When the Word Became Flesh

HE WAS the true light which enlightens everyone coming into the world …. And the Word was made flesh and lived among us’ John 1.5,14. Life presents us with so many challenges it’s not surprising if at times we find ourselves dissatisfied – with our looks...

Children, Silence and God

THE VARIETY of personality and experience makes awareness of God’s presence unique to each of us. But we are all so slow to understand the magnificence of the invitation to be wholly open to God. God is already present within us, and as in any relationship, it...

The Basis of Faith

IN YOUR hearts reverence Christ as Lord, and always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope that you have.’ 1 Peter 3.15. But in speaking about our faith, hope and love, where should we begin? It’s no good starting with churchy stuff or...

Change of Papal Style

THE BEGINNING of Francis’ papacy has changed perceptions of the Catholic Church. When Benedict XVI stood down the media image of the Church was poor. Catholicism was generally regarded as narrow-minded, corrupt and sclerotic. This was unfair to the millions of...

Resentment Overcome

BECAUSE WE TEND to want what others have, resentment is liable to be present in any human community and family. This creates tension, jealousy and conflict. Anthropologists tell us that we try to rid ourselves of tension by scapegoating. For example, imagine going out...

True Prayer

IN THE PARABLE of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, Jesus dismisses the first approach to prayer and praises the second. The proper approach to prayer is the attitude of humility, recognising one’s faults and failings. Confronted with the goodness and holiness...