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Broken Relationships –
What Do You Say?

A good friend recently lost her adult son very suddenly. Even though he had been ill and was receiving treatment, the illness was not terminal. He was not expected to die, so his death was a total shock to the family. I tried calling my friend to offer sympathy and to ask about funeral services. […]

Getting Along With People You Don’t Like

There have been people put on this earth to push your buttons, tick you off, and suck the life out of you. You know who they are. This statement was written by Marsha Petrie Sue, author of Toxic People. Her observation is one which strongly resonates because most of us have contact with people we […]

Laudato Si’ Week 16 – 24 May

The material in this article is drawn mostly from https://laudatosiweek.org/ Laudato Si’:On Care for Our Common Home Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change and ecology was signed on 24 May 2015, the Solemnity of Pentecost. Its title means Praise be to You in the Umbrian dialect spoken by St. Francis. The encyclical is a reflection […]

Tuesday 5 November

Romans 12:5-16; Psalm 131; Luke 14:15-24 Rejection of God’s Kingdom The Father’s love for us is so strong that he passionately desires that we enter his kingdom by following his son Jesus. The parable communicates this passion of God for us by talking of a king who was enraged by the indifference of so many […]

Friday 1 March

Ecclesiasticus 6:5-17; Psalm 119:12, 16, 18, 27, 34-35; Mark 10:1-12. Abiding in love Abiding friendships and lasting marriages are some of the greatest gifts we can receive in life. We all value them and see in them a reflection of the life of heaven. Many people, however, do not have relationships such as these for […]

Sunday 14 October

28th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Wisdom 7:7-11; Psalm 90; Hebrews 4:12-13; Mark 10:17-30 What Do I Value Most? We’re told in the Gospel that Jesus loved the rich man and wanted him to follow him – but that wasn’t enough. The rich man did not have the freedom to let go of his possessions and […]

Thursday 22 June

2 Corinthians 11:1-11; Psalm 111; Matthew 6:7-15 Prayer – to the point Jesus places before his disciples this wonderfully positive prayer. Short and to the point, it covers relationships with God, the Kingdom of God, nourishment and forgiveness. If Jesus can keep prayer positive and to the point, perhaps we can? Perhaps that is truly […]

Thursday 15 June

2 Corinthians 3:5-4:1, 3-6; Psalm 85; Matthew 5:20-26 Shine in darkness We are asked to reflect on how quickly we can hurt those around us. Too easily our words directed towards others can darken and destroy relationships. We are called to be reconciled, ‘Let light be shining out in darkness.’ Make friends rather than enemies. […]

Tuesday 30 May

Acts 20:17-27; Ps 68; John 17:1-11 They may be one as We are one As science is revealing to us more and more about the unfolding of the universe and the interdependence of all of creation, we are becoming increasingly more aware of the need for developing right relationships. We hear Jesus pray to the […]

Sunday 12 February

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Ecclesiasticus 15:16-21; Psalm 119A; 1 Corinthians 2:6-10; Matthew 5:17-37 Being reconciled Conflict is a common part of our human relationships. Jesus teaches that conflict is not resolved by exacting justice. An eye for an eye does not produce a peaceful outcome. Rather, reconciliation is achieved by a willingness to engage […]