Spirituality

  • "At one level we want help from God. We want to saved from our trials.   At another level, we want the sense that we have accomplished something and that we are growing."

  • "Having the right attitude is the secret to a successful day. To get things done we need to stop worrying about doing them or whining about the load of work that needs to be done."

  • "The arrival of Colombière as confessor to the community was a Godsend for Alacoque. It turns out that she had a vision of the Lord saying, “I will send you my faithful servant and perfect friend.” "

  • In the text of the Spiritual Exercises, in section 22, to be exact, Ignatius asks that we should be more ready to give a favourable interpretation to another's statement than we are to condemn it as false. These words apply not only to our conversations but also to our listening to the reading of Sc

  • "The idea is that humility lies in forgetting ourselves, our strengths, our weaknesses etc., and focusing outward on others and on God. The trap in always focusing on our weaknesses is that we are still focusing egoistically on ourselves. "

  • "The words of Jesus in the Gospel today encourage mercy and forgiveness. David showed those qualities to a man – Saul – who wanted him dead"

  • "he extent of John Veltri's spiritual outreach around the world was very real, is difficult to document, and needs further exploration by researchers."

  • "By the grace of God and thanks to the listening ears of a good friend, I turned a corner and my faith was strengthened."

  • "A quote on the back cover states: “A book that will give light and strength, even to those who find themselves unable to follow its difficult path.” (Adam Kirsch, The New Yorker) "

  • "Trust is a tenuous feeling. Jeremiah refers to the fear that comes with heat and the anxiety during a time of drought. If the tree hadn’t been planted by water, it would wither. Instead, it continues to bear fruit."

  • In the eyes of the world, I probably look like I’ve received more than enough: I work as an executive for a technology firm in Toronto, live a comfortable life, own properties, I’m surrounded by a supportive group of friends, and volunteer part-time for my local parish. To some, this might seem like

  • Prayer takes on many forms. Today we see prayer as poetry.

  • "I believe that one day all Christians will proudly exclaim without hesitation that we have a Father in Heaven, a Brother in Christ, a Holy Spirit to guide us and a Mother in Mary who can teach us how to grow closer to the Trinity."

  • "Isaiah, Peter and Pope Francis know their weaknesses. They know their unworthiness. None of us is worthy to be a minister of the Lord, to do God’s work in the world. Yet, we all still have that commission as a result of our Baptism."

  • "Jesus’s baptism began a new creation story for the world and for each of us. At that moment Jesus begins to bring order out of the chaos of our sins."

  • "The giving tradition was rolling along until I hit a major road block, ill health. Then there was a role reversal. Instead of being the giver, I became the receiver. That was foreign to me."

  • "Despite the various distinctions, we know that there are interconnections between the various types of love. I like the beautiful scene in Les Misérables when Jean Valjean says, “To love another person is to see the face of God”"

  • "“Through the intercession of Saint Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from every disease of the throat and from every other illness. In the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”"

  • "Personally, I do not favour changing the wording of a biblical text to fit with a meaning found elsewhere.  It is important for readers of the Bible to struggle with the difficulties found in the original text of the New Testament even when they pray the prayer Jesus taught his disciples."

  • " . . . in order for our actions to be fruitful, in order for them to have lasting impact on the world, they too must come from a deep place."

  • "The Church as well-working body? That’s a nice hope. It’s a dream that we can look toward. Meanwhile, we have to hope that as many members of the team as possible are playing their part."

  • "Some key facts about Kyram: Age 12, can’t walk, sit or stand up on his own.  Hearing impaired and mute. Has sleep apnea (tendency to stop breathing when asleep).  Requires 24 hour quality professional care. Born 4 month premature with cerebral palsy and has limited or sporadic control of his mus

  • "Many young adults, having found joy in Christ at WYD, return to their home life with a newfound freedom to be alive in their faith."

  • "Injustice and justice both have faces. Those faces surround us every time that we connect to the world around us "

  • ". . . the attraction of Christ makes possible an openness that would be impossible without him. We know, of course, that a disarming child comes into our lives with Christmas."

  • "Soon we will be celebrating the true gift of Christmas – joy - as we welcome the birth of the infant child. " But what does "joy" mean?

  • "When Canada legalized euthanasia for exceptional circumstances, Parliament established safeguards. We now see an increasing call for the extension of cases eligible for euthanasia and the de facto removal of safeguards."

  • "The Holy Father asked the faithful of the entire world to pray that the Holy Mother of God place the Church beneath her protective mantle. We are to implore her to preserve the Church from attacks by the devil, “the great accuser.” "

  • "Our Bridging Borders campaign seeks to raise awareness (open eyes and hearts) and invite a response of action rooted in love that seeks to bring about structural change for the common good."

  • Magnificat was written - and is posted here - in both English and French at the end of an eight day Ignation retreat.

  • "we realized that when we focused on Jesus instead of on concerns about the Church, and when we spoke and listened to each other in welcoming and non-judgmental ways, then we experienced communion, energy and hope."

  • "The Jesuit missionary map tends to run east and west and not toward what was once known as the Apostolic Prefecture of the North Pole, . . . Post-Viking Lutheran Iceland was not exactly friendly inter-faith territory."

  • "When I read the three temptations of Christ in the desert I was struck by the uncanny resemblance of those temptations to Ignatius’ wisdom in the Exercises. "

  • "Perhaps the invitation from Jesus to stay alert and awake can benefit from logging behaviour."

  • "Sometimes we can glorify the people called saints as if they were somehow perfect. None of them was perfect. But their effort to listen to God’s will for them and to do it was ‘heroic’."

  • "On 16 November 1989, six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter were assassinated on the campus of the University of Central America (UCA) in San Salvador, as ordered by the country’s High Command. "

  • "Where is your heart? We are in that time of year when every charity imaginable is asking for money. We cannot give to all. Where is your heart? What will be your mite?"

  • Archbishop Currie of St. John's has permitted us to share his recent letter to the people of his Archdiocese.

  • "Visio Divina of Caravaggio’s Beheading of John the Baptist"

  • "We occasionally hear accounts of people who have experienced great misfortune. But when they hear of someone else’s woes, they grow in gratitude for what and who they have. "

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