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A School for Prayer (22) – Spiritual Guidance (1 of 5)

The ancient tradition of the spiritual life By Fr Craig  Larkin sm, 1943 – 2015 Who will guide me on the journey? The tradition of Spiritual Accompaniment If we are climbing a mountain for the first time, or making a sea-journey for the first time, we need to have with us, as a companion and […]

When My Comfort Zones Fail

It’s never easy having to move out of a place, a personal space, a routine, a rhythm that has for some time given us some security and peace of mind. Letting go of our comfort zones can be simple enough and not of major importance. For example, when our holidays finish and we have to […]

About the Sanctity of Life

The Lord said to me, “I chose you before I gave you life, and before you were born, I selected you to be a prophet to the nations” Jeremiah 1:4-5. The God’s eye view is vast……and He sees us from and through eternity. Each and every soul is infinitely precious to Him. Sadly, each and […]

Thursday 23 May

Acts 15:7-21; Psalm 96; John 15:9-1 1 Aroha mai, Aroha atu — Love, Love Love, given and received, is mentioned in the readings which are building towards Christ's passion. We need Christ as the vine, for life and sustenance. Christ needs us – the branches – to be his voice and his hands. Our love […]

Wednesday 22 May

Acts 15: 1-6; Psalm 122; John 15:1-8 Fruitful love Jesus prepares to leave his disciples, and he feels great pity for them. Like us sometimes, they cannot understand the spiritual aspects of life. Jesus again used nature to illustrate his teaching. Jesus – the vine; we – his branches. If we are self-indulgent and selfish, […]

Saturday 18 May

Acts 13:44-52; Psalm 98; John 14: 7- 14 Knowing God We are overwhelmed by the power, the intelligence and the creativity of God. In the whole order of life, we can feel like blobs of existence. But Jesus Christ chose to join our lives. His Father made us in his image and likeness. He took […]

Friday 17 May

Acts 13:26-33; Psalm 2; John 14: 1-6 Pono — faith Today's readings are about the end of Jesus' human life. Just a phase of his spiritual life, he is now living in a different dimension that we cannot enjoy yet, but it will continue forever. Our belief and faith are our strength. Jesus is explicit […]

Thursday 16 May

Acts 13:13-25; Psalm 89; John 13:16-20 Being catholic “Ask anything of the Father in my name …” What a promise. We often turn to God. Frequently it's part of daily life. "Thanks, God, for the parking space”. “O Lord, we do need rain”. A friend pointed out that Catholicism is part of our culture, not […]

Wednesday 15 May

Acts 12:24-13:5; Psalm 67; John 12:44-50 Tūmanako – hope A lovely word and concept. When we are bewildered by awful world events, by chronic pain or family bereavement, Jesus' words bring hope. The word of God our Creator is conveyed to us by Jesus Christ, God's Son. He didn't come to judge but to save […]

Monday 13 May

Acts 11:1-18; Psalm 42; John 10:1-10 Leading us A good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep. Today there are many shepherds and many flocks. Which flock is ours? A shepherd leading us to worldly fame, dollars galore, control of the media? All these other shepherds are plausible, charismatic, ego-building. Our true shepherd leads […]