apostleship of prayer

Politics - Houses of Parliament
It’s sometimes said that the followers of Christ should stay out of politics; what they are meant to do instead, isn’t so clear. If “politics” means party politics, actively favouring one side of party over another, then Christ’s people should most certainly be engaged.There is an important condition, though: justice, absolute concern for the poor in an unfair world and the greater universal good must be their watchwords, their guidelines, and if the party they favour has to be examined closely...
The Apostleship of Prayer is the Pope’s own prayer-group. Here is the second of two intentions he asks us to pray in the month of June, 2015.That the personal encounter with Jesus may arouse in many young people the desire to offer their own lives in priesthood or consecrated life.It is, in our country and elsewhere, a matter of deep concern that for several decades there have been far fewer young men and women offering themselves for the consecrated life or the sacred priesthood. Commonly we...
Pope Francis greets refugees, Centro Astalli, Italy,
The Apostleship of Prayer is the Pope’s own prayer-group. Here is the first of two intentions he asks us to pray in the month of June, 2015.That immigrants and refugees may find welcome and respect in the countries to which they come.Few have been unaware of the shocking news coming from the Mediterranean in recent months of so many thousands of desperate migrants rescued from the open sea. Yet they were the fortunate ones; many more have lost their lives in horrifying circumstances, drowning...
St Claude de la Colombiere SJ 1641-1682
There are more illustrious Jesuit saints than Claude de la Colombiere SJ, the gentle Frenchman who was the spiritual director and “perfect friend” of St Margaret Mary Alacoque, but Claude’s legacy is as valuable as any of theirs. Like Margaret Mary, he is forever associated with the devotion to the Heart of Christ while it is less well-known that, for several years, he lived and ministered in London at the royal Court of St. James in Westminster; and the suffering he endured there, in a context...
Diepsfoot Township north of Johannesburg
To delve into the reasons as to why children end up on the streets, women are battered and old people are housebound and alone, is to do a collective, global examination of conscience. It is to ask the question: why is this so? And perhaps most importantly, the question: why do we permit it to be so? After all, most people would be horrified at the thought of their own children becoming street kids, their own mothers being beaten and kicked or their own grandparents being neglected. And that...
I am Fr Michael Beattie and I have been a member of the British Province of the Society of Jesus for almost sixty years.Most of my active life has been spent as the parish priest, in charge of St George’s Worcester, The Sacred Heart Wimbledon, Farm Street Church, The Sacred Heart  Edinburgh and Corpus Christi Boscombe, Bournemouth. For 27 years I was very active as the National Secretary of the Apostleship of Prayer which occupation took me into parishes  the length and breadth of the...

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