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Godtalk: Goodness unfolds gradually

BY PKnott

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 10:39

God writes straight with crooked lines, it is said.  But can good really come out of evil? Do love, truth, and justice ever work out through hatred, lies, and injustice? Do crooked lines really straighten?

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Godtalk: Devaluation of love

BY PKnott

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 16:31

We don’t seem to speak much about love any more. Although we retain a mystical belief in it we prefer not to speak about it. We would rather speak about relationships and sex. We can get relationship and sex therapy on the NHS, but anyone asking for love therapy free at the point of delivery might be looked at askance. Surely this way of speaking is both more realistic and more scientific. Love is an ideal, like an elusive perfume, but relationships are the nitty-gritty, the crucible where all our “issues” are played out.

That We May Be One

Godtalk: Christ calls for unity

BY PKnott

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 16:41

For more than a thousand years, Christians have not had the joy of being one family around Christ. Oneness was close to the heart of Jesus. He wants all his followers at the same table.

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Godtalk: Building an ark

BY PKnott

Friday, February 14, 2014 - 15:56

“If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you......” Rudyard Kipling's famous poem provides a key to understanding the story of Noah and the Ark as much as any scriptural commentary.

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Godtalk: The reality prayer

BY PKnott

Monday, February 10, 2014 - 16:00

When we pray the Lord’s Prayer we ask for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Taken out of context, that might sound cold and impersonal. But Jesus gave this prayer as an example to his disciples who had asked how they could pray like Our Lord. They had found something attractive in him, in his way of life, and wanted to live like him.

Pope Francis with crowds of children

Volunteering at JRS, the Day-Centre

BY Anonymous

Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 00:00

Working at the JRS has helped me to see in the vulnerable stranger a mirror of myself, and a reflection of Christ that points towards an invitation to human solidarity. Mike Guilfoyle, talks about his experience as a JRS volunteer...

Image with text: Where Love is, there God is

Godtalk: The New Evangelisation

BY PKnott

Friday, January 31, 2014 - 00:00

What's ‘new’ about the New Evangelisation? What’s new is the recognition that we have to present the Gospel today in three principle settings, as Pope Francis explains.

Jesuits in Britain 2014 Calendar front page

Godtalk: Spirited Soundbites

BY PKnott

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 17:53

Some thoughts from the ‘Jesuit Calendar 2014’ may be helpful in finding God in all things.
To commemorate the 200th anniversary this year of the restoration of the Society of Jesus by Pope Pius VII, the Jesuits in Britain have produced a special calendar for 2014. The calendar features illustrations of 12 Jesuits from across the world who have been active in various ministries over the past 200 years.

Image of Doves with text: Seek His Kingdom First

Godtalk: How I Found God in Wilkinson's

BY PKnott

Friday, January 17, 2014 - 00:00

When we pray the Lord’s Prayer we ask for God’s kingdom to come, God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.

But that can sound rather cold and impersonal. When we hear St Paul describing the effects of the Holy Spirit of God as love (charity), joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control, it sounds more encouraging.

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Godtalk: Finding God in Others

BY PKnott

Friday, January 10, 2014 - 00:00

Christmas marked the fulfilment of the Hebrew scripture with the arrival of the Messiah, the Christ child. The Feast of the Epiphany shows us Christ presented to the world. In the child Jesus, God came to share in our humanity so that we might share in his divinity.

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