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Canticle of the Sun

St. Francis of Assisi whose feast day it is today (4th October) believed that everything in the natural world was a gift from God and deserved to be appreciated and valued.  Because of this, Francis in his ‘Canticle of the Sun’  refers to the sun, wind, air, and fire as his brothers, and to the moon, stars, earth, water, and death ...

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Religious life in a post-human age

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The Gospel life was never meant to be lived enclosed, but on the edge of a new future in God, writes Ilia Delio in an essay about religious life.   I recently returned from a retreat at San Alfonso Retreat House in Long Branch, New Jersey, where 110 sisters gathered each day for liturgy, prayer and presentation. The sisters were ...

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I have come into this world

This poem by the poet Hafiz, provided the powerful reflection piece shared with participants at our North East Province Justice Peace & Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Commission Justice event in November 2018. I have come into this world to see this I have come into this world to see this: the sword drop from men’s hands even at the height ...

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The courage for encounter

Like very many others, I have followed the daily world media reports on the recent fourteen day journey of Greta Thunberg the sixteen year old Climate Activist from Sweden as she took on the gruelling challenge of sailing to New York for the UN Climate Action Summit in September.  I have been mesmerised by someone so young courageously taking up ...

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Summer Spiritual Inspiration: Tenzin Palmo

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Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo was born in England in 1943 and named Diane Perry. She and her older brother were raised in London by her mother, after her father’s death when Diane was 2 years old. Mrs Perry was a spiritualist who held séances in the family home, and Tenzin Palmo credits this as being a strong and positive influence on her ...

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Summer Spiritual Inspiration: Spirituality of Desire


A spirituality of desire makes us appreciate that we are all mystics in the sense that the interior space that is in us is a privileged place of encounter with God.   In our lives and in our prayer practice, we often unconsciously live out two different types of spirituality:   1) A spirituality of duty is focused on following the ...

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Summer Spiritual Inspiration: Mary of Magdala

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The message of the Resurrection was first entrusted to Mary of Magdala according to John.  She stayed with him during his crucifixion and was a primary witness of his resurrection.  But images of her throughout the ages and still today portray inaccurately. Nowhere in scripture is Mary of Magdala identified as a public sinner or a prostitute.  Yet, even in productions ...

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Contemplating the Sun

There are times when one needs to disconnect from the everyday things that drive our every movement, the tasks and the chores of life, jobs to be done, commitments made, the often manic pace of life… and just take a deep breath — literally and metaphorically – and just look. So here is an excuse to take that deep breath, ...

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Summer Spiritual Inspiration: Etty Hillesum

Etty Hillesum

Etty Hillesum was a vital, life-giving presence in the midst of darkness and evil.  Through the months in the concentration camp, as her contemplative heart attended to her inner life more and more, she developed a deep sense of solidarity which her people, and she found she longed to care for the weakest and most vulnerable. She interrupts the scoffing ...

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Meeting otherness

When you meet the other, whoever they are, stop. Just stop. Stop long enough to become present to their being as a door to Divine Presence. When you meet the other, whoever they are, bow. Just bow. Bow low enough to reverence their being as a gift held in existence by Divine Love. When you meet the other, whoever they ...

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