Godtalk

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. The point of the Book of Job is his ultimate recognition of the inscrutable mystery of God's ways and in his penitent recognition of God's sovereignty.  While he cavils at God's providential ordering of men's affairs and beats his fists in vain...
Hurricane
To be a human being is to be endlessly distracted. We aren’t persons who live in habitual spiritual awareness who occasionally get distracted. We’re persons who live in habitual distraction who occasionally become spiritually aware. We tend be so preoccupied with the ordinary business of living that it takes a hurricane of some sort for God to break through.C.S. Lewis, commenting on why we tend to turn to God only during a hurricane, once put it this way: God is always speaking to us, but...
That We May Be One
For more than a thousand years, Christians have not had the joy of being one family around Christ. Although there were already tensions within the earliest Christian communities, it was not until the year 1054 that there was a formal split so as to, in effect, establish two formal Christian communities, the Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church in the West.The Protestant Reformation in the sixteenth century saw a further split within the Western Church and Christianity. Today there are more...
An image of an Ark
“If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you......”   Rudyard Kipling's famous poem provides a key to understanding the story of Noah and the Ark as much as any scriptural commentary.That story tells of a  time when the whole earth was flooded and one man, Noah, had the foresight to build a boat on which he had placed a male and female of every living species on earth so as to save them from extinction. Like other bible stories this...
A word cloud based on the Our Father
When we pray the Lord’s Prayer we ask for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Taken out of context, that might sound cold and impersonal. But Jesus gave this prayer as an example to his disciples who had asked how they could pray like Our Lord. They had found something attractive in him, in his way of life, and wanted to live like him. And when we hear St Paul describing the effects of the Holy Spirit, of the Father and of the Son as love (charity), joy, peace, patience,...
Image with text: Where Love is, there God is
What's ‘new’ about the New Evangelisation? What’s new is the recognition that we have to present the Gospel today in three principle settings, as Pope Francis explains. “In first place, we can mention the area of ordinary pastoral ministry, which is animated by the fire of the Spirit, so as to inflame the hearts of the faithful who regularly take part in community worship and gather on the Lord's day to be nourished by his word and by the bread of eternal life. In this category we can also...
Jesuits in Britain 2014 Calendar front page
Some thoughts from the ‘Jesuit Calendar 2014’ may be helpful in finding God in all things. We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.  We are spiritual beings who have a human experience.  Teilhard de Chardin SJ An optimist, in my view,  is someone who has the conviction that God knows, can do and will do what is best for humankind. Pedro Arrupe SJ When you get rid of your fear of failure and your tensions about succeeding you can be yourself. You are no longer driving with your...
Image of Doves with text: Seek His Kingdom First
When we pray the Lord’s Prayer we ask for God’s kingdom to come, God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. But that can sound rather cold and impersonal. When we hear St Paul describing the effects of the Holy Spirit of God as love (charity), joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control, it sounds more encouraging. And St Paul adds elsewhere in his letters humility and forgiveness, everything that is excellent and honourable and worthy of...
A cartoon of a group of people
Christmas marked the fulfilment of the Hebrew scripture with the arrival of the Messiah, the Christ child. The Feast of the Epiphany shows us Christ presented to the world. In the child Jesus, God came to share in our humanity so that we might share in his divinity. When God became human he met us in a real, authentic way. This is still where we find God today, in our common humanity. Our humanity has become God’s home. It follows that our tendency to protect ourselves by making...
Image of a tree
The story of Christ and the meaning of Christmas can only be properly understood by looking at Jesus’ family tree, and by looking at how his story continues today. Why is his family tree, this long list of names in Matthew and Luke so important? Among other things, the genealogies trace Jesus' origins in a way that tells us his real story will not be grasped by anyone who thinks that Christ Jesus’ human origins contained no sin or weakness. Christ’s ancestors weren’t all saintly. Rather,...

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