Gospel

Smiling Man
The Gospels often speak of joy. Yet few things are so misunderstood: which means we are often left chasing the wrong things in life. Too often we confuse joy with good cheer or with a certain rallying of the spirit that we try to crank up when we go to a party or let off steam.  We tend to think of joy as quite separate from the ordinary time in our lives, when duty, work, tiredness, worries, and pressures of all kinds keep us from enjoying life, we suppose, and from being as cheerful and...
Zacchaeus in his tree, by Maria Laughlin
Jesus had been able to bring the best out of people, like Peter who became the first Pope, like Zacchaus who became a generous philanthropist, like a narrow minded nationalist, Saul, who became Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles.We too can be like Jesus and influence people’s lives. We can encourage others or discourage them. Often we are not aware of our influence on others, but it is there nonetheless. Since we are able to affect people for better or worse, why don’t we try to...
St Peter being given the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven by Christ
"Whatever you bind on earth shall be considered bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth shall be considered loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 18:18)Does anyone remember Jonestown?According to the journalists, Jonestown was the biggest newspaper story there has ever been - bigger than the assassination of President Kennedy; bigger than the fall of the Berlin wall; bigger than the first man on the moon.For several days the whole world was focused in horror on one small village in the...
My first encounter with the Jesuits was in Rome. I studied at the Gregorian University for seven years and am deeply grateful to my Jesuit professors for the theological foundations that were laid in those years. The seeds were sown then but a fuller appreciation of what I had received only came later. My vocational path took me to the Friars Minor (Franciscans) where I was able to integrate the charisms of Francis and Ignatius through my involvement in Franciscan directed retreats in this...
Image with text: Where Love is, there God is
What's ‘new’ about the New Evangelisation? What’s new is the recognition that we have to present the Gospel today in three principle settings, as Pope Francis explains. “In first place, we can mention the area of ordinary pastoral ministry, which is animated by the fire of the Spirit, so as to inflame the hearts of the faithful who regularly take part in community worship and gather on the Lord's day to be nourished by his word and by the bread of eternal life. In this category we can also...

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