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Dominican Friar praying the Rosary

Godtalk: Chastity is about love

BY PKnott

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 16:44

We can often think that chastity is a vow which curtails possible loving experience, without exploring what kinds of loving experiences can be made possible by taking a vow of celibacy. Rather than limiting our ability to love others, these states of life open up the possibility of loving other people more radically than other forms of life.

Zacchaeus in his tree, by Maria Laughlin

Godtalk: Bringing out the Best in People

BY PKnott

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 08:31

Jesus had been able to bring the best out of people, like Peter who became the first Pope, like Zacchaus who became a generous philanthropist, like a narrow minded nationalist, Saul, who became Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles. Jesus shows us how we can try and see the best in people, when our natural tendency is to see the worst.

Police and Dog in stand off with Ferguson protestors

Death in Ferguson

BY Ruth

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 12:25

In light of recent events in Ferguson, Fr Frank Turner SJ gives us some insight into the situation many young black Americans face today.

Called to be builders of the Kingdom of God

BY Ruth

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 19:36

This Sunday 14 September is Racial Justice Sunday, Tim Byron SJ reminds us that we are called to be builders of the Kingdom of God.

Field of Wheat

Godtalk: Handle with Care

BY PKnott

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 12:09

Most of us think we aren't bad people, but this isn't the whole picture. Jesus gives us a more accurate picture of human nature - human nature is always going to be a mixture of the bad and the good.

St Peter being given the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven by Christ

Pride: the most deadly of the mortal sins

BY RMorris

Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 18:47

Everyone faces the temptation to assume they know what God wants. If we're lucky, we have people to encourage restraint; if we aren't lucky, we just have to learn from our mistakes.

Jan Brueghel the Elder, The Sermon on the Mount

Godtalk: The Poor in Spirit

BY PKnott

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 08:12

The first of the Beatitudes may well be the best rule for all of us in living our everyday life. While being poor in spirit may seem a very bad thing, poverty of spirit is, in fact a reflection of everyday reality: we are often powerless to change things. It means accepting that we can’t do everything at home, at work or in our church. It saves us from being a ‘human doing’ instead of a human being.

Retire-toi Satan by James Tissot

Get behind me, Satan!

BY GGallen

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 15:13

Fr Gerry Gallen's homily from St Joseph's Hospice, 31 August 2014

A 1663 Edition of The Spiritual Exercises, Burns Library Boston College via Flickr

Godtalk: Feeling God's Love

BY PKnott

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 10:14

Many people would say that while intellectually they believe that God loves each one of us, personally, eternally, they find it hard to feel this deeply. We may be helped by reflecting on St Ignatius’ conclusion to his Spiritual Exercises, a ‘Contemplation to Attain Divine Love’. While we may not be able to say that all we need is God's Love, the desire for that freedom is enough.

Baby against sunset

Godtalk: The Power of Powerlessness

BY PKnott

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 12:02

Despite our attempts to frame God's authority in terms of worldly power, Christ's Birth and Death show that God's power and authority are ultimately shown in what seems like weakness.

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