"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?"
"No Catholic who pays even the slightest attention to our culture can be naïve about the scandal of clerical abuse in our world."
"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."
". . . 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."
"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
"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, . . . "
"My experience is that when I am freed from my interior struggles that I am more able to be present to the other."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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”."
"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