Thursday 28 November 2019: Created in Whose Image

Daniel 6:12-28 The presidents and satraps came along in a body and found Daniel praying and pleading with God. They then came to the king and said, ‘Have you not just signed an edict forbidding any man for the next thirty days to pray to anyone, god or man,...

Friday 15 November, 2019 – Rhythms of Presence

The normal rhythm of a day includes times when the joy of the day and the bright sunshine, blue skies, birds singing and beauty surrounds you. And then this fades and gives way to the shadows and fears of night and the unknowing of darkness. The ocean waves rejoice...

Wednesday 13 February, 2019 – Intention arises in the heart

Genesis recounts the Creation.  A movement of division and diversity.  From one whole, comes many parts. Heaven and earth, light and darkness, day and night, evening and morning, waters above heaven and waters below, earth and seas, diverse vegetation, Sun and Moon with the stars. In the beginning God...

Monday 4 February, 2019 – I will not fail you

The heroes of faith listed in the reading from the Hebrews 11:32-40 were, “weak people given strength.” In today’s Gospel text Mark 5:1-20, we hear that no one had the strength to control the demoniac.  He was possessed by something very powerful.  Our world today is also possessed by...

Wednesday 9th May, 2018 – God leads us.

Rome is a beautiful city.  A very historical city.  We know that there are more churches in Rome than in any other city in the world.  I think you could live here for a life time and never visit every church in Rome.  The churches are highly decorated.  There...

Thursday 1st December, 2016 – Being Blindsided

Shadow and Being Blindsided “… like most dark nights of the soul, wounds expectedly and at a particularly vulnerable part of ourselves. When you read the literature on nights of the soul by the great mystics, you see that a dark night of the soul almost always hits you in...

Monday 22nd December, 2015

Life of the Beloved, Henri Nouwen Taken To become the Beloved we, first of all, have to claim that we are taken. That might sound very strange at first, and, still, to be taken is essential in becoming the Beloved. As I have mentioned already, we can desire to...

Friday 20th March 2015

Wisdom 2:1,12-22 The godless say to themselves, with their misguided reasoning: ‘Our life is short and dreary, nor is there any relief when man’s end comes, nor is anyone known who can give release from Hades. Let us lie in wait for the virtuous man, since he annoys us...

Thursday 4th December, 2014 – The Tyranny of the Should

Neurosis and Human Growth: THE STRUGGLE TOWARD SELF-REALIZATION Dr. Karen Horney From Chapter 3: The Tyranny of the Should – a paraphrase Unlike Pygmalion, who tried to make another person into a creature fulfilling his concept of beauty, I set to work to mold myself into a supreme being...

Friday 14th February 2014

Last night I read Pope Francis’ message to the World Economic Forum in Davos (for text go to: http://abundance.org.au/ensure-humanity-is-served-by-wealth-not-ruled-by-it/ ). I was jolted by the following words, “Those working in these sectors have a precise responsibility towards others, particularly those who are most frail, weak and vulnerable. It is...

Sunday 12th January 2014

Isaiah 42:1-4,6-7      …  my chosen one in whom my soul delights. … I have endowed him with my spirit that he may bring true justice to the nations. …. He does not cry out or shout aloud, or make his voice heard in the streets.  He does not break...

Saturday 11th January 2014

Gospel Luke 5:12-16 Jesus was in one of the towns when a man appeared, covered with leprosy. Seeing Jesus he fell on his face and implored him. ‘Sir,’ he said ‘if you want to, you can cure me.’ Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him and said, ‘Of course...

Thursday 9th January, 2014

1 John 4:11-18   “…as long as we love one another God will live in us and God’s love will be complete in us…. We ourselves have known and put our faith in God’s love towards ourselves. God is love and anyone who lives in love lives in God, and...

Sunday 4th August, 2013

The separate self is the problem, whereas most religion and most people make the shadow self the problem. This leads to denying, pretending, and projecting instead of real transformation into the Divine (Transformation). The Fifth Theme, from the Seven Underlying Themes of Richard Rohr’s Teachings    

Saturday 3rd August, 2013

When we find what we were not looking for, there is deep joy. The joy of discovering what we are not looking for. The journey not the destination is what is important. Bishop Vincent Long from homily at Pat Mara’s Deaconate.  

Thursday 25th July, 2013

Sorrento Retreat Day 7:   The goal, if there is one, is out of sight.  I see no thing, nor do I intuit where it is leading me.  I am in the darkest dark I have known.  Not a dark humour but a darkness of clarity.  To arrive at a goal I...

Wednesday 24 July, 2013

Sorrento Retreat Day 6:  Again, light and joy.  Light and joy at some level beneath apprehension. Light and joy in the morning and light and joy in the evening.  And if this is so then light and joy is the constant underpinning of standing in willingness rather than a...

Tuesday 23 July, 2013

Sorrento Retreat Day 5:  While to my complete awe I am greeted again, a seventh time in three days, with light and joy, there is a new night-time dawning.  The clarity with which separation is determined, is not clear at all.  I turn and face the strange; as Bowie serenaded in the...