One of the most consoling texts of the Hebrew scriptures is the Book of Job, which concerns itself with the theme of why bad things happen to good people - a question to which, intriguingly, it refuses to offer up simple, faith-based answers.
Fr Ted is a British Jesuit who spent decades pioneering social change in Zimbabwe. Among his many achievements is his visionary response to the AIDS crisis in this country. He co-founded the Jesuit AIDS Project (JAP) in 1997 to stem the destruction caused by AIDS by reaching young people through peer education. He is currently a resident of the Corpus Christi Jesuit Community in Boscombe, Dorset. Here he reflects on the gospel reading for last Sunday in this, the fourth week of Lent.
Various places within our everyday experience hint that ordinary experience contains more than just the ordinary, that God is there. One of these is laughter. Jesus teaches that laughter will be part of the final state in heaven. ‘You shall laugh!’ But, beyond that, Jesus' message as a whole assures us of joy, a joy that no one can take from us, and laughter is the lively expression of that joy. It is the apex of our final state in heaven.
The full text of Fr Martin Maier's address at the ecumenical service that took place on 22 March in St Martin in the Fields Church, Trafalgar Square, London, to mark the 34th anniversary of the death of Archbishop Oscar Romero.
The first year (2009) I did week of guided prayer I really didn’t understand why everyone found it such an amazing experience, I found it incredibly tough and at the end of the week felt like I didn’t fit in and hadn’t done the experience ‘right’.