The Lord’s Prayer is an example for all prayer; 'Let your prayer be frequent and brief'’ say many writers. If we try too soon to spend a long time in prayer, the chances are we'll end up with cramp and lots of distractions. We'll find other things to think of apart from God. But 'frequent and brief does not mean just uttering the odd casual word. 'Frequent' means 'keep at it: make it habitual.' The more frequent the prayer becomes, the more we are caught up in the relationship between God the Son and God the Father.
‘Alexandra’ from JRS-UK took part in a vigil organised to honour the lives of asylum seekers who have died whilst in detention in the UK. She describes why she was pleased to go along to support others.
In his final months, Fr Gerard W Hughes SJ (who died on 4 November 2014) wrote a series of blog posts on Peace, Justice and the Integrity of Creation. Here we publish extracts from them - his final thoughts in his own words.
At the Last Supper, Jesus makes himself a sign: he declares that the bread and wine, identified with his body and blood, are a sign of the world-changing events of Good Friday and Easter, and so a sign of the future, of God's future and God's promise.