gratitude

A child's brown eye from LibreShot.com
Seeing implies more than having good eyesight. We may well be seeing physically, yet not seeing the meaning of it. Truly seeing implies more than having eyes that are simply open.For instance, in the Gospels, we see Jesus doing a number of healings. He heals lame people, deaf people, mute people, people with leprosy. What is important to see in these various miracles is that usually there’s more at issue than just physical healing.Jesus is healing people in a deeper way.  He is healing the...
Diluckshun at Hurtado Jesuit Centre door
Diluckshun, staff member at JRS-UK, writes of his own journey and what JRS means to him.I am Sri Lankan. I claimed asylum when I arrived in the UK on the 18th of September 1999.My first interview for my asylum claim took place in Liverpool on 19th January 2001. After attending the interview I received a refusal letter from the Home Office. I appealed. There was no reply and my solicitor advised me to leave the matter to one side and continue my studies. My solicitor wrote several letters to the...
Eucharistia on Flickr, courtesy of Fr Lawrence Lew OP
At the Last Supper, Jesus makes himself a sign: he declares that the bread and wine, identified with his body and blood, are a sign of the world-changing events of Good Friday and Easter, and so a sign of the future, of God's future and God's promise.By identifying himself with the broken bread and the spilled wine, the broken flesh and the shed blood, Jesus says that this death which is approaching is a door into hope. And it is at that moment, when he is looking forward most clearly...
Gratitude is the ultimate virtue, under-girding everything, even love. It goes with holiness, defines maturity. We are mature to the degree that we are grateful. But what brings us there? What makes for a deeper maturity? Ronald Rolheiser OMI suggests ten major demands in human and Christian maturity.Be willing to carry more and more of life's complexities with empathy.  Few things in life, including our own hearts and motives are simply good or simply bad. Maturity invites us to...