week of guided prayer

Stephen Hoyland leads retreat in Oxford
A Week of Guided Prayer is taking place at the Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy, starting on Sunday. The event is open to Christians of all denominations, not simply Catholic students who study at the University, with an ecumenical team of prayer guides and ministers from other Churches involved.The Week of Guided Prayer is described as ‘a retreat for people who are far too busy to go on retreat'. Participants are invited to spend 30 minutes in personal prayer with the Scriptures each day...
The parish group in Falmouth
Perhaps it was because we set out on a journey starting from Flanders that I was prompted to wonder about how a group of 5 Jesuits would have been received in Cornwall to carry out a parish mission a hundred years ago. My father went to a Methodist boarding school there not long after the First World War, and I remember his stories which gave a flavour of the religious sentiments of that time.The parish priest at St Mary Immaculate in Falmouth was keen to reassure us that the local Catholics...
A South Uist Skyline
‘The Western Isles’ – the very name of the string of islands that runs north to south 70 miles off the coast of mainland Scotland evokes a sense of yearnings met and of journeys’ end. Seeing them from the east at the setting of the sun, you can easily understand how they have accrued a mythic status, evoked for instance in the Grey Havens of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, a last resting place, a place of peace.I am on South Uist, the most northern of the traditionally Catholic islands (26...
peace and love
The first year (2009) I did week of guided prayer I really didn’t understand why everyone found it such an amazing experience, I found it incredibly tough and at the end of the week felt like I didn’t fit in and hadn’t done the experience ‘right’. I decided that I wouldn’t do it again as it wasn’t worth the tears and heartache.As is often the case with God he allowed me this time of metaphorically stamping my feet but when the following year  came...
I was a first year undergraduate at Manchester University studying Chemistry.  It was the wrong course and I was deeply unhappy.  A friend suggested I spend a couple of days at Loyola Hall Jesuit Spirituality Centre praying about what to do.   A wise spiritual director avoided counselling me and instead sent me off to pray with Isaiah 43:1-5: “If you walk through fire you will not be burned . . . you are precious in my eyes, you are honoured and I love you”....

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