Sacred scripture tells us to pray without ceasing. In fact St Paul tells us specifically in his first letter to the Thessalonians (5:16-18) to “ Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
This year I’ve decided to spend a couple of months travelling - I was so excited. Around November I was telling my family and friends of my future travels and how much I was looking forward to it but somehow there would always be a point in the conversation where they...
In this year 2017, a most special period of time begins on April 16 and finishes on June 4. The first date is Easter and the second is Pentecost. That period of fifty days is the time the Church takes to properly celebrate the prime importance of the Resurrected Christ.
REFLECTIONS ON THE WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
How times, culture, bigotry, prejudice and religious animosity have changed in my lifetime... a personal reflection.
I grew up in a strongly Catholic family, a mixture of two periods of religious persecution: Catholic emancipation, permission to practice your faith openly only emerged in the mid 1800's in England. In Ireland it was more of an economic persecution of Catholics resulting from an English protestant invasion which drove Catholics from their homesteads into abject poverty.
Jesus says that “blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” Mathew 5:3, there can be a number of different interpretations of this truth. . I recently learned of one perspective which I think worthwhile to share in the context of our Vincentian spirit and activities. This is the perspective projected from the parable of Luke 18:9-14 - the Pharisee and the Tax Collector praying separately in the synagogue.
One tradition that we have let slip is that of the twelve days of Christmas. Of course we are reminded of the matter when we hear the popular Christmas Carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas (more about the song later).
An interesting way of celebrating the twelve days is to make each day correspond to...
A young man has become truly acquainted with his girlfriend and decides to propose marriage. Obviously he will not give her a diamond in a little bag but rather properly mounted on a ring. Christmas is the diamond and the Advent season is the setting.