Peter Knott SJ

God has a bigger plan for me than I have for myself
God's will is not some abstract idea to be figured out or puzzled over.  The simple truth is that God’s will is what God actually wills to send us each day, in the way of  circumstances, places, people and problems God sets before us at that time.  We have to learn to recognise his will in the reality of the situation.We have no need to wonder what God’s will must be for us;  his will is revealed in every situation of everyday life.  We must try to see all things as God...
Let Go and Let God
If you have problems with prayer, read on.  The God we imagine and then try to meet in prayer is generally thought of as pretty lifeless, dull, flat, colourless, genderless, sexless and lacking in humour, creativity and understanding.  We feel that our friends and our distractions are more interesting and life giving than God.  We would rather spend time with our friends and our amusements and interests than with God, rather take our chances with them than with God. That is...
Spirituality word cloud
We often talk about spirituality. How do you speak about something being spiritual?  The word is usually taken as something ethereal, out of this world:  in fact it has very earthly effects, it touches on everyday life.There are many definitions of spiritual, but the one that appeals to me rests on St Paul’s list of the effects of the Spirit: charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control. You find it in his letter to the Galatians (Galatians...
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...
True and False Reform, Congar, 2010It is clear that the Pope is a reformer. But he cannot be easily categorized as either a progressive or a conservative. Christopher Bellito, a theologian, argues that the best way of understanding him might be to look at the work of the great French theologian Yves Congar, who developed principles that steer between the extremes of tradition and progress as well as between conservation and innovation.  His warning against two extremes or temptations that...
Christian Unity - CHRISTian
It’s easy to see God’s grace and blessing in what unites us. We sense the presence of grace when, at our core, we feel a strong moral bond with certain other persons, churches, and faiths. But what if what makes other persons, churches, and faiths seem foreign and strange is also a grace, a difference intended by God?  Can we think of our differences, as we think of our unity, as a gift from God? Most religions, including Christianity, would answer yes.In both the Jewish and the Christian...
‘My thoughts are not your thoughts, my ways are not your ways’ says the Lord. Isaiah 55.8  That seems an appropriate way to begin any reflection on how faith works. Some days you walk on water, other days you sink like a stone. You live with a deep secret, that sometimes you know, and then not, and then know again. Sometimes you feel the real presence, other times you feel just absence.Like love, faith is a journey, with constant ups and downs, with alternating periods of...

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