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Tag Archive for ‘peace’

Saturday 3 August

St Dominic (M) Leviticus 25:1, 8-17; Psalm 69; Matthew 14:1-12 Jubilee mercy Leviticus prescribes a Jubilee every fiftieth year. Slaves and prisoners are freed, debts forgiven, crops and lands rested, and the mercies of God lived out. We constantly debate climate, war and mass migration, while God’s wisdom calls for respite for the earth, personal […]

Tuesday 2 July

Genesis 19:15-29; Psalm 26; Matthew 8:23-27 Out of control There are times when we seem out of control in our journey of faith – with financial or family worries, employment or pressing deadlines, repeated changes in our local faith communities and parishes, all these and more become like the winter storms dancing upon the roof […]

Friday 14 June

2 Corinthians 4:7-15; Psalm 116:10-11, 15-18; Matthew 5:27-32 Embracing our humanity Sin, failure, shame and guilt are part of the human condition and of our human experience. They invade our sense of self worth and disturb our peace of heart. Sometimes, we deal with them by denial, sometimes by self flagellation. Jesus meets the sinner […]

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 […]

Tuesday 21 May

Acts 14: 19-28; Psalm 145; John 14:27-31 My peace I give Love and peace will rule. In the first reading, the apostles have begun to spread the word to the gentiles. The Jewish hierarchy is jealous and violent. So, the message is taken to those willing to listen. In the second reading Jesus advises his […]

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 […]

A School for Prayer (21)

Mind-in-the-heart Prayer  By Fr Craig  Larkin SM, 1943 – 2015 Hesychastic Prayer in the Eastern Church (2) A spirituality of the ‘heart’ in Christian tradition As far back as the time of the Desert Fathers, the question was raised: “Where does prayer take place? In the mind? In the heart? Or somewhere else?” Evagrius of […]

Sunday 28 April

Second Sunday of Easter Acts 5:12-16; Psalm 118; Apocalypse 1:9-13, 17-19; John 20:19-31 He breathed on them There can be times when it is difficult to admit that we are Catholic, moments when we are hesitant to share what has come to be so important for us and often so personal. When the media seems […]

Thursday 25 April

Anzac Day Acts 3:11 -26; Psalm 8; Luke 24:35-48 They were amazed We all remember those who have died in war and those who go on suffering grief in the years that follow. In considering the places of ongoing conflict in our world, we need again and again to hear these words of Jesus, “Peace […]

Tuesday 19 February

Genesis 6:5-8, 7:1-5, 10; Psalm 29; Mark 8:14-21 Minds, eyes and ears open? The first reading tells us that the wickedness the Lord saw in people’s hearts caused him to grieve. The Gospel reading suggests that their sinfulness was the product of minds and memories closed to God’s goodness in the past; of blindness to […]