God

Welcome to 'Meditations on the Love of God', a short retreat based on the works of Spanish Franciscan, Diego de Estella which were translated by Robert Southwell SJ. Entitled 'A Hundred Meditations on the Love of God', the poetic reflections pivot around a sense of wonder at the love of God and of Christ, for both us and creation.Translating these meditations would have been a long task for Southwell, indicating that they must have captured him in some way. We have selected extracts from seven...
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“I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children.”I have a friend – a good and holy Jesuit who is also a world-renowned Biblical expert. I’ll call him Fr John Smith. And his particular expertise is in Biblical languages – he is supposed to know many of the languages which existed in Palestine in Old Testament times, which is not bad at his current age of 92!But, to tell you the truth, he is also an...
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Most people think that the concept of God should be easy and that religion ought to be readily accessible to anybody. But in fact, it is hard to think about God.  Many find this puzzling. Surely everybody knows what God is: the Supreme Being, a divine Personality, who created the world and everything in it.They look perplexed if you point out that it is inaccurate to call God the Supreme Being because God is not a’ being’ at all, and that we really don't fully know what we...
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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...
Words of the Lord's Prayer
When we reflect on the Lord's Prayer, we begin by recognizing that we are adopted children, and as such we have a passionate attachment to our home. We want to be where Christ is fully present: this is our home in the deepest sense. We are growing and moving into the prayer of Christ Jesus himself.  We note the seriousness of inviting God to forgive us as we have forgiven. But what does it mean to pray, 'Lead us not into temptation'? Surely God does not make us be tempted?In...
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Many people would say that while intellectually they believe that God loves each one of us, personally, eternally, they find it hard to feel this deeply. We may be helped by reflecting on St Ignatius’ conclusion to his Spiritual Exercises, a ‘Contemplation to Attain Divine Love’Firstly, I think about what God has done for me’, and ‘how much he has given me of what he possesses.’Second, says Ignatius, I think about the way God ‘dwells’ in all his...
There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others of our friendship with Him.” Pope Benedict XVI's homily at his Mass of Inauguration, St. Peter's Square, April 2005