Scripture

48 Hours with the Word: Oxford, 4 - 6 March 2016
The Catholic Chaplaincy at the University of Oxford is offering a 48-hour retreat that combines reflection on Scripture with the Jubilee Year of Mercy – and Nightfever. It will involve a time of prayer and of encountering Christ through the Lectio Divina and will include a mini-pilgrimage to a local Door of Mercy.48 Hours with the Word is a retreat at the Chaplaincy based around the Lectio Divina, (Latin for "Divine Reading") which is a traditional Benedictine practice of scriptural reading,...
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Cosmologists tell us that although we see only 2 per cent of the universe, scientists ‘know’ by inference that the other 98 per cent must be there. It’s just that it’s hidden behind dark matter and black holes. This might be helpful for thinking about Advent.This season should make us aware that we know very little about God.  What we do know, even the events of Christ’s first coming, are only a fraction of what is still to be discovered. In St Paul’s...
Open Bible
One of the great tragedies and errors of the way people have understood the Bible has been the assumption that what people did in the Old Testament must have been right 'because it's in the Bible'. It has justified violence, enslavement, abuse and suppression of women, murderous prejudice against gay people; it has justified all manner of things we now cannot but as Christians regard as evil.But they are not there in the Bible because God is telling us, 'That's good.'...
Simon and Garfunkel in concert
It’s that time of year. Distant voices call for your attention.  Recently it was Glastonbury, but my tent stayed in the cupboard and I stayed home.   Last weekend it was Scotland’s own T in the park, and the adventurous crowds are heading off to Kinross. Two years ago the surprise was that Nicola Benedetti was playing. This year the main story seems to be that the sun was shining (at least part of the time), and there was some advice from Martin Doherty of Chvrches (...
Scripture scholar Father Nicholas King SJ has brought the Bible to life – not only in written form but now in a series of CDs of the Gospels. On the recordings, Fr King reads from the New Testament – just as Jesus’ followers would have heard it: with passion, humour and deep faith, from his own unique translation. Publisher Kevin Mayhew says this brand-new translation of the Bible has been greeted with jubilation by readers, church leaders and scholars. “It’s...
Following his popular presentation on Caravaggio at the Lauriston Jesuit Centre in Edinburgh, Fr Geoff Wheaton SJ will be returning for the four Mondays in May to look at various images of Jesus and their basis in the New Testament. The four presentations will look at various portrayals of Jesus that we can discern from the Gospels, such as Jesus the Friend of Women,  Jesus our Friend,  Jesus who Reconciles,  Jesus the Light,  Jesus who is Tempted, the Tender Jesus and Jesus...
My first encounter with the Jesuits was in Rome. I studied at the Gregorian University for seven years and am deeply grateful to my Jesuit professors for the theological foundations that were laid in those years. The seeds were sown then but a fuller appreciation of what I had received only came later. My vocational path took me to the Friars Minor (Franciscans) where I was able to integrate the charisms of Francis and Ignatius through my involvement in Franciscan directed retreats in this...