Spirituality

  • "A discerned approach to life – even a simple reading of the Gospel – can be so challenging. Many of us would prefer that someone just tell us how to live."

  • Magis "is about a resolute determination never to settle for less, and to see obstacles not as barriers but new opportunities."

  • "We do not just commemorate the event of the Last Supper; we receive the bounty of that sacrifice whenever we seek it.  Isn’t that amazing?  Perhaps even “prodigal”?"

  • "The leaders had hoped the example of these deaths would frighten other Christians. Instead, it emboldened them. They grew stronger in the profession of their faith."

  • "Even in my suffering I was comforted because your promise gave me life." (Psalm 119:50)"

  • "Perhaps our reading of the Catholic press should be accompanied by reading the Acts of the Apostles"

  • "Scripture states that Our Lord promised to provide us with a special family if we followed and believed in Him. Jerry Howarth has become my ‘brother in Christ’"

  • "We struggle, and we suffer, and many of us find ourselves in situations which we simply cannot “solve."”

  • "Another underlying interpretation from these reported apparitions seems to be: Pray to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for she is the new Mediatrix. "

  • The priest answers questions about salvation thru faith alone.

  • " What I realized over the following days was how much my instinctive love of Holy Mother Church is almost visceral. I have a reflex instinct to defend her"

  • Recently, Cardinal Czerny - along with other Jesuits - was asked to write about courage. His article is today's post.

  • "I started to think about the Prodigal Son Parable.  Of all of Jesus’ parables, this one has always spoken to me the most.  Not because of the prodigal son, but rather the older son.  The one who is resentful.  The one who has obeyed his father throughout his life.  Obeyed, not out of love; obeyed o

  • Some thoughts from the General Synod of the Anglican Church on marriage equality.

  • "“Through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of the Way, I invoke God’s abundant blessings upon all the world’s migrants and refugees and upon all those who accompany them on their journey.” "

  • "The first ten days went well until my spiritual director Father John Govan asked me to pray over the Nativity story in Luke"

  • "After centuries of harm done through domination, a deep transformation in the relationship had occurred through friendship and mutuality."

  • I left myself open to God’s presence, not placing any high expectations on the outcome of walking the labyrinth. What helped once again, was reminding myself to, “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)."

  • "Together, in solidarity, we can bring hope as we stand with vulnerable people who CJI supports in some of the most conflicted and hard to reach places in our world."

  • "It is with a heart full of gratitude that I share these words that remind me of the gift of faith I received over fifty years ago."

  • "We never know when we might have to face a small battle, nor how the enemy will use those we love to hurt our feelings. Let us always be prepared!

  • "Jo-Anne Henderson is living with cancer in its last stages. She shares her reflections."

  • "God will miss us if we go, and will chase after us like a lost sheep. It must be close to impossible to resist returning that love if one feels it.  I can’t.  I won’t even try.  It’s too good to be true.."

  • Mary's . . . ‘yes’ changed the whole world and began to fulfil the Will of God to restore all creation to its original purpose– to praise, reverence, and serve the Creator

  • "Martyrdom is the grace with which God seals and accepts a whole life of often ordinary, hidden commitment, service, and transforms it into the root meaning of the word “martyr”: - witness."

  • " During these years many wonderful trees have befriended me in a way that is totally surprising to me. It was a tree that took the initiative in one of the early years."

  • "On one occasion I could hear the leaves and the wind whispering to each other and see the branches gently swaying to the wind’s rhythms.  I seemed to hear the message; “Tell them to listen and let the Spirit move them”. "

  • "I believe there is a Scriptural foundation for the doctrine of Purgatory, and that it is found in the parable of the Prodigal, what Kenneth Bailey calls “The Parable of the Father and the Two Lost Sons.”"

  • This refection from a Newfoundland minister deal with the opening section of the Anglican lliturgy - the gathering.

  • For Women's History Month, let’s look at two examples of strong women who were close to the Jesuits and who were active in the success of their mission.

  • "We do not get to relive yesterday, but we are given the opportunity to do a better job with today. That is our choice."

  • Today ". . . is a day of fasting and prayer, introspection and self-judgment when, collectively and repeatedly, we confess our sins and pray to be written into God's Book of Life.”:

  • "Saint Paul reminds us today to rekindle the gift of God that is within you"

  • A poem-prayer written during a recent eight day retreat.

  • " . . . our response to the challenges posed by contemporary migration can be summed up in four verbs: welcome, protect, promote and integrate."

  • A letter from the Canadian Cardinal-elect, Michael Czerny, SJ

  • "The endless opportunities of summer are gone and winter is on the horizon. Many people turn inward and become more reflective. That melancholic nature is evident in much poetry".

  • "Prayer is one of the greatest antidotes against recurring problems.    " Throughout his life, Jesus continually told the people: ”Do not be afraid.   Do not be anxious. Do not be worried.   I bring you tidings of great joy”. "

  • "These are intimate affairs where the Pope speaks without the intervention of diplomatic and theological experts. So what comes through is a sense of his genuine, unvarnished thinking and pastoral attitude."

  • "Bishop LaRocque said that I had some opposition but he believed I was inspired by Our Lady and the Holy Spirit. He encouraged me to remain steadfast and continue with our plans. His confidence helped our committee to forge ahead."

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