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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 […]

Saturday 29 September

Sts Michael, Gabriel & Raphael, Archangels Daniel 7:9-10 13-14; or Apocalypse 12:7-12; Psalm 138; John 1:47-51 Looking with love In Catholic tradition St. Michael is revered as the protector of the Church. Gabriel communicates important messages. His greeting to Mary lives on, repeated daily in the, “Hail Mary!” It is Gabriel who brings the gift […]

School for Prayer (13) Evagrius of Pontus (5) – The human person in Christ

By Fr Craig Larkin sm, 1943 – 2015 Putting it Together According to Evagrius’ teaching, the human person, with its strengths and struggles, can be illustrated like this: How the Logismoi operate The Fathers, following Evagrius, outline a number of ‘stages’ in the struggle with the logismoi. 1.  Provocation – the logismos simply appears. 2.  […]

About Mystery

Let’s start with a brief exercise. Look back over your life and recall a time (or times) when you found yourself overwhelmed by a sense that you were part of something much bigger than yourself or that something happened to you that was like a gift coming from beyond yourself or an ordinary event briefly […]

Thursday 26 July

Sts Joachim & Ann, Parents of Mary Ecclesiasticus 44:1,10-15; Psalm 132; Matthew 13:16-17 While we have only legend to tell us that persons called Joachim and Ann were the parents of Mary, we can be sure that the parents of Mary, whatever their names, raised her lovingly and as a faithful Jewish maiden. As grandparents […]

Wednesday 11 July

St Benedict, abbot Hosea 10:1-3, 7-8,12; Psalm 105; Matthew 10:1-7 Seek the Lord and his strength How appropriate it is to pray Psalm 105 on the feast of St Benedict. He is known as the father of monasticism because he established a way of life combining work and prayer based on the psalms. In his […]

School for Prayer (12) – Evagrius of Pontus (4)

By Fr Craig  Larkin sm, 1943 – 2015 Building up Resistance  Each of the logismoi is resisted or counteracted by a virtue or a good habit: To resist the logismos of Gluttony Be moderate in eating and drinking Undertake fasting from time to time or don’t eat between meals Do manual work Develop the habit […]

July Crossword

  Solution for June Across: 1 Cram, 3 Chaplain, 9 Oratory, 10 Error, 11 Exercise book, 14 Esq, 16 Least, 17 Eke, 18 Barbiturates, 21 Arena, 22 Aramaic, 23 Passed by, 24 Apse.  Down: 1 Closeted, 2 Agape, 4 Hay, 5 Presbyterian, 6 Aureole, 7 Norm, 8 Concelebrate, 12 Shalt, 13 Versicle, 15 Quakers, 19 […]