‘HOME is where we start from.’ T. S. Eliot describes an experience that can be felt both as a freedom and as a heartache. For some people the place they grew up in forty years ago has changed in so many ways they would hardly recognise it if they returned today.
Nothing human can escape the delight God takes in it since the Infinite Wisdom designed for Herself a human heart in the birth of the Christchild. God has created man in His own image and, in a sense, has married human nature to the Universe.
Today people question the reality of sin; they wonder if the psychologists and sociologists haven't put sin out of business. It doesn't take very long to see the way sin can still corrupt life, particularly in our own selfishness. But there is a way of healing these wounds - we can talk to God about ourselves. We can ask him to look at our selfishness with his healing glance. Then slowly, gradually, we can begin to appreciate more why there is rejoicing among the angels over one repentant sinner - especially when that person is ourself.
From Oxford to Walsingham... walking with the Cross during Holy week. Keep updated on their progress here. Simon Bishop SJ former Chaplain to the Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy and now Director of Spirituality for the Jesuits in Britain joins them on their pilgrimage.
'We are meant to create things, not because we might get them published and receive honour and money for them. We are meant to create things because creativity, of all kinds, enters us into the deep centre of energy at the heart of things. In creativity we join ourselves to God's energy and help channel God's transcendental qualities: oneness, truth, goodness, and beauty.'
One of the most consoling texts of the Hebrew scriptures is the Book of Job, which concerns itself with the theme of why bad things happen to good people - a question to which, intriguingly, it refuses to offer up simple, faith-based answers.
Fr Ted is a British Jesuit who spent decades pioneering social change in Zimbabwe. Among his many achievements is his visionary response to the AIDS crisis in this country. He co-founded the Jesuit AIDS Project (JAP) in 1997 to stem the destruction caused by AIDS by reaching young people through peer education. He is currently a resident of the Corpus Christi Jesuit Community in Boscombe, Dorset. Here he reflects on the gospel reading for last Sunday in this, the fourth week of Lent.