prayer

The parish group in Falmouth
Perhaps it was because we set out on a journey starting from Flanders that I was prompted to wonder about how a group of 5 Jesuits would have been received in Cornwall to carry out a parish mission a hundred years ago. My father went to a Methodist boarding school there not long after the First World War, and I remember his stories which gave a flavour of the religious sentiments of that time.The parish priest at St Mary Immaculate in Falmouth was keen to reassure us that the local Catholics...
Fr James Hanvey SJ, Master of Campion Hall, University of Oxford, gives us a simple reflection on Christian prayer.He discusses Christ's own prayer and how we can use the prayer of the Church to draw closer to God the Father.Part of our 'Schools of Prayer' podcast series.www.catholicnews.org.uk/schools-of-prayer
 Music, readings and prayer on 31st March. Piano music by Schubert, Bach/Busoni, and Liszt. Piano: Bobby Chen.
"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."Matthew 5:16 Light a candle - be still - pray - listen to music - reconcile with God - ask questions - encounter Him – reflect - talk to a priest - receive a blessing
Honest to God in prayer, young woman prays outside
'O Lord, you have searched me and known me' says Psalm 139. Let­ting God come to know us is essential, as it is in any relation­ship. Letting yourself be known by God means more or less what it means in any friendship: speaking about your life, sharing your feelings, and revealing yourself openly.When we're not honest in a re­lationship, usually the relationship begins to grow cold, distant, or formal. If we're avoiding something unpleasant, the relationship de­volves into one defined by...
A quiet hour to pray with Taizé chants, prayers and periods of silence.
Let Go and Let God
If you have problems with prayer, read on.  The God we imagine and then try to meet in prayer is generally thought of as pretty lifeless, dull, flat, colourless, genderless, sexless and lacking in humour, creativity and understanding.  We feel that our friends and our distractions are more interesting and life giving than God.  We would rather spend time with our friends and our amusements and interests than with God, rather take our chances with them than with God. That is...
Spirituality word cloud
We often talk about spirituality. How do you speak about something being spiritual?  The word is usually taken as something ethereal, out of this world:  in fact it has very earthly effects, it touches on everyday life.There are many definitions of spiritual, but the one that appeals to me rests on St Paul’s list of the effects of the Spirit: charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control. You find it in his letter to the Galatians (Galatians...
Christian Unity - CHRISTian
It’s easy to see God’s grace and blessing in what unites us. We sense the presence of grace when, at our core, we feel a strong moral bond with certain other persons, churches, and faiths. But what if what makes other persons, churches, and faiths seem foreign and strange is also a grace, a difference intended by God?  Can we think of our differences, as we think of our unity, as a gift from God? Most religions, including Christianity, would answer yes.In both the Jewish and the Christian...
Jesus transfigured in front of his disciples
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...

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