Spiritual Journeys

 A young woman gazes upwards. A cross is behind her.
“Till this moment they had failed to understand the teaching of scripture, that he must rise from the dead.” [John 20.9]“So, what exactly is the point of the ‘bodily resurrection’?”I was once asked this question in a pub by a journalist. And, as always, when I find myself talking in a social environment with a journalist, I hear somewhere off in the background the words of the Police caution… “but anything you do say may be taken down and used in evidence…”But drink had been taken, so I did...
Boy running into cityscape Credit Linh Nguyen
Easter Sunday begins the month of April this year. The Pope has invited us to witness to the Resurrection in several ways, including his Intention for this month – “that economists may have the courage to reject any economy of exclusion and know how to open new paths.” We, his personal Prayer Network, are given a mission directly from the Holy Father to make his intention widely known, offering our day each morning to become more apostolically available, uniting our prayer with his. We are...
Mary of Magdala in the garden
Easter is the Christian Pasch, or Passover, although the term itself has passed out of common use. The Holy Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Saturday night Easter Vigil form together a single celebration - the single historical event of what we understand as our human salvation or redemption from sin.The central and most significant event is Jesus’ willingness to give Himself up, in spite of the betrayal of His closest followers, to a rigged trial by His own people, to a...
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When I was a teenager, I grew up in Wimbledon – a village in South London that is famous for only one thing – every June there is a tennis tournament that attracts players and spectators from all over the world. It’s supposed to be the oldest tennis tournament in the world – I’m not absolutely sure if that’s true. But it is certainly the most prestigious.And I remember particularly the first day I went there. It used to be that if you lived locally, you could walk up in the evenings, when most...
         "Unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies,                it remains only a single grain;                but if it dies,                it yields a rich harvest.”Well, yes, but the question I’ve always wanted to...
empty nest credit Luke Brugger via Unsplash
Dr Austen Ivereigh gave the annual Landings UK lecture at Farm St last week.  Landings is the organization which welcomes returning Catholics.Pope Francis’s evangelization strategy is born from the analysis of the modern world made by the Latin-American Church at its historic 2007 gathering in Aparecida, Brazil, when it called for a “pastoral and missionary conversion” in response to what it called a “change of era”. At the heart of document is understanding the current moment as a time of...
Sunlight breaks through trees. Photo by Kristine Weilert on unsplash
“The man who lives by the truth comes out into the light,so that it may be plainly seen that what he does is done in God.”When I was a novice, I used to work in a parish where – because they were giving me all the bad jobs - they put me on what we used to call “drinkers’ duty”. Every morning, from about 7 o’clock onwards, about 20-30 men and women would come up to the church and they would stop in and tell me how much alcohol they had drunk the previous day. And my job was to write it down –...
Two sheep in mountains Credit Jack Cairney
In March we continue with our Lenten observance and move into the most solemn week of the year, Holy Week.  We are taken to Palm Sunday, when we first hear proclaimed the Passion of the Lord just moments after His triumphal entrance into Jerusalem. Then we begin the solemn Paschal Triduum on Maundy Thursday. Each of us hears an invitation to ponder these awesome events. We conclude these holy days on the evening of the last day of the month at the Easter Vigil when the new light of the...
Fr Damian Howard SJ
Homily given by Fr Damian Howard SJ on the occasion of the First Vows of Jacques St Laurent SJ, 27th February 2018.When we asked Jacques to choose some scripture texts for today’s Mass, he took the plain old readings of the second week of Lent. He knew instinctively that we don’t put words into God’s mouth; the Word of God is to be submitted to.As it happens, this Lenten Gospel shines a piercing light on the commitment we have gathered to hear Jacques make. There is a delightful sign in it...
God made me and God doesn't make junk - Anonymous
“…they discussed among themselves what ‘rising from the dead’ could mean.”One of my patients has a favourite T-shirt which he often wears to consultations with me. In block red capitals (presumably he has concerns about my eyesight) it says, “Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future.”Having lived with quite a few saints in my time, I can heartily attest to the former. But, just in case I have to live with them again, the story I am going to tell you is about the latter….Now, you may...

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