Godtalk

June has, for a long time, been the month of particular devotion to the Heart of Christ, the Sacred Heart The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart occurs usually around half-way through the month, nineteen days after Pentecost, while, every year, many individuals and parishes pray a Sacred Heart Novena; a period of nine days, with a structured prayer each day. People understand instinctively that there...
JUNE’S PRAYER INTENTIONThis month, Pope Francis takes us to a fundamental aspect of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, since its earliest days as the Apostleship of Prayer. At its beginning, over 175 years ago, and ever since, this ministry has been rooted in devotion to the Heart of Christ, the Sacred Heart. This month, during which the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart occurs, the Pope asks that “We pray that all those who suffer may find their way in life, allowing themselves to be touched by...
Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said: Father the hour has come to glorify your Son [1]. The glory of the Lord is in his death, resurrection and ascension.  Jesus’ glory is also in all that he achieves through his followers and their many kinds of service. In them I am glorified [2] he says. In all that we do as his disciples we are in communion with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  The whole of our life, empowered by Christ, is a prayer to God.  This prayer is...
How are we to defend our faith?  What shall we say?  Always have your answer ready for the people who ask you the reason for the hope that you all have [1].  Questions come from inquirers for whom, by the grace of God, we can be conduits of his answer and of his welcome to them. Who is wondering about the reason of our hope?   Are there some very close to us, who do not share our faith, who venture a question from time to time?  Does another generation sometimes...
I am the gate of the sheepfold [1].  Jesus is our access to where we want to be.   He welcomes us, first, to himself.   We go in, not brushing past him, but being helped through by him.   He is gate and gatekeeper.  At this entrance there is a new beginning.  Our way to new life is the way of the Lord.  He shows us what to do.  Our saviour guides us from death to life, from lifelessness to new life.  We pass the gate of the sheepfold...
A RESPONSE OF TENDERNESS"To the pandemic of the virus we want to respond with the universality of prayer, of compassion, of tenderness", suggested Pope Francis, just before Holy Week and Easter, as the virus ripped through almost every country in the world. This pandemic transcends, indeed ignores, all national boundaries but so too could that trinity of prayer, compassion and tenderness that the Holy Father proposed. This echoes Pope Francis’s frequent previous pleas for what he termed a “...
You must be the only person staying in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have been happening there these last few days [1]. The stranger on the road to Emmaus seems out of touch to Cleopas and his fellow-disciple.  He does not know all about Jesus of Nazareth [2].  Yet it turns out that this ‘stranger’ who is walking by their side [3] is Jesus.  Something prevented them from recognising him [4].   What is it that impedes disciples, familiar with Christ...
Saint Augustine speculated that in heaven the glorified bodies of the martyrs might bear some traces of their sufferings. ‘Such scars will not be blemishes’ he wrote, ‘but, rather, marks of honour. Although corporeal they will shine out with a truly spiritual beauty.[1]’  This speculation reminds us of something important about the wounds on the body of the risen Christ.  The marks of his suffering do not detract from his glory but, instead, are part of it.   He showed them...
I have risen and I am with you still [1].   Jesus Christ has risen from the dead and is with us.  He continues his mission to bring us to the Father.  The resurrection leads us to God.   The stone was rolled away and the way, the truth and the life emerged.  The grave-clothes were abandoned and there was a clothing in glory.  Jesus, glorified, is present to us, guiding us towards the eternal life which he has inaugurated. His triumph over sin and death he...
Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow [1].Who are those who pass by the passion of Christ?  Matthew tells us about people who are involved, not about passers-by.  Our attention is drawn to the central figures and to those who have their moment of significance: Jesus, Peter, the faithful women, Judas, the high priest, Pilate, the thieves, the centurion and his soldiers, Joseph of Arimathaea and others.  His friends left Jesus...

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