Feelings that are uppermost in human consciousness are simply a starting point for discernment.
the new life
I’ll never have the experience of a mother giving birth to a child and I’m ok with that, with mothers commenting that men have got no idea what real pain is.
And how beautiful it is! It is like getting our lives back, getting a new chance. Nothing is more beautiful than to have a new chance.
My lack of forgiveness rarely affects the one who has caused my pain, but it has a huge negative effect on me emotionally, physically, psychologically and therefore spiritually.
You might remember beginning every new page of school work with the heading A.M.D.G. recalling that the letters stood for Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (For the Greater Glory of God).
The first Jesuits in the early sixteenth century were great travellers and Francis Xavier whose feast we celebrate today is considered with Ignatius Loyola to be...
good vs evil
Life in relationship with Jesus Christ is not a life of comfort. Life with Jesus is an adventure. This is because we humans are not made not for comfort but for...
the gift of tears
I often write a food for faith reflection on the scriptures of the day after I reflect on the scriptures in the early morning. I hadn't intended to write today, but a...
deeper than moods
It's been one of those weeks, and so even more than usual, TGIF! On the surface it's been a week like most other weeks with a mixture of good and bad, struggles and...
If you were Pope Francis and had the opportunity to give a message to the young people of South America, what would you tell them? Before you read further, take a...
my word your home
The heart of the home in years past was the hearth.
It was at the hearth that the family gathered for the warmth and light of the flame and the food that was prepared there.
The fire was treated with respect since the same flame which provided energy for the home could just as easily destroy it.
stand up look up
The Israelites in their forty years in the desert were journeying from captivity to freedom, but the struggle of their desert years made them vulnerable to attack from every temptation as today’s first reading continues
confident in God
I’m not sure if children today are told the great story of the Emperor’s New Clothes, but if not let’s make sure that the parable is taught at all schools of higher learning.
A few years ago I discovered the wonderful way that God uses my imagination in my prayer.
Such openness to imagination when seeking God does not take us away from reality into fantasy but instead brings me into what is most real and inescapably personal and intimate.
A couple of thousand years ago, a young Jewish woman was going about her normal morning routines, perhaps with a mixture of house and garden work, chatting with parents and neighbours, aware of the local drought, the sickness of a neighbour and annoyed by the neighbourhood’s lack of sleep caused by the Romans’ noisy party the night before, when God broke into her routine and entered her life in a new and powerful way.