life

A sign pointing toward happily ever after - photo from Unsplash
Some years ago, I knew a young woman, a teacher, whose dearest wish in life was to be married and to have a large family. However, her first problem was that she couldn’t find a “good man”. Apparently there is a widespread shortage of “good” men. There are lots of men around, but apparently not many “good” men. But, eventually, when she was 32, she found a possible candidate. After only two years of courtship, agonised decision–making and huge telephone bills, they were married and settled down...
An older man praying
“when you grow oldyou will stretch out your hands,and somebody else will put a belt round youand take you where you would rather not go.”I think we’ve all had experiences of being taken where we would rather not go…Until about five years before his death, Father – I’ll call him Father John - was not the best loved man in the British Province of the Society of Jesus - not by a long chalk. He was respected certainly, admired even, for his zeal, commitment,...
Sunrise - Copyright Graham Loveland and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons.
Death is a stark reality of our existence.  No one  escapes its clutches.  Faced with this there is, understandably, a tendency even among Christians, to fear it and avoid the subject.  Yet the question stares us in the face:  what us the meaning of life and death?The answer is in what we  celebrate at Easter, because One death changed the meaning of all deaths.  The death of Christ on Calvary reversed the meaning of life.  Whereas the world sees death as...
Jan Brueghel the Elder, The Sermon on the Mount
The Beatitudes begin with ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, theirs is the kingdom of God.’Poverty of spirit does not take away joy in life. Quite the contrary, it is the gateway to joy, because it enables us to surrender to ultimate reliance on God, which leads to freedom.        Paradoxically, then, we are truly rich.  Reliance on God may sound like a recipe for laziness, as if we needed to do nothing on our own.  But the reality is the...
Video of hJ7W5ldFqFM Five Tips for Catholic FreshersThe first weeks of Uni will probably be the most exciting times you’ll ever experience. They can also be some of the most stressful. This is true especially for those who’ve been observing their Catholic faith before coming to Uni. You might feel anxious that you will be pressured to move away from your faith. If you feel you want to continue to be a Catholic when you begin at University, or maybe to explore your...
Assurance sign
In His farewell discourse, Jesus contrasts two kinds of peace: a peace that he leaves us and a peace that the world can give us. What is the difference?  The peace that the world can give to us is not a negative or a bad peace. It is real and it is good, but it is fragile and inadequate.It is fragile because it can easily be taken away from us. Peace, as we experience it ordinarily in our lives, is generally predicated on feeling healthy, loved, and secure. But all of these are fragile....
Vision of Eternity
The Transfiguration was a unique experience in the life of Jesus and the three disciples who witnessed it. Jesus' ''face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light". Matt. 17:1-9 Moses and Elijah also appeared and talked with Jesus. Moses had been dead for about 1,500 years and Elijah for almost 1,000, yet there they were.A third phenomenon was the overshadowing cloud and the audible voice of God saying: "This is my son, the beloved; he enjoys my...
There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others of our friendship with Him.” Pope Benedict XVI's homily at his Mass of Inauguration, St. Peter's Square, April 2005   
At 24, I’m one of the youngest members of the province. Whenever I meet people and begin to explain that I’m from Guyana, there is always a brief pause as they try to remember its geographical location. It’s the only English speaking country in South America and is one of the two regions attached to the British Province. I spent most of my life in Guyana until I entered the novitiate in 2011 in Birmingham.I completed the novitiate and took vows in 2013. I’ve since...
There is no doubt that in the eyes of many in the world today, a vowed life of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience seems like madness! No Jesuit would deny the challenge of this life. We cannot live this way without the help of God’s grace. But we embrace it knowing that for us it is a path of life, a way of uniting ourselves with, and witnessing to, Christ in our world.In poverty, we become free to share the life of the poor and to use whatever resources we have for the service of othersIn...