken by St. Francis. The encyclical is a reflection […]

Of Choice and of Discernment

Prayerful Reflection with the movie The Children Act If the movie Of Gods and Men (2010) illustrates perfectly what is meant by ‘group discernment’, then The Children Act (2018) can be said to illustrate perfectly how ‘choice’ on a personal level is not necessarily discernment. Before getting into what is missing from The Children Act […]

We Are Adopted, Yet Truly God’s Children

As long as God has been God – eternally – God has desired that his human creatures should also be genuinely his children. And Jesus, the incarnate Word of God, came for that very reason: “I have come so that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). That fullness of […]

Thursday 19 December

Judges 13:2-7, 24-25; Psalm 71:3-6, 16-17; Luke 1:5-25 Expect the unexpected It was going to be just another day at the Temple. He had a sacred duty to perform, but nothing he was not expecting. And then God turned Zechariah’s life upside down. Is there a pattern emerging here? Mary, Joseph, Zechariah — and soon, […]

Wednesday 18 December

Jeremiah 23:5-8; Psalm 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19; Matthew 1:18-24 Be not afraid Poor old Joseph. He was just an ordinary bloke, quite happy to spend his life making tables and chairs. And suddenly he is sucked up into the infinite. When God overpowers you with the unexpected, listen out for the Angel. Do not be afraid.