Posted: Thu, 18 Mar 2021 14:15
Reflecting on the gospel for 5th Sunday of Lent (John 12: 20-33) Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB looks at the difficult concept of the 'glory' of the cross. (Photo: Catalina Fedorova on Unsplash)
I have always found it fascinating that the great Temple of Jerusalem had the 'Courtyard of the Gentiles', where non-Jews were always made welcome and would never be excluded. On one of my visits to pray at the... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 17 Mar 2021 13:56
Faith Matters is a magazine produced by sixth formers at St John Bosco College Battersea for an adult audience. By kind permission of the editorial team, we feature Benjamin's Nunoo's article setting Passover in its faith context, and including an interview with Ruth Jampel, Director of Judaism for Schools, on what the festival means to her, and how she and her family celebrate Pesach together. (Image:... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 17 Mar 2021 10:38
In his article this week, Catholic teacher and Deacon, Michael Bennett asks us to look closely at our schools and our world to find the silent sermons of God all around us.
As a teenager I used to enjoy Sunday evening Mass. It was a great time for young people. It meant that I could lie in on a Sunday morning, go to Ju-jitsu and laze around the day with friends. There was, however, one drawback. The... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 15 Mar 2021 11:08
Br Martin Pushparaj SDB offers a thought for Lent in the latest of a series of videos produced by St John Bosco College, Battersea, and featuring our Salesian Brothers.
Br Martin reflects on the different relationships we have in our lives, from close family ties to the 'Hi ... Bye' encounters we have with those we hardly know.
He says that Lent is a good time to ask which group Jesus comes into in our... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 11 Mar 2021 14:05
Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB looks at the glimpses of joy we are given on 4th Sunday of Lent: Laetare Sunday and Mothering Sunday. Image: Jesus and Nicodemus by Henry Ossawa Tanner, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Today we meet the interesting character, Nicodemus; he is only mentioned in John's gospel, firstly as the one who visits Jesus 'by night'. He seems to have been a member of the Jewish court,... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 11 Mar 2021 13:23
In this week's Catholic Teacher article, Mike ponders the importance of the phrase "summum opus Dei".
The great Franciscan philosopher and theologian John Duns Scotus called Christ the "summum opus Dei"; literally translated to the "highest work of God". Christ was, is and will always be the ultimate revelation of God—spirit and matter combined in perfect unity and relationship. Christ is in all... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 09 Mar 2021 16:30
We are extremely proud of our Salesian schools, their staff and students, all of whom have worked so hard to manage within the constraints placed on them to keep everyone safe, and this week's phased return for students in England has of course presented its own challenges. Preparations have been made and plans created to put the practical elements in place and to provide additional emotional and spiritual... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 09 Mar 2021 13:55
We held the first of our two online Lenten retreats on Saturday 6 March, with 24 participants coming together on Zoom to pray and reflect on the topic 'God's story; our story'.
The content of the retreat was created by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB and Sr Susan Richert PVBM, and included an agape meal and small discusssion groups exploring what our different pandemic stories have taught us, and what we... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 09 Mar 2021 10:37
On Sunday, during his historic visit to Iraq, Pope Francis stood amid the ruins of the Syriac Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception in Mosul and shared three thoughts: (Photo: ANS)
If God is the God of life – for so He is – then it is wrong for us to kill our brothers and sisters in His Name.
If God is the God of peace – for so He is – then it is wrong for us to wage war... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 08 Mar 2021 10:24
In the latest Lenten video created by the Salesian Brothers for St John Bosco College Battersea, Deacon Joe SDB begins by reflecting on joy, as he recalls a visit back to Vietnam, where he rediscovered the joys of family and home.
He goes on to show us that Lent is a time of rediscovery, when we can rediscover Jesus, and through him, rediscover our relationship with God.
Deacon Joe offers some tips on... Read More »