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Wednesday 10 April

Daniel 3:14-20, 24-25, 28; Canticle of Daniel: 3:52-56; John 8: 31-42 Never slaves of anyone One of the insidious characteristics of the slavery of our spirit is invisibility. We don’t recognise what is happening and we may feel driven, but we do not really know for what. We often forget to be still and pray. […]

Monday 8 April

Daniel 13; Psalm 23; John 8:1-11 Writing in the sand There are times when intense emotions are aroused. We need some ‘time out’ to grapple with what we are experiencing and how best to respond. Jesus felt for this woman, publicly condemned and obviously shamed, and rather than react to her accusers, he doodles in […]

Saturday 6 April

Jeremiah 11:18-20; Psalm 7; John 7:40-52 There has never been anyone who has spoken like him In our gospel we sense the conflict about the possibility of Jesus being the Messiah. The authorities maintain their finite way of seeing who a Messiah would be and where he would come from, while the police refrain from […]

Tuesday 2 April

Ezekiel 47:1–9, 12; Psalm 46; John 5:1-3, 5-16 Recognition is healing To be ignored or not recognised can be crippling even for a moment. This man has missed the stirring healing waters for 38 years. Jesus sees him and listens to his desire. Having recognition from Jesus, he is able to get up and walk […]

A School for Prayer (20)

Mind-in-the-heart Prayer  By Fr Craig  Larkin SM, 1943 – 2015 Hesychastic Prayer in the Eastern Church (1) The Church of the East The Church of the East is the part of the Christian Church which developed in the eastern side of the Roman Empire from the 4th century onwards. Both the Church of the East […]

Veil Over the Light, by Joy Cowley

Fitzbeck Publishing, 2018 As Joy herself says, she is elderly, her sight is fading fast so this could be her last book. If so, it is a gift of exquisite value. In 168 pages we find a collection of wisdom, humour, joy and profound personal revelation. Michael Fitzsimons, the publisher, has selected many of the […]

Sunday 24 March

Third Sunday of Lent Exodus 3:1-8, 13-15; Psalm 103; 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12; Luke 13:1-9 Like the fig tree The Lord is always patient with us and he does not forget us. Sometimes we can think that we have to prove our love of God all the time through prayer and petition. But the Lord […]

Thursday 14 March

Esther 4:17; Psalm 138; Matthew 7:7-12. A knock at the door The wise prayer of Esther we hear today is a good lesson for us. She acknowledges God and prays for her needs. She says, “as for me, give me courage”. The Lord wants to hear our prayers and wants to answer them. They need […]

Tuesday 12 March

Isaiah 55:10-11; Psalm 34; Matthew 6:7-15. Our Father For many people, prayer can seem a bit of a mystery. All it is, however, is a response to God. It is a ‘thank you’, an ‘I love you’, a request for help. We respond to God in prayer a bit like a plant responds to water […]

A School for Prayer (19)

The Way of the Body St Dominic and the ‘Nine Ways of Prayer’ (2) What the Nine Ways of Prayer tell us By Fr Craig  Larkin SM, 1943 – 2015 It is clear that in all these pictures we are seeing Dominic at his private prayer. The miniatures all focus on Dominic. We are privileged […]