Spiritual Journeys

When they raised their eyes they saw no one but only Jesus [1].   Lent focuses our attention on Christ.  We prepare to commemorate his passion, death and resurrection.  Others help us to see him properly.  He himself directs us to the service of others.  In the end, however, everyone else is unified in him.    He is in everyone who is served, even the least of his brothers and sisters [2].   Those who teach us and help us in our faith are...
This reflection is by Fr David Stewart SJ, National Director of the Pope's Global Prayer NetworkMarch’s Intention of the Holy Father, offered to the whole church and all people of good will through his own worldwide prayer-group, coincides with the 40th anniversary this month of the assassination of Saint Oscar Romero. It comes also as we suffer with the people of China, devastated by the outbreak of the Corona virus; innocent lives shattered, so many lives lost. The Pope asks us to pray this...
You must worship the Lord your God and serve him alone [1].  Lent invites us to prepare for Easter by focusing on God alone.  The season is modelled on Jesus’ readying himself in the desert for his mission: he fasted for forty days and forty nights [2].  New life is promised us in the resurrection.  We are the children of God whom he rescues from death.  Jesus Christ will cause everyone to reign in life [3].  The prayer, penance and almsgiving of Lent are a life-...
If anyone orders you to go one mile, go two miles with him [1].  Jesus has invited us to join him on his road.  We, his disciples, follow him as generously as we can.  We ask his help to keep up with him.  We have thrown in our lot with him: you belong to Christ [2].  We listen for his orders.  He does not deceive us about the difficulty of our covering the miles with him.  However he assures us that to walk with him will lead to happiness forever. ...
Train me to observe your law, to keep it with my heart.[1] God teaches us to obey his commands and to do so with our heart.  We are to be law-abiding not reluctantly but with a love of the law. We also love the law-giver who schools our heart to make us observant of the letter and the spirit of his law.  Speak, Lord your servant is listening: you have the message of eternal life [2].   Our creator is communicating with us and showing us how to conduct ourselves. We are...
You are the light of the world [1]….your light must shine [2] for people to see.   There can be some resistance in us to the Lord’s encouragement to us allow others to have a clear vision of our faith in him.  We know that Jesus expects us to share the good news of him by word and action but we are nervous of doing so.  Our heart should be steadfast, trusting in the Lord [3] but we are daunted by what might be required of us by this task.  Even Saint Paul sometimes...
Watch the latest Pope Video herePOPE FRANCIS’S PRAYER INTENTION FOR FEBRUARY - reflection by Fr David Stewart SJAn urgent and tragic aspect of human life today is the suffering of millions of our brothers and sisters who have been forced to become refugees. A particularly harrowing dimension of this tragedy is illegal human trafficking. In his prayer Intention for February, Pope Francis asks us to confront this reality that faces contemporary humanity, asking us to “Listen to the Migrants'...
As disciples of Christ we have an agenda. There are some important things we must do. There is a ‘bucket-list’ quality about these goals: we should do them before we die.The details of this agenda are summed up in our ambition to receive Jesus into our life and to share him with others.  He, as a little child, entered the temple in Jerusalem very discretely.  Yet this was God taking possession of his house. O gates, lift up your heads, grow higher ancient doors.  Let him enter...
Jesus calls us to follow him. His call has all the authority of God. It is however an invitation to which we respond in complete freedom. Enlightened by the Holy Spirit, we followers of Christ find ourselves liberated from many burdens and difficulties. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; on those who live in a land of deep shadow a light has shone.[1] Furthermore, our discipleship is not a new kind of imprisonment replacing the old ones from which we have been...
Seeing Jesus coming towards him. John said, ‘Look there is the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’ [1].  The Lord approached John the Baptist and revealed himself as the lamb of God.  Christ comes near to us and enables us to recognise him as our saviour.  Seeing Jesus is a consequence of his coming towards those whom he empowers to recognise him. To be able to say ‘look there is the lamb of God’ is a gift from the one who transforms our thinking and our speaking....

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