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.
Various places within our everyday experience hint that ordinary experience contains more than just the ordinary, that God is there. One of these is laughter. Jesus teaches that laughter will be part of the final state in heaven. ‘You shall laugh!’ But, beyond that, Jesus' message as a whole assures us of joy, a joy that no one can take from us, and laughter is the lively expression of that joy. It is the apex of our final state in heaven.