Several times in recent years I have participated in the Hearts Aflame event. This is a remarkable, annual, ten day January gathering of young (18-35) adults, in an atmosphere of sound, fun-filled, life-giving Catholic life.
In recent years I have led sessions at the gathering on Blessed Pope John Paul’s Theology of the Body, and Spiritual Hunger. I have been inspired and encouraged by the deep searching faith of the young people who took part in these sessions.
If you know of young people who you think might benefit from this ten-day, intensive, Catholic experience, pass on this link to them. Tell them about Hearts Aflame. The cost ($480.00 plus travel) might be a bit much for the, but you might be in a position to offer to gift them this experience. This would be a life-changing gift for an adult child, grandchild, Godchild, parishioner….
You might be in a position to support Hearts Aflame directly, helping them to cover their significant expenses. You will find the necessary information after the clips below or at www.heartsaflame.org.nz
It’s easy to make the mistake of seeing life as a treadmill, day after day ups and downs, a movement through time from youth to old age, then death and beyond. Too often if feels as if we are helplessly captive carried along by the momentum of all that is expected of us and demanded from us, and we risk falling into an existence mode, a daily rhythm of survival, enduring, coping and so the treadmill rolls on.
Over the years, and even in recent months, weeks and days, I’ve prayed many prayers which have not been answered as I had hoped. You’ve probably had the same experience: praying and wondering if and when or how your prayer will be answered.
Bible questions still pop up regularly in quiz shows and they often cost otherwise sharp players much needed points. I’m ready for a question asking for the two names for the last book of the Bible. The book often known as Apocalypse is perhaps more often referred to as the Book of Revelation. It’s common (thanks to movies) to think of an apocalypse as a devastating and unwelcome time of destruction.
The pics I use on these daily posts are sometimes snapped by me, and often borrowed from free-use websites. I thought it might be interesting to move towards using only my own snaps, and then only those taken in the past 24 hours. We’ll see how I go. I took the pic above yesterday morning on an early walk.
Perhaps we find the miracles of Jesus too difficult to understand. How can we cope with what we may not have seen with our own eyes? Many people cope with the miraculous by reducing it to what they can understand. They say Jesus just increased the blind man’s psychological vision, or opened his eyes of faith rather than actually giving him physical sight.