journey

A wall of Sandals in a shop - Photo by Adam Jang on Unsplash
If we are going to dedicate ourselves to being disciples of Jesus Christ what do we need, what must we take with us?  What can we dispense with?  He instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a staff - no bread, no haversack, no coppers for their purses.  They were to wear sandals, but, he added, do not take a spare tunic. Simplicity is clearly the order of the day.  Let us get rid of what is unnecessary. Let us cut down; let us retrench; let us detach ourselves...
Novices 2015
After a few rather static weeks in the house, I’ve noticed a shift in pace once again as we build to Christmas and the very different shape of novice life in the new year which will be focused on our experiments, including the spiritual exercises in January, our first ‘short experiment’ in February/March and then a likely pilgrimage in the early summer.We’ve only been told this week where our short experiments will be. I’m going to be working in a hospice in the east end of London and living...
What's the load?
"How hard it is for those who have riches to enter into the Kingdom of God!"Once upon a time, when I was young, fit and good looking – well OK, about twenty years ago - I cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats - from the South to the North of Great Britain – more than a thousand miles. And one day, I met an American tourist who was doing the same. But he was having a lot of problems with his bike and he was making very slow progress. And he asked me for my help. After about nine hundred...
Damian Howard is the Superior of the Wapping Jesuit community and teaches Interreligious relations at Heythrop College.Exploring vocation as a young person can feel like a leap into the unknown. I am realising that I don’t know myself that well; I have questions about my gifts and weaknesses, my identity and what’s really important for me. Sometimes the questions can seem so big it can be tempting to leave God to do the work of self-discovery for me, giving me a ready-made, magic...