Godtalk

The word that goes from my mouth does not return to me empty, without carrying out my will and succeeding in what it was sent to do [1]. Are we struck by the efficiency of God?  His word is effective.  The divine will is expressed and it is put into practice.  God commands: his creatures obey.  Guiltily we acknowledge that we, part of his creation, have not been consistently cooperative. We have heard the word and not done it.  Their ears are dull of hearing, and...
I bless you God for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children [1].   Our faith is in accessible truths, which govern our life.  When we believe in God and conduct ourselves on the basis of that belief then everything is different. All’s smitten through with Him [2].   Divine teaching is revealed to us in something like the way in which children apprehend what is important.  Our coming to know, for example, that God...
ACCOMPANY FAMILIES WITH LOVE, RESPECT & GUIDANCEAs we passed the year’s longest day last month, many families felt that this was the longest year ever as so many suffered at various levels from the effects of the pandemic. Families grieved the loss of beloved elders and loved ones while enduring job losses and economic uncertainty. At the invitation of the Pope, in June we contemplated the wounded side of the Saviour and took solace and strength from the blood and water that flowed from his...
Grant us, O Lord…so to live in the Church, that persevering in the breaking of the Bread and in the teaching of the Apostles, we may be one heart and one soul, made steadfast in your love [1].On the feast of the holy apostles, Saints Peter and Paul, we pray for the strength to be the Church, which Jesus founded. On this rock I will build my Church [2].  We desire to be faithful to Christ who was broken for us on Calvary and who continues to be offered in the Mass.  We seek to...
Do not be afraid.  For everything that is now covered will be uncovered and everything now hidden will be made clear [1].   Jesus reassures us that fear is banished by the truth.  God in Christ invites us to his way, truth and life [2].  He reveals his true self, inviting us to faith, imitation and a sharing of divine life.  To possess knowledge of God is to be strong in the face of that which frightens us.  The joy of sharing our understanding with others...
Deem not the whole doth more enfold / Than in the fractured part resides [1]. The sacred host might be divided but there is no division of the Lord. The body of Christ is not diminished by being shared.  The blood of Christ is poured out but not depleted.  God has come to us in all the sacraments which have ever been celebrated without being weakened by his generosity.  The gift of the undivided body and blood of Christ heals division in us.  Those who receive this...
June has, for a long time, been the month of particular devotion to the Heart of Christ, the Sacred Heart The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart occurs usually around half-way through the month, nineteen days after Pentecost, while, every year, many individuals and parishes pray a Sacred Heart Novena; a period of nine days, with a structured prayer each day. People understand instinctively that there...
JUNE’S PRAYER INTENTIONThis month, Pope Francis takes us to a fundamental aspect of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, since its earliest days as the Apostleship of Prayer. At its beginning, over 175 years ago, and ever since, this ministry has been rooted in devotion to the Heart of Christ, the Sacred Heart. This month, during which the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart occurs, the Pope asks that “We pray that all those who suffer may find their way in life, allowing themselves to be touched by...
Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said: Father the hour has come to glorify your Son [1]. The glory of the Lord is in his death, resurrection and ascension.  Jesus’ glory is also in all that he achieves through his followers and their many kinds of service. In them I am glorified [2] he says. In all that we do as his disciples we are in communion with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  The whole of our life, empowered by Christ, is a prayer to God.  This prayer is...
How are we to defend our faith?  What shall we say?  Always have your answer ready for the people who ask you the reason for the hope that you all have [1].  Questions come from inquirers for whom, by the grace of God, we can be conduits of his answer and of his welcome to them. Who is wondering about the reason of our hope?   Are there some very close to us, who do not share our faith, who venture a question from time to time?  Does another generation sometimes...

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