welcome

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When we open the door to the other, we find fulfilment of our longing to know more of God. Peter Gallagher SJ helps us reflect on the different welcomes of Martha and Mary.We welcome strangers to where we live as hospitably as we can. We treat the visitor as a representative of God. Old stories of humble-looking travellers who turn out to be kings and queens encourage us in such warm welcoming. The truth about the identity of the one who knocks at the gate comes to light eventually. Despite...
Old books
“It seems that no one has come back to give praise to God, except this foreigner.”When the Falklands war started, I was about 18 and we happened to be living next door to the Argentinean naval attaché. My mother heard the news on the radio and (being that kind of woman) immediately went next door to ask him what it was all about – and what in particular the Argentinians wanted with what she thought were some semi-detached bits of Scotland. He was horrified at the news, “...
Where there's tea there's hope
'If anyone gives you a cup of water to drink just because you belong to Christ, then I tell you solemnly, they will most certainly not lose their reward.'As you may know, I come from Northern Ireland, which is – or at least used to be - a very divided community between two sorts of people who, for very long and complicated historical, political, social, economic and even religious reasons, find it very hard to share one country. One race is called the nationalists - to which I happen to belong...
A Conference on Healing and ReconciliationThis conference addresses the theology of the New Evangelisation fostered by Pope Francis. It invites parish communities and individual Catholics in a variety of pastoral situations to think afresh about their ministries of healing and reconciliation to those who are marginalised or who have disassociated from the Church. This healing ministry touches many different groups including those who feel distanced from the Church or hurt by the Church; those...