Spirituality

  • "that notion of a war within is a good summary phrase of battles going on within us all the time – conflicting longings, all kinds of emotional movements."

  • "Right now it seems that scripturally speaking, if one lives their entire life without God, then it seems that that is what he or she will get in the hereafter.  "

  • "What I enjoy the most about these psalms is the lack of violence found in them. Instead, the experience of darkness is relegated to the consciousness of doubt, fear, ignorance and illusion, mostly within oneself."

  • "How then can we as Christians live in this kind of world?  . . . And if you don’t have power in the world, then you will literally be forgotten, ignored, or dead to the world."

  • "Moreover, how can I give up my own freedom so to speak, and allow another individual to decide the next year, or perhaps six years of my life?"

  • "There is a song of thanksgiving in my heart, as the Lord has once more answered a special prayer."

  • "The Bishops’ Synod on the Youth presents an opportunity for the Church to confess her guilt, ask forgiveness, and begin to make genuine reparation for her sins."

  • " I needed to be made aware of how my own sins though completely outside of my awareness kept me apart from a relationship with God".

  • "No Catholic who pays even the slightest attention to our culture can be naïve about the scandal of clerical abuse in our world."

  • "A majority of bishops in Germany have recently proposed intercommunion as a pastoral response to religiously mixed families."

  • "I am here on serious business today. I am here to warn you all of a great threat to us. A threat to our way of life. A treat to the ease and comfort in which we live. A threat to the personal security that we so often take for granted."

  • "When the Congregation for the Causes of Saints recommends to the Pope a decree of heroic virtue, this means that a Servant of God lived a life of profound union with God and fidelity to Church teaching."

  • "This man, who could not read, write, or play guitar, spent his final months of prison singing and providing music at my weekly service."

  • ". . . the Church’s teaching contained in the encyclical is really about love: the great love of God, to which He calls us to imitate and share in. That is why Humanae Vitae could also be the most influential document for our times."

  • "God’s hand had long been on my heart.  My love of God became deeper over the years and my desire to serve stronger. "

  • "...I watched him with his two young kids on his lap, smiling and laughing and having fun.  Anyone in the restaurant would have said, “What a happy family!” 

  • "For the feast if St Ignatius last year, the Bishop of Oakland, Michael Barber S.J., invited me to preach the traditional sermon. The Mass took place in the magnificent Cathedral of Christ the Light. This beautiful ultra modern yet classical edifice is really worth beholding, via internet and especi

  • July 31 is Ignatius Day. "In honour of St. Ignatius, I thought I'd offer a few of my favourite images from Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises, all of which help us to be more discerning in daily life."

  • " . . it is in these “God Encounters” that the integration works both ways.  The other transforms you as you transform him."

  • "Before I look at any particular vocation as a Jesuit, I tend to look at my general vocation. Hard work, team work, commitment, reward after hard work ... all are essential for most of us, . . . "

  • "when a Christian, be they lay or religious,  lives out the Christian life in all its sacrifices, with its all its unknowns, and in all its victories, it is here that vocations are born. "

  • "My experience is that when I am freed from my interior struggles that I am more able to be present to the other."

  • "Building the trust in the loving care God affords us is a lifetime task – at least it is for me."

  • "Would it be possible for me to hold lightly to polar opposites such as health and sickness, riches and poverty, honour and dishonour, or a long versus a short life?  Might I ever reach that freedom in order that I might better praise, reverence and serve God?"

  • "There are plenty of reminders in both the Old and New Testaments that we are called to a healthy form of self-pride, to stand up for who we are and the gifts we have."

  • "Our Lady has been a part of my faith life for about forty years, and she has kept me company through the ups and downs of an artistic lifestyle, as well as too many times of grief."

  • "What causes us to have faith? Or, on the other hand, why do some people have no faith? It cannot be reduced to simplistic answers."

  • "Have you ever imagined yourself as an infant in God’s arms, God lovingly embracing you, amazed at every gesture you make? The next time you hold a baby, or see someone else holding a baby, why not imagine this as you and God?"

  • "Having that intimate sense of being a loved child of God is a gift for us. It is the precursor to many more gifts from God."

  • "For me these two experiences were of a deep spiritual meaning and they speak me about our human condition: a constant dance between the struggle and the peace, the destruction and the creation, the cross and the resurrection."

  • How do you know when you pray that you are not simply talking to yourself? How do you know that it is God speaking with you?

  • "St. Ignatius tells us that on our part “we ought not to seek health, rather than sickness, wealth rather than poverty, honor rather than dishonor….” Within the context of our western culture he could have added “being fat rather than being trim”."

  • "How do we bring hope to despairing people? I’m sure that the experts can offer all kinds of advice for helping hopeless people. I’m not such an expert, but I suspect that among the first helps is friendship."""

  • " Give our Lord the benefit of believing that His hand is leading [me], and accept the anxiety of feeling [myself] in suspense and incomplete."

  • When "The End of an Era" was posted on June 6, three paragraphs were accidentally left out. We apologize and ask that you re-read the complete post today

  • ""There is a documentary being shown in theatres that is called: POPE FRANCIS; A MAN OF HIS WORD. It is truly a wake-up call for the world."

  • "I’ve often had a difficult time looking people in the eye when they are looking at me. When I’m talking and someone is really listening and looking directly at me, I feel exposed, and I get nervous. "

  • "The coming of suffering and death into each of our lives is a moment of opportunity – an invitation to be truly loving.  Jesus embraced his suffering and turned it into a genuine act of love for others. The coming of suffering and death into each of our lives is a moment of opportunity – an invitat

  • "Which major world-view – atheism or one of five great religions – should be adopted by the Kingdom? Will the King’s tournament of belief systems come up with a clear winner?"

  • What does it mean for us to be mystics, or at least contemplatives, as we engage in administrative responsibilities – some of us episodically and others on a full-time basis?

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