Spirituality

The latest issue (volume 54 no 4) of The Way has been published and is available now. Each issue has one article made freely available. This month's is from Pedro Walpole: Do Not Be Afraid: Laudato Si’ and Integral EcologyWriting from the perspective of Asia Pacific, Pedro Walpole sees in Laudato si’ a call to restore a sense of what is enough to human living, avoiding unsustainable over-consumption. One way to foster this is to deepen the bonds of solidarity between people living in...
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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...
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WE ALL struggle in different ways. Sometimes we struggle simply to maintain ourselves, to stay healthy and stable, to stay normal, not fall apart, and not have our lives unravel into chaos and depression.But, even as this is going on, another part of us is forever reaching upwards, struggling to grow, to achieve higher things, not waste our gifts, to live a life that is more altruistic.At other times we may have to struggle with a threatening darkness that surrounds us. The complexities of life...
A Saturday workshop in the Mount Street Jesuit Centre Spirituality programme“I remember it well”The words of this familiar old song say much about memory. An integral part of our identity, memories can be either trivial or important, conscious or unconscious, and are certainly selective and unreliable. Yet they are an essential component of our daily lives.About Margaret PhilpotMargaret Philpot has a diploma in counselling/psychotherapy, having completed three years training at the...
The October 2014 edition of The Way is entitled Developing Expertise in Spirituality.In it, Dr Edward Howells, a Lecturer in Spirituality at Heythrop College, asks how the historical material considered in university spirituality courses can be studied in a way that remains open to the contemporary experience of students and others, without distorting or losing touch with its original inspiration. Michael Smith, Dean of the college running a Master of Arts in Spiritual Direction (MASD) in...
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Well known for his insightful writing on spiritual matters, Ron Rolheiser generously shares his experience of being helped towards self-understanding by five people. Although he grew up in a loving, safe, and nurturing family and community, he says, one of the dominant memories of his childhood and teenage years is that of being restless and somehow discontented. “My life always seemed too small, too confined, a life away from what was important in the world. I was forever longing to be...
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Video of hJ7W5ldFqFM Five Tips for Catholic FreshersThe first weeks of Uni will probably be the most exciting times you’ll ever experience. They can also be some of the most stressful. This is true especially for those who’ve been observing their Catholic faith before coming to Uni. You might feel anxious that you will be pressured to move away from your faith. If you feel you want to continue to be a Catholic when you begin at University, or maybe to explore your...
Bernard Basset was born in London in 1909.  He was educated at Hodder and Stonyhurst and entered the noviciate in 1927.  He spent some years as a teacher and in parishes at Bournemouth and the Scilly Isles (where he became friends with Harold and Mary Wilson).  He was described as “one of the great priests in England and Wales in the 50s.  He certainly put the laity on the map.  Many of his actions were in advance of the Decree of the Apostolate of the Laity of the...
Fr Simon Bishop SJ will be leading a retreat-cum-holiday for young adults in July, with Sister MaryAnne Francalanza fcJ. Fr Bishop, who was Chaplain at the University of Oxford and is now Director of Spirituality for the Jesuits in Britain, says it will be a wonderful opportunity for young adults (18-30) who wish to take stock of their lives to enjoy a time of rest, while exploring ways of praying and of finding God more deeply in their lives. Sr MaryAnne was born in Malta and gained an MSc in...

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