Godtalk

A Unity Cross
All major religions believe that the first thing we need to affirm about God is that God is ineffable, beyond all human imagination and language. Everything we think and say about God reveals some truth, but, this side of eternity, never the complete truth. No dogma and no religion provides an adequate expression of God.All religious truth is partial and limited in its historical expression and cannot claim adequacy. All religions,  all expressions of theology, irrespective of denomination...
How should we understand the Eucharist?  When instituting the Eucharist at Last Supper, Jesus didn’t ask his disciples to understand what they were doing, he only asked them to celebrate it faithfully until he returned.  When he offered them bread and said, “This is my body”, and then offered them wine and said, “This is my blood”, they would not have understood.  There must have been considerable confusion and bewilderment: How are we supposed to understand this?Their...
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After explaining the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer,  St Augustine goes on to speak about answers to prayer.We do not know how to pray as we ought. You may still perhaps ask why the apostle Paul said, 'We do not know how to pray as we ought'; for it is impossible to believe that either he or those to whom he was saying this did not know the Lord's prayer. The apostle shows that he himself is not exempt from ignorance. He hardly knew how to pray as he ought when, to prevent his...
A Crackling Fire
‘God makes his sun shine on the evil and the good and sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. ‘ Matt 5.45    We are all energised by the same sacred source. The same energy that fuels the dedicated selflessness of the saint fires the irresponsible acting-out of the prodigal son in Luke’s gospel.  Both are fuelled by the same sacred energy, though for very different purposes.It's easy to misinterpret this.   For example, one of the criticisms made of religion...
Appreciating our differences
It's easy to see God’s grace and blessing in what unites us. We sense the presence of grace when, at our core, we feel a strong moral bond with certain other persons, Churches, and faiths. But what if what makes other persons, Churches, and faiths seem foreign and strange is also a grace, a difference intended by God?  Can we think of our differences, as we think of our unity, as a gift from God? Most religions, including Christianity, would answer yes.In both the Jewish and the Christian...
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Christ is the giver of Good News, pointing the way to live life to the full.  ‘I came’, said Jesus,’ that you might have the fullness of life.’ John 10.10   But the Good News, the Gospel includes some ‘hard sayings’. Matt 5. 17-48   Jesus' teaching shows up our human frailties. Right living starts with right attitudes.  We need to control our thoughts and emotions before they result in outward actions.Hearing this, some people are going to feel uncomfortable. For...
I am the way the truth the life
“There are two extremes that the Christian must avoid,” says Bishop Geoffrey Robinson.*  “One extreme speaks only of personal self-fulfillment and denies the example and words of Jesus about taking up a cross. The other extreme speaks only the negative language of denial and renunciation and does not allow for the proper self-love without which true growth is not possible. There is a middle ground and it may be found only when we reject both extremes and try to combine into one the two...
The Sea and the Sun with a profile of a woman
In his novel 'The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne', Brian Moore tells this story. Judith Hearne is a gifted woman, healthy, attractive, competent, comfortable financially, in good relationships with her family and friends. She is loved and respected.There is one problem.  She is approaching midlife, is unmarried and without children.  She is conscious that her biological clock is running down.  Hence, without fully grasping the situation, Judith becomes desperate....
Divine Office - 7 times a day I praise thee
    In one of his conferences St Thomas Aquinas spoke of the pleasures of life everlasting with God. “It is fitting that the last article of faith in the creed should give expression to that which is the end of all our desires, namely eternal life, in the words, ‘Life everlasting, Amen.’" The first thing to be noted is that in eternal life we are united to God, since God himself is our reward and the end of all our labours: 'I am your shield and your very great reward...
An interfaith banner from the Nichols College Chaplaincy from Sean on Flickr
All world religions are prone to disrespect and violence. Invariably, those acting in this way see their actions as justified by sacred cause.   It would seem that it’s always been so. No religion, has been innocent.Every one of the great religions of the world, including Christianity, has been, at various times, both persecuted and persecutor. So what are the fundamental principles we should try to live out in our relationship with other faiths?What’s best in each of our...

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