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An image of an Ark
“If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you......”   Rudyard Kipling's famous poem provides a key to understanding the story of Noah and the Ark as much as any scriptural commentary.That story tells of a  time when the whole earth was flooded and one man, Noah, had the foresight to build a boat on which he had placed a male and female of every living species on earth so as to save them from extinction. Like other bible stories this...
A word cloud based on the Our Father
When we pray the Lord’s Prayer we ask for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Taken out of context, that might sound cold and impersonal. But Jesus gave this prayer as an example to his disciples who had asked how they could pray like Our Lord. They had found something attractive in him, in his way of life, and wanted to live like him. And when we hear St Paul describing the effects of the Holy Spirit, of the Father and of the Son as love (charity), joy, peace, patience,...
Jesuits in Britain 2014 Calendar front page
Some thoughts from the ‘Jesuit Calendar 2014’ may be helpful in finding God in all things. We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.  We are spiritual beings who have a human experience.  Teilhard de Chardin SJ An optimist, in my view,  is someone who has the conviction that God knows, can do and will do what is best for humankind. Pedro Arrupe SJ When you get rid of your fear of failure and your tensions about succeeding you can be yourself. You are no longer driving with your...
Image of a tree
The story of Christ and the meaning of Christmas can only be properly understood by looking at Jesus’ family tree, and by looking at how his story continues today. Why is his family tree, this long list of names in Matthew and Luke so important? Among other things, the genealogies trace Jesus' origins in a way that tells us his real story will not be grasped by anyone who thinks that Christ Jesus’ human origins contained no sin or weakness. Christ’s ancestors weren’t all saintly. Rather,...

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