Spiritual Journeys

Transfiguration of Jesus Credit Armando Alemdar Ara
Peter Gallagher SJ reflects on how the glory of God can give energy to our Lenten journey.         Peter and his companions were heavy with sleep.  We know this feeling.  We are sometimes very tired.  Our weariness affects our view of Lent.  We would like to live the best possible Lent but energy can be lacking. At the same time, we are not so torpid or so short of spiritual ambition that we would not like Lent to go well. Weary...
Paolo Beltrame
Jesuit novice Paolo Beltrame gave up his career as an astrophysicist to join the Jesuits.  He tells his vocation story and reflects on faith and science.      Paolo Beltrame was born in Italy.  He studied Philosophy at University in Rome and went on to get an MSc in Particle Physics. He moved to Germany to study for a PhD in Particle Physics and then worked at CERN in Geneva, in Los Angeles and in Israel. Paolo was researching dark matter and teaching at...
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           My father was a wandering Aramaean said Moses, taking stock.  He was grateful to have arrived in a land of milk and honey and now looked back to see how the goodness and generosity of God had placed him in this excellent situation, conscious of how far he had come. My father went down into Egypt, to take refuge there, insignificant, but there became great, mighty and strong, despite harsh treatment. We all have...
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             Keep on working at the Lord’s work always, knowing that, in the Lord, you cannot be labouring in vain. 1 Corinthians 15 encourages us as we turn our thoughts to Lent which begins this week on Ash Wednesday. Lent is the Lord’s workOur plans concern what we might do, what we might renounce and how we might open ourselves to the grace of God this Lent. We are looking forward to a time of fruitful cooperation with...
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            This month, Pope Francis directs our attention to the persecuted church, asking that we pray “that Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected”.Persecution of Christian communities, and other religious minorities, is one of the topics of the Pope’s own prayer this month but not only now, because it is a constant concern in our time. Indeed,...
‘Count to ten before replying.’  This is an old recipe for putting a brake on anger.  The picture is of an emotion which is very hard to control but which can just about be kept in check by extraordinary measures.  To the problem of how to cope with anger the Gospel suggests a very surprising solution: to the person who slaps you on one cheek, present the other cheek too.From the practical point of view, this peaceful response to something which could readily have provoked...
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            ‘A happy release’, ‘She is better off where she is now’,  ‘He is out of his trouble’:  with such comforting phrases we point a contrast between this life and the future one when someone who has been very ill has at last died. It is right that those who have been in terrible pain should be relieved of it. Now, at the very least, they will be able enjoy the absence of their sufferings.Happy are you who weep now...
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           Leave me Lord I am a sinful manSimon Peter often misses the point. Here he might seem to us to be lacking that self-esteem which is surely essential for achievement, including success in sharing with others the good news of God’s love for us all.  Love your neighbour, as yourself  we hear elsewhere in the Scriptures and are glad to know that love of self is not only permitted but is also a measure for our treatment and...
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           The monthly intention that Pope Francis shares with us all through his personal Prayer Network, reflects the challenges that face humanity and the mission of the Church. The Holy Father asks, this month, that we pray, with him, “that all may welcome the victims of human trafficking, of enforced prostitution and of violence”.Our prayer, especially our daily Morning Offering, places us on a pathway, with Jesus, that mobilises us...
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Can we embrace everything that happens to us as the will of God?   Can we give wholehearted thanks for the good things which happen?   Can we accept and endure what is difficult, grateful even for our troubles?   God is watching over us but also teaching us.  The divine plan is coming to fruition and in the meantime some are suffering for the sake of a great good which God can see but we, for the moment, may not. This lack of present understanding is part of...

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