Posted: Tue, 14 Jun 2022 15:11
Religion is one of the safest places to hide from God.
Humanity, you are all One.
You are one beloved community,
and you are one global sickness.
You are all contagious—and always have been,
unconsciously infecting and yet able to also bless one another.
There are no higher and lower in this world.
There is no smart or stupid; no totally right or totally wrong.
The only meaningful division is... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 26 May 2022 10:42
When we gather to celebrate Ascension Day, we remember, in the most simple way, that Jesus returns home to be the family of the Trinity. After Resurrection Jesus re-connected with his friends and that friendship deepened and developed as the weeks passed. In the lockdown of the Upper Room, Jesus helped his disciples to move on from their grief and hurt to see the hope, encouragement, and light that... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 25 May 2022 14:19
When we gather to celebrate Ascension Day, we remember, in the most simple way, that Jesus returns home to be the family of the Trinity. After the Resurrection, Jesus re-connected with his friends and that friendship deepened and developed as the weeks passed. In the lockdown of the Upper Room, Jesus helped his disciples to move on from their grief and hurt to see the hope, encouragement and light... Read More »
Posted: Sat, 21 May 2022 16:57
As we continue the beautiful priestly prayer of Jesus, today we focus on something that is so needed in our world right now:
Peace, I leave you my own peace I give you. —a peace that the world cannot give you. (Jn 14:27)
From the horrors of the Ukraine to the rows between siblings, we are all too aware of the lack of peace in our lives. Biblical peace or 'shalom' is not just the absence of war,... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 19 May 2022 14:03
I suspect most of you are far too young to remember the school disco when we were all eager to dance with a particular partner, sitting anxiously on the side and only ending up in a general melee during the last five minutes. The country singer, Lee Ann Womack had a hit with 'I Hope You Dance'; it tells the tale of wonder and playing your part in the mystery that is life. It talks of hunger, love,... Read More »
Posted: Sat, 14 May 2022 18:26
By this love you have for one another,
everyone will know that you are my disciples. (Jn 13:35)
As we move towards the end of the Easter season, the Church offers us an opportunity to reflect on the priestly prayer of Jesus in John's Gospel that takes place in the context of the Last Supper. Jesus has shown what true love is all about by washing the feet of disciples. All twelve, including the denier,... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 11 May 2022 13:44
Moving forward—learning lessons from history.
The 1960's were a period of great change and transition in all walks of life throughout the world. Vatican II still challenges the Church, sadly, with some doing all within their power to negate the strength and power of this ecumenical council. There was global awakening of the power of equality: sexism was seen to be wrong, while institutional racism... Read More »
Posted: Sat, 07 May 2022 09:53
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 04 May 2022 15:39
As we enter this beautiful month of May, our thoughts naturally turn to Mary of Nazareth, Mother of God and Don Bosco's constant 'help'. I was delighted to receive a beautiful statue from a beloved family member called 'Maternal Bond' and it now stands on my work desk—a constant reminder to me of that love of Mary so simply expressed in the gospels and our rich Christian tradition. It was designed... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 02 May 2022 13:52
Mary in May-reflections to use with the rosary
The Birth of Mary
The reality of Incarnation is that Jesus was born into a real family;
scripture highlight Bethlehem as the city of David, the family
associated with Joseph. As we begin our traditional devotion of the
rosary, it is good to look at the maternal side of Jesus's family. One
of the hardest parts of the global pandemic and the necessary physical... Read More »