Love

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In today’s gospel the people of his home town turn against Jesus, and try to do away with him by pushing him over the brow of the steep hill that there town is built on. No-one has ever tried to push me over the brow of a cliff! Don't get me wrong - most of the time I'm very grateful for that; but I do sometimes wonder why not. I’ve been, for the best part of forty years, a Jesuit, a very public follower of Jesus. But no-one, in all that time, has ever attacked me for this in the way they...
Beautiful flowers dying by Daria Shevtsova
The philosopher and spiritual writer, Raissa Maritain, died some months after suffering a stroke. During those months she lay in a hospital bed, unable to speak. After her death, her husband, the renowned philosopher, Jacques Maritain, in preparing her journals for publication, wrote these words:     “At a moment when everything collapsed for both of us, and which as followed by four agonizing months, Raissa was walled in herself by a sudden attack of aphasia. Whatever...
 Our Father
We live in a world in which violence forms much of the news each day.  Yet we hear Jesus saying ‘you must love the Lord your God with all your hearts and your neighbour as yourself.’  Matt 23, 37-39.  This kind of love includes everyone, even our enemies.  Matt 5.44   Love of God and love of neighbour cannot be separated.From the Christian viewpoint, those who love others, but do not believe in God, are none the less honouring him. But those who claim to love God...
Love Thy Neighbour
          “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your strength and with all your might... and you must love your neighbour as yourself.”When I worked in the Amazon in South America, I met a young lad called Jonathan and heard his story.When he was ten, his mother died. Three months later, his father abandoned him and his two sisters, emigrated to a rich country and was never heard of again. The three children were taken...
Honest to God in prayer, young woman prays outside
'O Lord, you have searched me and known me' says Psalm 139. Let­ting God come to know us is essential, as it is in any relation­ship. Letting yourself be known by God means more or less what it means in any friendship: speaking about your life, sharing your feelings, and revealing yourself openly.When we're not honest in a re­lationship, usually the relationship begins to grow cold, distant, or formal. If we're avoiding something unpleasant, the relationship de­volves into one defined by...
Reconciliation from Flickr by Grant MacDonald
If someone has done you an injury, what should you do?   We learn from the gospel how to go about mending a damaged relationship. If you feel you have been wronged by someone, Jesus says the first step is to speak directly, but privately, to the individual who has done the harm. Mt. 18:15~20One of the worst things we can do is brood over our grievance. This can poison the mind and heart and make it more difficult to go directly to the person who caused the damage. If we want to settle...
A helping hand at during the London Marathon
Just recently, I met a priest who had run a marathon. I’ll call him Tony. For anyone who doesn’t know, the Marathon is a running race of 26 and one-third miles. And it is very different to most races – for three reasons.First, because it’s a lot longer than most races.And second, because most of the contestants don’t actually want to win it: the very great majority are happy just to get through it in one piece.And third - and this is the bit I didn't understand...
 Kissing the face of God Oil on canvas, by Morgan Weistling
“Be on your guard, stay awake, because you never know when the time will come.”Do you believe in love at first sight?When I was at college I had a friend called Mark. And, one evening, we went out to dinner with a group of other students. At the dinner he met a young lady called Laura and they seemed to get on very well together. And, as we walked home, he told me that he had fallen in love with her. This was the woman for him, there would be no other. They would get married, live...
Paul VI
The close of the recent Synod of Bishops gathered to discuss family life issues, was the occasion of beatifying Paul VI.  It is unfortunate that Paul is remembered negatively by many because of his encyclical Humanae Vitae 1968 (‘On Human Life’).  It may be that Humanae Vitae, while missing a strategic opportunity, was in many ways prophetic. The opportunity missed was the occasion to articulate clearly the difference between contraception and the taking of human life....
Helping the Homeless
We have all experienced unexpected acts of kindness from time to time. Surely the whole of life will be more enjoyable if we learn to value and appreciate the natural goodness that is in others, rather than think of the world only as evil, and that as Christians, we have a monopoly of goodness. Goodness is the fruit of the love shown by God when he created humankind.God later came to us in the person of Jesus as a continuation of that initial love. This now enables those who receive him to bear...

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