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The apparition of Lazarus won’t convert the family of the rich man, while another Lazarus, the one raised from the dead by Jesus, provoked faith. How do both these new lives inspire amendments? Peter Gallagher SJ reflects.They will not be convinced even if someone should rise from the dead (Luke 16.30). The rich man suffering in Hades is concerned about his family. He hopes they might repent of their sins and amend their lives so as to avoid sharing his fate in eternity. If Lazarus were to...
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“We are invited to go deeper into the mystery, to try to understand more and to get closer to God,” says Peter Gallagher SJ. Read his reflection on the upwards journey of faith.My friend, move up higher (Luke 14.10) is addressed to us. Delightfully, the host invites us to sit nearer him at his celebration. The Lord wants us to hear what he has to say, to know him better and to rejoice with him at the feast. We are honoured guests. Embarrassment (Luke 14.9) and some rearranging of the seating...
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The unknown elements of our pilgrimage are as important as the known ones, writes Peter Gallagher SJ. He helps us reflect on the equal parts played by faith and uncertainty in our journey towards the city of God.Abraham set out without knowing where he was going (Hebrews 11.8). The pilgrimage towards God is sure of its ultimate destination but has many uncertainties before that goal is reached. We are returning to God: this we know. How precisely he will draw us to himself, we do not know...
On the evening of the 21st February, over 300 people gathered to hear Dr Gabriele Finaldi, director of the National Gallery and a committed Catholic, speaking on ‘Art and Faith’ at Farm Street Church in Mayfair.Artists from all spheres, including high-profile painters such as James Gillick, gathered for the talk which marked the launch of Catholic Creators, a new initiative dedicated to supporting and connecting Catholic artists from across the UK. Led by artists for artists, the group will...
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We are surprised by Jesus’ strong insistence to Jairus that he not tell anyone about his daughter’s recovery. The miracle is surely a persuasive sign of Jesus’ power and goodness. Shouldn’t everyone who hears of it have their faith strengthened? Some people were scornful of Jesus at the time: their laughter must have been silenced by the miracle: isn’t it good to confound those who scoff at faith? The calling back to life of the little girl is a sign of Jesus’ divine authority: isn’t it...
Schnorr von Carolsfeld Bibel in Bildern
For most of us it is not easy to believe in the resurrection of Jesus: most of us are not in the premier league of beloved disciples: most of the time utter joy and bliss and absolute faith in the God who loves us eternally and unconditionally aren’t obvious to us.  As Christians we see acts of faith around us, we receive compassion and support, we pray together for the people we love; but we also witness lack of faith, resentment or even hatred towards Christians, simply because of what...
Cardinal Ravasi with the President of the IOC, Thomas Bach
As the Paralympics get underway in Rio, the Pontifical Council for Culture in the Vatican is preparing for a major conference on sport and faith. World-famous athletes, religious leaders and civil authorities are due to gather for the event entitled  Sport and Faith at the Service of Humanity, which is aimed at exploring how the Faith and Sports communities can better serve humanity.The conference between 5 and 7 October 2016 is the fruit of a preparatory commission that first met exactly...
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“People from east and west, from north and south, will come to take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God.” [Luke 13.29]When I was at College, I had a friend Peter who is a Catholic and he shared a house with a Muslim called Abdul. They were both very religious people, each in his own way but, despite their differences, they got on very well. And it wasn’t until they had been staying together about six weeks that they had a really big argument about religion. Neither...
Giving my faith a workout in the footsteps of St IgnatiusThe Camino Ignaciano is a trail first trodden  by St Ignatius in 1522, wending through the hills of northern Spain between Loyola (near the Atlantic coast) and Manresa (on the Mediterranean side).  It normally takes four weeks.  Mount Street Jesuit Centre’s young adult ministry runs week-long  pilgrimages each June over four years so young working people can do it in short stages.Bokani Tshidzu joined the...
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One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do is play guitar in church, in South America, in the dark.I always used to enjoy playing with the Cathedral choir. But what would often happen is that just as we were playing nicely along a little hymn then suddenly, with no warning, all the lights would go out and we would be plunged into the most absolute darkness. The Blackout came without warning, or prediction, apparently at the time of its own malevolent choosing. Perhaps it was just my...

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