A time to be slow …

This is the time to be slow,Lie low to the wallUntil the bitter weather passes. Try, as best you can, not to letThe wire brush of doubtScrape from your heartAll sense of yourselfAnd your hesitant light. If you remain generous,Time will come good;And you will find your feetAgain on...

Saturday 21 March 2020 – Certainty

The Lord says this: They will search for me in their misery. ‘Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces, but he will heal us; he has struck us down, but he will bandage our wounds; after a day or two he will bring...

Monday 2 March 2020 – Holiness

Monday of the 1st week of Lent 2 March 2020  Leviticus 19:1-2,11-18                    The Lord spoke to Moses; he said: ‘Speak to the whole community of the sons of Israel and say to them: ‘“Be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy.    ‘“You must not steal...

Sunday 1 March 2020 – Lenten Abundance

1st Sunday of Lent 1 March 2020  Genesis 2:7-9,3:1-7                         The Lord God fashioned man of dust from the soil. Then he breathed into his nostrils a breath of life, and thus man became a living being.   The Lord God planted a garden in Eden which is in the...

Thursday 27 Feb., 2020 – Your Goodness

  Deuteronomy 30:15-20                                 Moses said to the people: ‘See, today I set before you life and prosperity, death and disaster. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I enjoin on you today, if you love the Lord your God and follow his ways,...

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...