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Thursday 21 June

St Aloysius Gonzaga Ecclesiasticus 48:1-14, Psalm 97, Matthew 6: 7-15 The addition We recite The Lord’s Prayer so often that we tend to rub the edges off the words. Being aware of this, we sometimes go back and pray the sentences we think important. Thy will be done. Give us our daily bread. Deliver us […]

Sunday 17 June

ELEVENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME Ezekiel 17:22-24, Psalm 92, 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, Mark 4: 26-34 Jesus the Healer We usually associate the word ‘salvation’ with being rescued or redeemed; but the Latin ‘salve’ means also ‘to heal’. When we see Jesus as Healer, we become aware that this was the focus of his ministry. People […]

A School for Prayer (11) – Evagrius of Pontus (3)

By Fr Craig  Larkin sm, 1943 – 2015 ‘Thoughts’ or logismoi are the most significant things for Evagrius of Pontus, and he considers that these are at the beginning of difficulties for anyone on the spiritual journey. What causes us trouble is not our feelings or even our actions, but first of all our thoughts. […]

Saturday 26 May

ST PHILIP NERI, priest James 5:13-20; Psalm 114; Mark 10:13-16 Like a little child Children are open and trusting. Their faith is simple and total. This is what Jesus wants us to return to. As we become worldly-wise we may also become cynical. Some lose faith and live in the ways of the world. James […]

Wednesday 16 May

Acts 20:28-38; Psalm 68; John 17:11-19 Raised his eyes to heaven Jesus says this long prayer (the whole of chapter 17) aloud so that the disciples can hear and learn. Every verse is important and worthy of reflection, but so too is Jesus attitude of prayer. He is not just sitting chatting, he adopts a […]

Thursday 19 April

Acts 8:26-40; Ps 66; John 6:44-51 A promise Jesus reinforces that he is the living bread from heaven with the promise of eternal life for those who believe. Why would one refuse to believe? Is it because what the world offers is more tempting than what Jesus offers? A bit of a risk? Once again, […]

A Thankful, Sunburnt Country?

“Let us give thanks to the Lord our God,” invites the priest at each Mass. We reply “It is right and just.” In this brief exchange, we capture the essence of Christian prayer and the essence of a Christian way of being in the world. Being thankful is a central hallmark of the person of […]

A School for Prayer (8)

The Way of the Desert (2) The Four Principles of the Spiritual Life By Fr Craig  Larkin SM, 1943 – 2015 A spiritual framework begins to develop The four simple and practical Imperatives — “Stay in your cell!,” “Watch yourself!,” “Be attentive!,” “Do not judge!” — contained the beginnings of a theory of the spiritual […]

Monday 26 February

Daniel 9:4-10; Psalm 79; Luke 6:36-38 Repentance demands action In our first reading, Daniel acknowledges that Israel has sinned by turning away from God and thereby betraying God’s covenant with Israel. But it is easy to say “Sorry” even in a prayer to God! That is why, in our Gospel reading, Jesus makes it clear […]

Tuesday 20 February

Isaiah 55:10-11; Psalm 34; Matthew 6:7-15 Prayer or lip-service? Our prayer ought to be simple and direct. We are to say what we mean and mean what we say; anything more is tiresome, even contrived. God’s word never returns without having done what it was sent to do. If we say what we mean and […]