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New Year Resolutions

Emmet McHardy knew and understood the Bible’s teachings and put his prayer into action.

Friday 23 November

Apocalypse 10:8-11; Ps 119P; Luke 19:45-48 Praying or plotting? Do we place enough importance on our prayer life? Just taking the time to pray can be quite simple to do, but difficult to keep up. It becomes a question of how much energy we put into our prayer in comparison with the energies we use […]

Saturday 17 November

St Elizabeth of Hungary 3 John 5-8; Ps 112; Luke 18:1-8 Keep going Prayer for the ‘long haul’ can be a real challenge. We are asked to take heart and persevere in our prayer. From a position of helplessness, where one feels one is truly stuck, persistence triumphs. The widow overcomes the unjust judge; how […]

Sunday 11 November

Thirty Second Week Ordinary Time 1 Kings 17:10-16; Ps 146; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44 The generous heart The widow gave two of the smallest coins in circulation, but they are a profound symbol of her sacrifice of support for the Temple and her inner dedication and generosity. This is in contrast to the hypocrisy of […]

Wednesday 7 November

Philippians 2:12-18; Ps 27; Luke 14:25-33 Running on empty? Today in the Gospel we see Jesus outline the conditions for discipleship. This discipleship comes from God and asks of the disciple a ‘full hearted’ response to the call. The challenge for the disciple is to be full hearted in prayer and in day-to-day living. It […]

Wednesday 31 October

Ephesians 6:1-9; Psalm 145; Luke 13:22-30 Staying Alive Often the ‘narrow door’ that Jesus refers to is ourselves – or in other words, we can be the biggest obstacle in our own lives! We can become casual and unfocussed in our faith (“we once drank ate and drank in your company”) but perhaps we’ve become […]

Friday 26 October

Ephesians 4:1-6; Psalm 24; Luke 12:54-59 Discerning the Right Way It can be easy – perhaps too easy – to avoid responsibility for our decisions and actions by saying that we just rely on what the law (or its equivalent) tells us. True discernment – rather than simply pleasing ourselves – allows us to ‘interpret […]

Monday 15 October

ST TERESA OF avila Galatians 4:22-24,26-27,31-5:1; Psalm 113; Luke 11:29-32 Hearing and Responding The story of the life of St Teresa of Avila is that of a woman who entered the Carmelites and, over the course of years, came to understand through prayer and reflection that God was calling her to an ever-closer relationship and […]

Thursday 11 October

Galatians 3:1-5; Canticle Luke 2:29-32; Luke 11:5-13 Always Ready to Respond Most of us would perhaps be very reluctant to disturb any of our friends in the middle of the night, unless it was a matter of extreme necessity. Certainly, needing to offer hospitality to a visitor probably wouldn’t qualify as grounds for disturbing another […]

A School for Prayer (15) – Lectio Divina

Subiaco – St Benedict Chartreuse – Guigo the Carthusian By Fr Craig Larkin SM, 1943 – 2015 FROM EAST TO WEST John Cassian Our study of the experience of prayer has kept us in the Eastern part of the Christian world: the Desert regions of Egypt, Palestine, Sinai and Syria. There were hermits living in […]