David Stewart SJ

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January, and a new year, usually feels like a chance of a fresh start in more ways than just the numbers on the calendar. A great many of us have experienced the year just ended as pretty awful, quite exceptional in so much tragedy and suffering, such intolerance and hatred. The world is full of anger.It is on this world that the trinity gazes, this world and no other. If we feel a desire welling up from deep within our hearts for something better in 2017, so does the heart of God, in that...
Unite yourself with the Pope in prayer throughout the year
It is still not too late to order your 2017 Living Prayer Booklet that includes Daily Offerings, the Pope's prayer intentions, reflections and more for the year ahead. Beginning in January, only one prayer intention will be offered by Pope Francis, so that the second one can be topical or of current concern; but the format otherwise remains unchanged.The Pope also now has a mobile application called Click To Pray, brought to you by the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of...
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It’s December; we are in Advent, the season that reminds us that we are approaching Christmas. Some of our attention is turning towards children – the Christ-child of the well-loved Nativity and Infancy stories from Luke’s Gospel and the children for whom Christmas is a special time, although not always for wholesome or sacred reasons. Advent evolved in the Catholic Christian imagination, not as another Lent but responding to a sense that reflective preparation is necessary,...
It is October and the Holy Father invites us all to consider a fresh pair of intentions throughout the month. Like his predecessors did, Francis entrusts these intentions to the Apostleship of Prayer, his own worldwide prayer-network, for us to spread to the whole people of God.This month, the first intention concerns an area we maybe don’t pray about often – journalism, and journalists.The month’s missionary concern reminds us of World Mission Sunday and our missionary roles....
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This month, Pope Francis has asked us to join him in a prayer for, and about, sports – that sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world. Do we ever think about sports as a topic for our prayer? Maybe, only when our favourite team is about to participate in a big match or prestigious tournament! Maybe the only time we ever might link our prayer and whatever sport we follow, or play, is at that moment, and it’s...
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If we feel drawn, this June, to praying with Pope Francis for the concerns that lie in his heart, we can definitely make our prayer richer and more consoling if we unite them to Christ’s heart, too.This month has traditionally been devoted to the heart of Christ, the Sacred Heart, and it’s at the beginning of the month, when the church – you and I – mark the feast-day properly known as the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart. Pope Benedict XVI urged Catholics "to renew,...
Pope Francis appeals directly for us all to join him in prayer
The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network has launched ‘the Pope Video’ through which Pope Francis invites men and women of the world to unite in prayer for his intentions related to the challenges facing humanity. This global multi-media initiative builds on the network that has grown as the Apostleship of Prayer since 1844; its first statutes were approved by Pius IX in 1879 and its promotion was entrusted to the Jesuits as an ecclesial ministry of the Church throughout the world. Since 1929, the...
Christ and the woman taken in adultery Pieter Breugel, Courtauld Institute
Before embarking on the retreat in daily life, I was feeling more and more like my Christian faith was trapped in my private mind, only popping out briefly for discussions and at Sunday Mass. This was very ironic because, as a student of Theology, I was constantly being reminded by great thinkers that Christianity is not a private experience or about a weekly fix of grace. It was an insight that my prayer guide, David (David Stewart SJ), would later sum up with the phrase, “the sacrament of the...
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Many of us from the tape-recording era used to compile tapes made from our favourite tunes. Today we’d call it a ‘mash-up’ (combining in one, things from different sources) which is quite a good analogy for the Mission held at St. Anselm’s Jesuit parish in Southall from 3-10th October.Take a team from the Mount Street Jesuit Centre made up of spirituality volunteers, staff and Jesuits: mix it with parishioners and Fr David Stewart SJ leading on the Apostleship of Prayer and what occurred was an...
This introductory retreat is for those associated with the Apostleship of Prayer but is also open to all.  It will include daily input, time for prayer, times of silence and of discussion, looking at prayer and exploring the riches of the devotion to the Heart of Christ.  There will be opportunity to socialise together each evening.  Led by Fr David Stewart SJ.Costs range from £104 to £130 depending on the type of room booked.Please complete the booking form ...

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