prayer

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This week is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and it will be marked this Sunday by a pulpit swap, with Richard Fermer from the Grosvenor Chapel coming to the Church of the Immaculate conception to preach at the 11am Mass and myself going across the garden to preach at the Grosvenor Chapel.My first thoughts are to be grateful for what has been achieved.  We live in a part of London where there are reminders of a time when it was very different.  We are conscious of Tyburn and...
In the Spiritual Exercises, St Ignatius gives us the idea of meeting sacred scripture with one's own life, mediated through Imaginative Contemplation. The aim of these reflections is to do this in tandem with pieces of art. Each month therefore, we will offer a painting in the hope that it will enable you to reflect more deeply on a particular passage of scripture. The idea is that you can return to the painting and scripture and discover more depth throughout the month.
Young girl with tear running down her face
“I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children.”I have a friend – a good and holy Jesuit who is also a world-renowned Biblical expert. I’ll call him Fr John Smith. And his particular expertise is in Biblical languages – he is supposed to know many of the languages which existed in Palestine in Old Testament times, which is not bad at his current age of 92!But, to tell you the truth, he is also an...
A rifle, from unsplash by Thomas Tucker
The Monthly Intentions of the Holy Father are our way of sharing his concerns and taking these into our own hearts and prayer. Sometimes these concerns can be uncomfortable, even challenging. That is because they must be about real-life issues and these can often be complex and awkward. Our Christian faith is no better than superstition if we restrict it to safe topics or only with a restricted range of concerns, deemed appropriate. This month’s First Intention of the Holy Father is one such –...
An hour of  Evening Prayer and Bach Cantata at SFX on Sunday 14 May.  This is one of a series of similar events organised by Phillip Duffy, ex Master of Music at the Cathedral, and Friend of SFX Church.  Come along and enjoy a peaceful end to your weekend with some excellent music.Es ist euch gut, das ich hingeheIt is for your good that I depart (Cantata 108)A Cantata in preparation for the feast of The Ascension. Christ tells the disciples that he is soon to leave them; but...
April’s First Intention of the Holy Father, commended to all of the people of God for their prayer, points towards a big topic that will become even more prominent next year, at the next meeting of the Synod of Bishops in Rome. The preliminary work has already begun towards that next gathering, which will deal with young people’s concerns and vocations. For this month, Pope Francis asks that our prayers be joined to his, that young people may respond generously to their vocations and seriously...
Crucifix Pixabay free images
At the beginning of this month we mark Ash Wednesday, when we ourselves are marked with ashes in one of the best-known Catholic traditions of all. Churches are busy on Ash Wednesday. Something about the simple liturgy of the “Imposition of Ashes” calls to us in a deeper place in our souls. What might that be? Might it be its reminder that we, in the words of one of the prayers that can be used, are “dust, and unto dust we will return”?Or perhaps it’s Lent’s call to repentance and renewal,...
Refugees Welcome, printed on concrete
Welcome the needyCan our world ever have been more divided than now? In the lifetimes of many of us, we have not known such pain and division. An ugly licence to hate and to exclude is in the air; attitudes and behaviours that are usually, by common consent, unacceptable have been unleashed. It has shockingly become quite alright to despise the other, to embrace selfishness and to act with indifference towards those who come, in need, to us and to our countries. Narrow nationalist populism,...
Novices Patrick, Christopher and Vinny take part in Saturday morning’s Rosary
Last weekend, a group of Jesuit novices, led by Fr Simon Bishop SJ, took part in ‘The Release: Light up the Sky’, a retreat weekend for young adults, organised by Youth 2000. Hosted at St Bernard’s Catholic High School, Rotherham, there was a great atmosphere throughout the weekend, not only among the novices from Manresa House in Birmingham but also among the entire 180-or-so young people who attended.The retreat involved periods of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, along...
Detail from Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose by John Singer Sargent at Tate Britain - Creative Commons
A workshop on art that is incorporated into a nine-month course at the Mount Street Jesuit Centre (MSJC) has inspired a group to organise a day out at Tate Britain, where they spent time ‘Praying with Art’. The MSJC runs the ‘Deepening our Awareness of God Within Us’ course annually between September and July; and, as part of it, Audrey and Eamonn Hamilton – members of the Spirituality Team with a particular interest in art – lead a study day at the Tate...

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