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Helping the Homeless

Godtalk: Attracting People to Christ

BY PKnott

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 11:06

Goodness is the fruit of the love shown by God when he created humankind; Christians don't have a monopoly of goodness. This is key to our evangelisation - our evangelisation will have a much greater chance of success if we can draw others to Christ through their admiration of the sensitivity, understanding and admiration we show for them, rather than by condemnation of the very world in which they, as individual non-Christians, lead lives of what is often sheer human goodness.

Patient with anaesthetist

Labour in the Lord's vineyard

BY JHellings

Friday, October 3, 2014 - 15:34

As we celebrate the harvest, Paul O'Reilly SJ uses the example of a failing hospital to show how stretching ourselves to use our talents can bring great joy.

Smiling Man

Godtalk: Surprised by Joy

BY PKnott

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 19:20

The Gospels are full of references to joy in everyday situations. However, we think of joy as something separate and special from everyday life - parties, weekends, and holidays. But joy cannot be forced - and in fact only really comes about when we actively try to create joy for others.

Dominican Friar praying the Rosary

Godtalk: Chastity is about love

BY PKnott

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 16:44

We can often think that chastity is a vow which curtails possible loving experience, without exploring what kinds of loving experiences can be made possible by taking a vow of celibacy. Rather than limiting our ability to love others, these states of life open up the possibility of loving other people more radically than other forms of life.

Zacchaeus in his tree, by Maria Laughlin

Godtalk: Bringing out the Best in People

BY PKnott

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 08:31

Jesus had been able to bring the best out of people, like Peter who became the first Pope, like Zacchaus who became a generous philanthropist, like a narrow minded nationalist, Saul, who became Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles. Jesus shows us how we can try and see the best in people, when our natural tendency is to see the worst.

Police and Dog in stand off with Ferguson protestors

Death in Ferguson

BY Ruth

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 12:25

In light of recent events in Ferguson, Fr Frank Turner SJ gives us some insight into the situation many young black Americans face today.

Called to be builders of the Kingdom of God

BY Ruth

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 19:36

This Sunday 14 September is Racial Justice Sunday, Tim Byron SJ reminds us that we are called to be builders of the Kingdom of God.

Field of Wheat

Godtalk: Handle with Care

BY PKnott

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 12:09

Most of us think we aren't bad people, but this isn't the whole picture. Jesus gives us a more accurate picture of human nature - human nature is always going to be a mixture of the bad and the good.

St Peter being given the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven by Christ

Pride: the most deadly of the mortal sins

BY RMorris

Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 18:47

Everyone faces the temptation to assume they know what God wants. If we're lucky, we have people to encourage restraint; if we aren't lucky, we just have to learn from our mistakes.

Jan Brueghel the Elder, The Sermon on the Mount

Godtalk: The Poor in Spirit

BY PKnott

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 08:12

The first of the Beatitudes may well be the best rule for all of us in living our everyday life. While being poor in spirit may seem a very bad thing, poverty of spirit is, in fact a reflection of everyday reality: we are often powerless to change things. It means accepting that we can’t do everything at home, at work or in our church. It saves us from being a ‘human doing’ instead of a human being.

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