temptation
the big picture

the big picture

We often focus too much on overcoming a particular sin forgetting that our focus must be on Jesus Christ who gives us both the desire and the ability to overcome sin.

our holy longing

our holy longing

While at times we are faced with decisions involving good and evil, most often our choices are between something good, something better, and perhaps a best option.

tempted & growing

tempted & growing

Instead of going down that track of settling for the thing I think I want that’s actually a temptation, we are much better off if we become aware of the desire we have for something greater.

tempted ?

tempted ?

You might have heard the one about the Abbot who asked the novice if he had been entertaining temptations. "No" the novice replied, "I haven't been entertaining...

tempted ?

tempted ?

At the risk of you turning off even before we begin, I want to offer a word of encouragement about temptation. We all experience temptations. Jesus was tempted. I enjoy...

temptation

temptation

I often think that no-one struggles with temptation more than I do, so I find it very encouraging to hear every now and then from friends who are also engaged in the...

tempted?

tempted?

In the Gospel reading for today, the First Sunday of Lent, we hear of Jesus being tempted. His response to the temptation seems remarkably calm; he simply gives one...

follow the good

follow the good

I'm thinking ahead a couple of days to Lent which begins this week on Ash Wednesday. I heard someone once say that Lent was a kind of "boot camp" for the Christian, a...

greatest attraction

greatest attraction

In the past couple of posts (listen and read) I have reflected on Pope Francis' Epiphany homily in which he challenges us to take the example of the Magi by avoiding...

holy cunning

holy cunning

I am sure that there are some people who saw this snake image and quickly decided to surf to another page. Many people don't like snakes. It can't be simply that they...

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stormy weather

stormy weather

I often hear people comment that their faith is weak, or that they have little faith. I often feel the same way.

Ignatius of Loyola

Ignatius of Loyola

We ignore our feelings at our peril. However the feelings that are uppermost in human consciousness are simply a starting point for discernment.

those dead days

those dead days

There are moments many days, and minutes and even hours and sometimes days every week when we feel a bit dead.

face to face

face to face

Jesus is not God-far-from-us-up-in-the-heavens, but Jesus is God WITH us.

grandparents

grandparents

You might like to share this post with grandparents who will appreciate some encouragement on this their feast day.

remembering

remembering

I was privileged to be asked to give the homily at the Mass of Thanksgiving of Fr. Isaac Fransen