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  The cost of discipleship

Jun 28, 2020
If we leave the stark dramatic impression aside, and without putting mild words in His mouth to soften the effect of His words, relationship with Jesus and with God is the fundamental relationship for a disciple.
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  Reflection: A holy paradox

Jun 21, 2020
If God wants to place me in vulnerable situations I accept that God is leading me - whatever happens, happens. The Columban missionary society has had one Columban sister killed and over 25 priests die violently. Some were straight out martyrs, others victims of violence.
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  Reflection - The struggle is the prayer

Jun 16, 2020
St Teresa of Calcutta struggled with doubts and darkness in her spiritual life for nearly 50 years. In this time of uncertainty we are reminded that faith does not eliminate doubt but allows doubt to transform it.
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  Corpus Christi - Food for the journey of life

Jun 13, 2020
For Catholics, the Eucharist is a gift from Jesus, the risen Lord, to us. The early Christians described it as food for the journey of life.
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  Trinity - A ‘mystery’ that cannot be fully understood

Jun 04, 2020
We believe that God has revealed this truth to us in the history of revelation in the sacred scriptures. The initiative came from God and whom the New Testament shows that though God is one - the Father, Son and Holy Spirit - have different roles to play in the lives of people.
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  The Ascension - Yes Lord we believe!

May 23, 2020
Centuries have passed and his mission of baptising people into the life of God and inviting us to live the forgiving life that Jesus did, continues to this day.
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  Preparing for the Holy Spirit

May 20, 2020
The feasts of Pentecost and the Holy Trinity are coming in the liturgical calendar of the Church. Hearing today’s gospel we are prepared for them when we hear that Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to the apostles and disciples and the Holy Spirit would remain with them - with us, forever.
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  Reflection - Where is God in all of this?

May 11, 2020
At this time of pandemic I wonder how many of us are asking, ''Where is God in all this?" It is a big question to answer. Columban Fr Gary Walker writes a thoughtful reflection reminding us not to forget that God is always with us.
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  Reflection - Fifth Sunday of Easter - Going home

May 10, 2020
Home’ is a far off dream for them as they endure their travels with pain and suffering but hope because they have no other option than to hope.
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  Reflection - Fourth Sunday of Easter - How to have life to the full?

May 02, 2020
Faith is a mysterious movement of the heart towards God, which starts in the heart of God and reaches out to us through the person of Jesus and his words.
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  Reflection - Third Sunday of Easter - Coming to faith

Apr 25, 2020
This week the gospel story is a post-resurrection account of Jesus meeting two disciples on the road to the village of Emmaus and their coming to believe in Jesus as risen and alive.
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  Reflection - Jesus died to prove how good we are

Apr 06, 2020
Jesus does not love us because he is so good and all forgiving, he would forgive us anything. He loves us because we are loveable. He likes us.
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  Lenten Reflection - Coronavirus and raising of Lazarus

Mar 28, 2020
We seem to be moving through Lent at speed. We are at the fifth Sunday of Lent in a rapidly changing world. We celebrate the raising of Lazarus from the dead but face the spectre of universal death.
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  Lenten Reflection - It is only with the heart that one can see rightly

Mar 22, 2020
The irony in this gospel incident is that a wonderful miracle occurred but no one is happy about it, the miracle is the cause of dissension and annoyance.
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  Lenten Reflection - The encounter of kindness

Mar 16, 2020
The world is full of hostility towards other races or cultural and religious identities. Many people crave uniformity or they become afraid but unity in diversity is the best we can do. More than the ‘best we can do’ Jesus has welcomed all peoples, like the Samaritans. There are no outsiders in the eyes…
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  Lenten Reflection - Transfiguration of Jesus gives us hope in our suffering

Mar 05, 2020
The Transfiguration is a powerful and mysterious event in which Moses and Elijah, who have both suffered for following the call of God, come to strengthen Jesus for the difficult road ahead as he does the Father’s will in proceeding to Jerusalem.
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  Lenten Reflection - The opportune tempter and the 40 days

Feb 26, 2020
Jesus is hungry and tired after a fast of 40 days. He is ready to be tempted. We are not at our best or strongest when we are tired and hungry; it is the logical time for the tempter to make a move.
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  Reflection - The space between them

Jan 20, 2020
To this day Christian faith in China struggles to be seen as other than a foreign import. How different the story of mission might have been if Ricci’s approach had been supported.
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  Reflection - Drawing near

Dec 02, 2019
The countdown clock for the Olympic Games starts as soon the games are declared closed – a four year waiting period to the next one. As the time ticks down and the big day draws near the level of anticipation rises.
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  Reflection - Mortality and immortality

Oct 09, 2019
Reflecting on the fact that my days are numbered is not a morbid exercise, but rather an invitation to develop a larger perspective on myself and on the world.
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