Peter Gallagher SJ

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Moses said Put this question to the ages that are past.  There is a way in which on Trinity Sunday we are all like Moses. We are urging each other to draw on the experience of all those who have ever believed in God. We want to understand God better.  The knowledge and love of God: these are what we are after:  Loving God is the most important thing in our life. Along with love goes some understanding, some knowledge.  Do we think of ourselves as reaching out to God? By the...
A single flame in the darkness
The red vestments of Pentecost first remind us of the flames in which the Holy Spirit descended.  In the  Acts (2.3) we hear: Tongues as of fire appeared among them and a flame rested on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Holy Spirit gave them the ability. The red cloth the sanctuary on the Feast of Pentecost is a sign of the glowing fire of the Holy Spirit rendering all of us stronger in our faith and able to...
Looking out of the window
Why are you men of Galilee standing here looking into the sky? (Acts 1.10)The two in white put their question to the disciples. Why are you standing here looking into the sky?  If we were those disciples we would surely have quite a reasonable answer to the question.  We focus our attention in the direction in which Jesus has ascended in order to pray.  Upwards towards heaven is the direction of our prayer.  We treasure the memory of Jesus and we lift up our hearts and minds...
Fluorescent cross in Liverpool
The truth I have now come to realise is that God does not have favourites.The life’s work of each of us is to prepare ourselves for eternal life with God.  We are to be happy forever in God’s company. The grace of God prepares us for that heavenly happiness in many different ways.  It helps that we are disciples of Christ.  We are helped also by the Sacraments, the Scripture and the teaching of the Church.  Another help is that we live in a community of those who believe. We...
10 years of Polish Jesuits in Stamford Hill
Stamford Hill in north London is a melting pot of different cultures and religions. Since 2007 the Jesuit parish of St Ignatius has hosted a large and vibrant Polish community.  Ten years ago Polish Jesuits joining the community to help meet their pastoral needs, last weekend saw a special celebration of the ten years of ministry.  On Saturday, there was a celebration of visual arts, folk and religious, followed by two concerts. The first of these was a "showcase of talent" with...
The Eye of Love book cover
A Symposium and Book LaunchA one-day symposium to celebrate the Jesuit educational ‘genius’ and intellectual tradition and the launch of Philosophy, Theology and the Jesuit Tradition: ‘The Eye of Love’ (Bloomsbury, 2017).Contributors to The Eye of Love - Micahel Kirwan SJ, Peter Gallagher SJ and Anna Abram -  will make presentations and lead discussion on key themes:• the ‘Jesuit way’: a strange, beautiful story• the Jesuits and the new dialogues between faith and reason• the Jesuits and...

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