The Opening Prayer (or “Collect” of today’s Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Advent is the concluding prayer of the “Angelus”
Today's first reading tells of a mountain-top encounter between God and Moses. God tells Moses to head back down the mountain because the people are in the process of...
Every now and then Food For Faith followers send inspiring reflections and are happy that I share these. I am grateful to Frank Kelly who sent the above poem with the...
the greatest journey
If you were asked to name the greatest journey ever made, I wonder what you would answer. Take a moment to think about it. Maybe you're thinking about a journey made by...
here and now
God cannot work in your past or your future today. God has worked in your past, and God works in the present to heal the past, but God cannot today work in your past....
If I had to the opportunity to name a Sunday of the Church Year, I would give this weekend's fourth Sunday of Advent the name "Angelus Sunday." Here's why...
a few more sleeps
It's only a few more sleeps until Christmas. You might find this three minute Food For Faith Youtube clip encouraging in the midst of pre-Christmas busyness.
Take a moment to appreciate this Millet masterpiece. Even if you have never seen the image before, you will guess that these peasants are praying. When the one who...
It is good for us …
It was on this Second Sunday of Lent two years ago (24 February 2013) that Pope Benedict gave his last Sunday Audience in St. Peter's Square. On that Sunday, the gospel...
God comes down
While it's the morning after the Feast of the Annunciation here in New Zealand, there are many parts of the world still celebrating this great feast, so I still have...
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.