"“We have seen the Christ …and like the wise ones of old we can no longer go home by the familiar route. A new way is ours today.”"
"Francis urged political leaders to accept that true peace and international security cannot be built in a climate of distrust."
"The separation of children from their parents is an indescribable cruelty. It goes to the heart of what is the most sacred bond that can exist, that between parents and their children."
"Well, I have wonderful memories of many partridges; actually, the proper name is ruffed grouse, and my late husband, Jack Earle, was a very good grouse hunter. In fact, we bought 110 acres in the middle of nowhere in 1996 because this was one of his favourite grouse hunting spots."
"It remains always essential to continue speaking to the close and holy. In these days leading to Christmas, let’s take time to deepen that conversation, .. ."
"What is it to be righteous? Merriam-Webster suggests that righteousness is connected with acting in accord with divine or moral law, as morally right or justifiable"
"So many threats to our security can cause us anxiety. I could be anxious about having to perform or prove myself in some way."
" I was thinking of them as I used Magi stamps on some of my Christmas cards, remembering the creche under the tree in my boyhood home was never complete without all the animals, sheep, oxen, donkey, AND camels! "
"Thomas Merton, noted that although Jesus was born in a stable far removed from the hub of power and influence, he is still more easily recognised by the culturally marginalised and the poor. Merton said: “His peace is with those others for whom there is no room.”"
"How are we challenged on the Second Sunday of Advent? A good starting point is to ask ourselves if we are in need of the kind of repentance that John speaks of."
"Pope Francis issued a letter for this day. He points out that The centuries pass, but the condition of rich and poor remains constant, as if history has taught us nothing."
"What would it take you to stick to your principles and refuse to renounce your faith and its traditions?"
"Jesus can’t exactly walk up to your front door and ring the bell. It would take a LONG time for Jesus to walk up to every house in the world! You’d be all old and wrinkly by the time he finally got to yours... and he wouldn’t be able to stay very long."
"What is needed is a listener who empathizes and helps the sufferer to know that they are not alone. Miracles have been performed at the kitchen table when two friends sit over mugs of coffee and commiserate."
"Pope Francis sees that our missionary spirit means that we press forward to the farthest frontiers. He speaks of how each of us is a mission. This means that we never stand still."
"My experience is that it is often the foreigner, outsider or person on the margins and fringes who is spontaneous in offering gratitude. It may not always be words or prostration. It could be in simple, but heartfelt, action such as offering food or other gifts."