Sin

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Christ is the giver of Good News, pointing the way to live life to the full.  ‘I came’, said Jesus,’ that you might have the fullness of life.’ John 10.10   But the Good News, the Gospel,  includes some ‘hard sayings’ Matt 5. 17-48   Jesus' teaching shows up our human frailties. Right living starts with right attitudes.  We need to control our thoughts and emotions before they result in outward actions.Hearing this, some people are going to feel uncomfortable...
Field of Wheat
In his parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Jesus makes an analysis of the moral dilemma of the human race. He tells of a farmer who planted a crop of wheat. Later, under cover of darkness, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat. When the crop started to mature, weeds were growing alongside the wheat. The servants were puzzled as to how could this have happened.  Should they pull up the weeds? The farmer told them to wait until the harvest.  Then they could bundle up the...
St Peter being given the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven by Christ
"Whatever you bind on earth shall be considered bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth shall be considered loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 18:18)Does anyone remember Jonestown?According to the journalists, Jonestown was the biggest newspaper story there has ever been - bigger than the assassination of President Kennedy; bigger than the fall of the Berlin wall; bigger than the first man on the moon.For several days the whole world was focused in horror on one small village in the...
The Exercises, Sin and Salvation Today is the title of a four-day seminar at St Beuno’s Spirituality Centre in North Wales at the end of June. It will be led by Fr Philip Endean SJ (pictured), formerly editor of The Way and a lecturer at Heythrop College, University of London. He is currently teaching in Paris.Philip will lead an exploration of the place of Sin and Salvation in the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola by looking at these key elements in the Ignatian process...
Rebrandt, Return of the Prodigal Son
Angels rejoice over one repentant sinner.'  We can hear certain words or phrases so often they can lose their effect.  Earlier generations may have been happy with that kind of expression - like 'Lord Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me a miserable sinner.'  But today people even question the reality of sin;  they wonder if the psychologists and sociologists haven't put sin out of business.   It may be that a scientific age has to go through a phase of rejecting anything that cannot be...