Creation

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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Harvest thanksgiving celebrates not only God’s seasonal gifts of crops for sustenance, but has become a more general celebration of thanksgiving for his gift of all the rich and interdependent diversity of life on earth.  We are increasingly aware of the fragility of the intricate balance that sustains such a rich diversity of life on our unique planet, and of the fragility of the conditions required for any life to continue on earth at all.Early in the last century with so many boasts of...
Protesters at Standing Rock. Fibonacci Blue/Flickr
The Jesuits in the USA and Canada have described as “morally unacceptable” the decision by the US Army Corps to resume the process that would establish a pipeline that would cross under the Missouri River north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. They claim that it would violate the rights of the indigenous peoples and would threaten their water supplies.In a statement from the Jesuit Conference of the USA and Canada, the Society of Jesus, together with the Red Cloud Indian School on the...
Care for the environment has been a key issue for this pontificate. Credit: Wikipedia
Pope Francis has called on Christians of all denominations to engage in a major global ecumenical stewardship initiative, as we prepare to celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation tomorrow (Thursday, 1 September).Originally an initiative of the Orthodox Church, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation started in 1989; Pope Francis went on to establish it as an event for the Catholic Church in a letter last year to Cardinal Peter Turkson, the President of the Pontifical...
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In speaking of the way we should think about security for the future, Jesus used a curious example - a man who cheated his employer. Luke 16.1-8   But it's the astuteness, not the dishonesty of the steward we are to imitate. Wise people look to the future. They think ahead. Such was the worldly-wise steward. He used his resourcefulness to secure his material needs.Those who try to keep close to Christ must equally look to the future.All the goods of this world are entrusted to us...
Pope Francis has set up in the Catholic Church a “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” which will be celebrated on September 1st annually.The Pope writes that the ecological crisis calls us to a profound spiritual conversion “whereby the effects of our encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in our relationship with the world around us.” He continues, “living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary...
Pope Francis’s visit to South America started with a meeting with the hierarchy of Ecuador, in Bicentennial Park in Quito. After he had been greeted by the President of the Ecuadorian Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Fausto Gabriel Travez OFM, the Pope spoke with the bishops before presiding at Mass with a congregation of more 1.5 million people and 1,200 priests.In his homily, the Pope spoke about liberation: liberation from social inequality and sin, the need for inclusion at all levels and...
Sun breaking through the clouds
One of the reasons why we struggle with faith at times is that God’s presence in us and in our world is rarely dramatic, something impossible to ignore. God doesn’t work like that. Rather God’s presence, much to our frustration and impatience at times, is something quiet and seemingly helpless inside us, rarely making waves. Because we are not sufficiently aware of this, we tend to misunderstand the dynamics of faith and find ourselves habitually trying to ground our faith precisely something...
Dirty paint brushes in a studio
There are three kinds of performers: The first, while singing a song or doing a dance, are making love to themselves. The second, while performing, are making love to the audience. The third, while on stage, are making love to the song, to the dance, to the drama itself. It's not difficult to discern who the better performer is. The one making love to the song, of course, best honours the song and draws energy from some deeper place.  And he or she does this by entering into and channelling the...
A morning of reflection on a Christian approach to becoming reconciled with creation will take place in the Marie Eugenie room at Heythrop College from 9.30am until 1pm.9.30    Welcome with coffee and tea10.00 Myles Allen (http://www.eci.ox.ac.uk/people/allenmyles.php) - Climate Change: causes and consequences           Mary Colwell (http://curlewmedia.com/mary-colwell) - It is not just about Climate Change12.00  Coffee and...