contemplative

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When we open the door to the other, we find fulfilment of our longing to know more of God. Peter Gallagher SJ helps us reflect on the different welcomes of Martha and Mary.We welcome strangers to where we live as hospitably as we can. We treat the visitor as a representative of God. Old stories of humble-looking travellers who turn out to be kings and queens encourage us in such warm welcoming. The truth about the identity of the one who knocks at the gate comes to light eventually. Despite...
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As we walk towards Pentecost, we are longing to see into heaven, like Stephen. Peter Gallagher SJ invites us to be contemplatives gazing into heaven, but remember also we are active disciples of Christ. Of all the times of waiting and preparation in the Church, the novena of the Holy Spirit, between the Ascension and the day of Pentecost, is surely the gentlest. Lent can be hard work.  Even Advent, during which we sometimes anticipate Christmas too precipitately, can seem wintry and...
Paul Fletcher, born deaf 54 years ago, after a Master’s degree in Librarianship and a career as a Librarian for ILEA and previously the British Library; joined the Jesuits [British province] in 1988. He was ordained priest 1997 in Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.  “I felt there was more to life than just following the treadmill of full-time work and possibly marrying and starting a family. Whilst I had job satisfaction and a social life, something was missing… Exercising my vocation to...