Godtalk

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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...
Image reads: the hero complex
In Hollywood movies and popular literature, we are often shown a hero as someone who, by going it alone, saves the world. But the ancient myths, and a good number of anthropologists, philosophers and psychologists, tell us that this kind of ‘hero’ is not the mature archetype of the true warrior or prophet. The mature saviour, prophet, or warrior is not ‘the hero’, but ‘the knight’.The difference is that the hero operates off his own agenda, whereas the knight is under someone else’s agenda. ‘...
A Pink and Purple Sunset - found on unsplash
There is a language beyond words. Silence creates the space for it. Sometimes when we feel powerless to speak words that are meaningful, when we have to back off into unknowing and helplessness but remain in the situation, silence creates the space that’s needed for a deeper happening to occur. But often, initially, that silence is uneasy. It begins as a small frightened thing, and only slowly grows into the kind of warmth that dissolves tension.There are many times when we have no helpful...
Most people like to know something that’s secret, to know something that others don’t know but we do, and the knowledge of which gives us some insight and advantage over others who are outside the circle of that secret.  This is called ‘Gnosticism’, which forever makes an appearance in one form or another.Today we see this in society at large in the popularity of books like The Da Vinci Code. Their lure is precisely in the hint that there are secrets which a few elite know that contain...
God of our desires Ps37:4 image from edzed on Tumblr
What lies deepest inside authentic faith is the truth that God is the object of all human desire, no matter how earthy and unholy that desire might seem at times. This implies that everything we desire is contained in God. We see this expressed in the Psalms, which tell us that God is the object of our desires, and in Jesus, who tells us that it is in God that our deepest hungers and thirsts will be satiated.So we pray, without perhaps ever really being conscious of what we are saying:’ My soul...
The spiritual quest starts with our desires, asking, "What do I really want  in my  life?"  St Ignatius  Our  desires  are pivotal  to our search. We often look for the right things in the wrong places, and some pay for it the rest of their lives. Unlike what many people think today, Ignatius would not rate "being happy" as the most important desire to have and possess.  He was not against joy;  it’s just that he would argue against what we...

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