Spiritual Journeys

This month, so many of us continue our fervent prayer for all of humanity, as the whole world continues to suffer from the pandemic, yet we keep in our prayer another concern that will affect us all, now and in the generations that follow us. Pope Francis asks us to pray with him “that the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence may always serve humankind”.When we respond to the Pope’s monthly pleas to pray with him about a specific intention, we commit ourselves to praying with him...
The heavenly Jerusalem is our mother, where the great array of our brothers and sisters already gives you eternal praise [1]. All the saints are in the presence of God.  They see him, they praise him, they pray to him for us. They are so many intercessors [2].  I saw a huge number, impossible to count, of people from every nation, race, tribe and language; they were standing in front of the throne [3].  Close to throne of grace, the throng of saints contemplate the vision of...
Almighty ever-living God, increase our faith hope and charity, and make us love what you command, so that we may merit what you promise [1].  We ask for grace to love what you command.   With God’s help we can love him with all our heart, all our soul and all our mind [2]. To enable us to love him with our whole being, God commands us to do so.  His invitation to found our life on him is very insistent.  It is an order.  He gives us plenty of other support,...
Give back to God what belongs to him [1].  Let the taxes owed to the Roman emperor be paid to him.  Return to God what belongs to him.  Which of God’s possessions should be given back to him?  Do we not belong to God and should we not go back to him?  He has made us.  We seek him. We are on a path which will bring us into his presence. One day we will return to him definitively.  There are already many opportunities to give back to God what belongs to him....
Put on Jesus Christ [1].To ‘put him on’ is to allow him to take over completely. Jesus is worn for best and he is also working clothes.  He is not a coat to be put on or taken off according to the weather or for an occasion. To wear him is to be possessed by him.  Allowing the Lord to be in charge of us is the best thing we can do.  His take-over of our life is worthy of extravagant celebration.  I have my banquet all prepared [2].  To ‘put on Christ’ changes...
He will bring those wretches to a wretched end and will lease the vineyard to other tenants [1].We are the new tenants to whom the Lord now entrusts his property.  He has expelled our wicked predecessors who would not welcome his messengers or listen to his word and who put to death his Son.  We are making a fresh start.  Hope and joy accompanies a new beginning.  This is the Lord’s doing and it is wonderful to see? [2]  The new team is being trusted to do better. For...
The Prayer Intention for October, offered to the whole church by Pope Francis through his worldwide prayer network, concerns “The Laity’s Mission in the Church”. He invites us to pray with him that “by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church”.We know well that each of us, as a baptised person, is empowered for mission through the Sacraments of Initiation - Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Our word, “mission”, derives...
Part of our saying ‘yes’ to God, our doing his will, is our penitent acknowledgement that we have often said and done the opposite. We first said ‘no’. Only later did we begin to do and say ‘yes’. Deeds are more important than words.  All the better, however, to achieve coherence between what we say and what we do.  We desire to do what God wants and do so wholeheartedly, even joyfully.  Our seeking God’s will extends to endeavouring not only to obeying his commands but also to...
Why have you been standing here idle all day?[1]We are most of us slow to learn to love God.  Examining our life, we realise that we have focused on many other things before trying to give the central place to God.   Late have I loved thee [2] prayed Augustine, expressing a regret about this tardiness.   The landowner’s phrase, standing here idle all day, could seem less apt.  We have been busy with other things, some of them important.  Yes, we have come late...
Were you not bound, then, to have pity on your fellow servant just as I had pity on you? [1]The parable shares with us no reply from the unforgiving servant.  Silent, he is handed over to the torturers [2].   What could he say?  Forgiven a great deal himself, he refused forgiveness to one who owed him a comparative trifle.  Decency, justice and sweet reason seemed to mean nothing to him.   He had asked for mercy and received it abundantly but could not show it...

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