The emails that have accompanied most of the prayer requests I have received this week have been moving and inspiring.
I like the bold approach of the Jews, marching up to Jesus as he strolls between the columns: “If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”
Here is the first of the prayer podcasts – 15 minutes of gentle reflection with a lot of silence, beginning with the sound of church bells, a traditional call to prayer.
In this reflection I share some of the most helpful advice ever given to me about prayer. I hope you find it as encouraging as I have.
“All of humanity’s problems stem from our inability to sit quietly in a room alone”
I’m writing this at the end of the first NZ lockdown day and I can already see that my life could become dangerously undisciplined
Who needs God (we think)? We can achieve all we need on our own. And then a completely unexpected event brings us back to earth. We are grounded. We are on our knees.
In the midst of good and evil, ups and downs, and through the routines and demands of life we need to be able to express ourselves and to know that we are heard.
…but today as I read a different reflection came to mind, and I have no doubt that it was Jesus who planted the thought in my head
It’s the feast of Ignatius Loyola today and he has helped me to see that my fears and compulsions often tragically lead me to go through days and weeks as if I’m at least half asleep
Even the best things that life on earth can give us are not enough to satisfy the depth of desire we feel.
Jesus is among them filling their pitiful existences with the cosmic and eternal colour.of abundant life
The stumbling point for many is that in Jesus God took on a human body, and walked and talked and ate and drank
Their hindsight became foresight, an ability to live in the present without hurt from the past and free of fear of the future.
It is not enough for me as an adult to believe because parents and religious leaders told me so.